URSULA Urban River Corridors and Sustainable Living Agenda

URSULA is unique in that it tackles river corridor issues holistically by treating the river and its urban setting as a system. Throughout the project, we are developing innovations, tools and knowledge to help guide the regeneration of urban river corridors worldwide.Rivers have historically been at the heart of many cities. These potentially attractive and ecologically interesting urban spaces are now prime targets for redevelopment, offering the opportunity to create mixed use, high-density and high-quality communities.Our research aims to test the hypothesis that:”there are significant social, economic and environmental gains to be made by integrated and innovative interventions in urban river corridors”.

  • Title Original : URSULA Urban River Corridors and Sustainable Living Agenda
  • Website : http://www.ursula.ac.uk
  • Project start : 2008
  • Project end : 2012
  • Contact Person : e.lange@sheffield.ac.uk
  • Funding Agency : Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Project Partners : Eckart Lange David Lerner (Civil and Structural Engineering, The Univ. of Sheffield)
  • Project structure : A wide variety of public, private and not-for-profit organisations are partners in URSULA.
    The URSULA research programme is undertaken by the Universities of Sheffield, Bradford and Durham, incorporating broad expertise from leading academics in a wide range of disciplines.

     This major interdisciplinary project is managed from The University of Sheffield's Civil & Structural Engineering department. Other departments participating in URSULA include: Town & Regional Planning; Animal & Plant Sciences; Landscape; Computer Sciences; Architecture and Sociology.

    The University of Bradford's Department of Geography is participating in URSULA, and managing the People theme.

    The University of Durham is represented by the Department of Geography, which is undertaking research in URSULA's River theme.External partners. 
    We are working with local authorities, regional and national government agencies, private enterprises, professional institutions and other networks to develop new knowledge, models and integrated designs, leading to improved policies and practice in the regeneration of urban river corridors.
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