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home for the future

Homes for the future

  • Principle Investigator:    Dr Jo Williams
  • Duration: 36 months (complete)
Description

This project sought to determine the resource and wider social benefits of collaborative and collective living arrangements (sharing resources). It analysed the potential for innovative living arrangements (particularly various models of cohousing) to scale-up from experiments and translate into new international contexts. It also analysed the impact of living alone on both resource consumption and social dimensions and found an impending consumption crisis attached to the growth in small households.

Publications

WILLIAMS, J (2008) Predicting an American future for cohousing and a more sustainable lifestyle?  Futures Journal, 40(3), pp 1-19 . (REF 3 star)[Link]

WILLIAMS,J (2006). Innovative solutions for averting a potential resource crisis – the case of one-person households in England and Wales. Journal of Environment, development and Sustainability 9, 325-354.[Link]

WILLIAMS,J. (2005). 'Designing Neighbourhoods for Social Interaction - the case of Co-Housing' Journal of Urban Design 10(3), 195-227. ISSN: 1357-4809[Link]

WILLIAMS,J. (2005). 'Sun, Surf & Sustainable Housing -co-housing: the Californian experience' International Planning Studies 10(2), 145-177. ISSN: 1356-3475[Link]

zero carbon futures

Zero carbon Futures

  • Principle Investigator:    Dr Jo Williams
  • Duration: 36 months (complete)
  • Funder: Grand Challenges
Description

This project sought to understand the levers and barriers to transitioning towards zero carbon in cities.  It particularly focussed on the potential for low carbon experiments to scale-up within cities, but also to inform the development regime nationally and internationally. The research also resulted in a book which traced the conditions needed for low carbon transformations in cities.

Publications

Williams, J (2011) Zero Carbon Homes  - A Road Map, Earthscan and Routledge Press, London. [Link]

Williams, J (2012) Regulative, facilitative and strategic contributions of planning to achieving low carbon development. Planning Theory and Practice , Planning Theory & Practice 13 (1), 113-174. 

Williams, J (2013) The role of planning in delivering low carbon urban infrastructure, Environment and Planning B, 40 (4), pp 683-706.[Link]

Williams, J (2016) Can low carbon city experiments transform the development regime? Futures 77, pp.80-96.[Link]

Lost in Translation

  • Principle Investigator: Dr Jo Williams
  • Duration: 18 months(complete)
  • Researcher: Dr Jo Ram
  • Funder: BHP Billiton
Description

This project sought to understand how low carbon and circular experiments could translate across cultural contexts, from their cities of origin in Europe to cities of destination in Asia. It looked particularly at the translation of experiments from Europe to Chinese eco-cities.

Publications

Williams, J (2016) Can low carbon city experiments transform the development regime? Futures 77, pp.80-96. [Link]

 

Williams, J (2017) Lost in translation: Translating low carbon experiments into new spatial contexts viewed through the mobile-transitions lens, Journal of Cleaner Production (published online). [Link]

 

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