New doctoral researcher: Jan Gerhards

26 April 2016

Jan Gerhards

Jan Gerhards has joined the International Eco-Cities Initiative as a new doctoral researcher working on urban sustainability impact measurement and evaluation.

Jan is carrying out his doctoral project as part of an ongoing collaboration between the International Eco-Cities Initiative and Bioregional, the social enterprise behind ‘One Planet Living’, one of a growing number of sustainability frameworks seeking to translate the principles of sustainable urban development into practice.

Jan’s research aims to address the challenge of producing a transferable, replicable method for measuring and assessing sustainability across varying contexts and scales and within complex, dynamic systems. Particular areas of focus include knowledge transfer and capture, community engagement and learning, and issues of governance.

The collaboration with Bioregional has the benefit of yielding insights into the practical challenges, strengths, limitations and governance issues relating to impact evaluation in a practice-based context.

Jan obtained his first degree in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge, where he participated in research and community projects on low-carbon buildings, and carried out his dissertation on well-being and climate change. After university, he worked in the renewable energy industry before moving into the education sector, developing a secondary science teaching programme aimed at engaging students with sustainability issues.

For more information on eco-city frameworks, see the Eco-Cities Initiative’s Tomorrow’s City Today report.

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