UCD socio-economic and environmental dynamics research centre opens
A new inter-disciplinary research centre focused on the dynamics of socio-economic and environmental processes, at various spatial scales, was announced today at University College Dublin (UCD).
The UCD Spatial Dynamics Lab at the School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy, will provide advancements in the analysis of innovation processes, environmental impact, evolutionary patterns and structural change at a city and regional scale.
The Centre has been established by Dr Dieter F. Kogler and Dr Francesco Pilla who are respectively leading two large-scale European Commission funded projects.
Dr Kogler is a European Research Council Starter Grant holder, whose five-year, €1.5 million project is entitled Technology Evolution in Regional Economies (TechEvo).
TechEvo aims to produce a series of economic indicators, models and tools which will enable firms and policy makers, across Europe, to make more informed location-based investment decisions.
Dr Pilla is the coordinator and principal investigator of a three-year, €5.8 million Horizon 2020-funded research project entitled Improving the Smart Control of Air Pollution in Europe (iSCAPE).
The overall objective of iSCAPE is to develop an integrated strategy for air pollution control in European cities, grounded on evidence-based analysis, by leveraging passive control systems, policy interventions and behavioural changes of citizens’ lifestyles.
“The cross-fertilisation of ideas derived from different, but complementary scientific backgrounds, holds the potential for real break-through discoveries and entirely new research avenues,” said Dr Kogler.
“In this regard the long-term goal of the UCD Spatial Dynamics Lab is to establish itself as an international renowned hub of scientific expertise specialising in the visualisation and analysis of socio-economic and environmental spatial data.”
Dr Pilla added: “The UCD Spatial Dynamics Lab aims to serve as a showcase for expertise that will assist researchers, practitioners, industry partners and policy makers in building and maintaining strong strategic partnerships.”
Emeritus Professor John Goddard OBE of Newcastle University, who founded and led the University’s Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), was guest speaker at the launch event.