Dr Federico Caprotti
Associate Professor in Human Geography

Research

Research interests

My main research interests are in the relationship between nature and the city, and in the ways in which discourses, urban plans, visualities and geographical imaginations and visions of the city are used to shape urban and societal futures. I have carried out historical work on these topics, focusing on the construction of new towns and on visualities associated with technology. More recently, over the past ten years I have been working more closely on contemporary eco-city and smart city projects, with a focus on new-build and retrofit urbanism in China and Europe. My research is informed by conceptual approaches including urban political ecology, cultural economy, and critical approaches to the study of transitions.

Research projects

Smart Eco-Cities for a Green Economy (SMART-ECO) (ESRC total: £382,000; consortium total of €1,100,000) (2015-18. Role: PI).

SMART-ECO is a large international research consortium trying to tackle the question of how new-build and retrofitted smart eco-city projects in Europe and China can be critically understood in light of their use as experimental spaces in which transitions to a green economy can be tested. The project involves researchers, including postdoctoral staff, at universities in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, France and China.

Urban Transformation in South Africa Through Co-Designing Energy Services Provision Pathways (URBATRANS) (ESRC-NRF; ESRC total: £399,348) (2016-19. Role: PI).

URBATRANS is a collaborative international research project, jointly led by the universities of Exeter and Cape Town, and involving Sustainable Energy Africa. It tries to tackle some of the questions around unequal energy provisions in selected municipalities in South Africa through a process of co-design with stakeholders.

Probability and Uncertainty in Risk Estimation and Communication: A UK-China Collaboration (NERC-ESRC total: £149,046) (2016-19. Role: Co-I).

The project aims to assess the communication and assessment of risk, with a focus on Chinese urban areas.

Grants/Funding:

2016-19: Urban Transformation in South Africa Through Co-Designing Energy Services Provision Pathways (URBATRANS) (ESRC-NRF; ESRC total: £399,348) (Role: PI).

2016-19: Probability and Uncertainty in Risk Estimation and Communication: A UK-China Collaboration (NERC-ESRC total: £149,046) (2016-19. Role: Co-I).

2015-18: Smart Eco-Cities for a Green Economy (SMART-ECO) (ESRC total: £382,000; consortium total of €1,100,000) (Role: PI).

2015-16: Sir Richard Trainor PhD studentship. Funded studentship for one student  to work on smart cities, with industrial supervision from IBM (£45,000)

2011-12: Royal Geographical Society Small Research Grant (£2,800)

2009-11: Nuffield Foundation Social Sciences Research Grant (£8,000)

2009-10: British Academy Small Research Grant, 2009-10 (£7,500)               

2008-09: Royal Geographical Society-EPSRC Small Research Grant (£2,150)            

2006-08: British Academy Small Research Grant (£5,850)    

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