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Phd Prize Fellows 2016

  Capco Future Cities PhD Prize Fellowships 2016

Future Cities


Future Cities is a 3 year programme which includes the award of 8 PhD  Future Cities Prize Fellowships each year to support the development of research relating to future cities by some of the brightest young PhD students at Cambridge University.

The Future Cities Fellowships are awarded through a generous gift from Capital and Counties Properties Plc to support PhD students in development of their research interests on topics relating to the future of cities.


 “I was very pleased to have been given the opportunity to contribute to the Future Cities initiative. It allowed me to explore some areas of research relevant to my future career, that I wouldn't have been able to do otherwise. The work I did also complimented other parts of my PhD and through it, I engaged with other people from across the University who all are interested in cities but from very different perspectives."  

Simon Price, 2016 PhD Future Cities Fellow


 Below you can see the Prize fellows and the range of research for 2016, summarised on the downloadable posters, which drew on a range of disciplines and topics ranging from how to generate a greater sense of ownership amongst low income groups and the impact of segregation on quality of life to the management of ground beneath cities and from the value of heritage/placemaking in creating value, to the future of urban greenbelts and to how urban environments can be designed to promote public health

Brian ChiangBrian Chang

Graduate student, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge

 Before commencing my PhD research at Cambridge, I worked as an urban designer in both the public and private sectors in London for 6 years, and I also undertook a Masters degree in City Design and Social Science at London School of Economics.

My research interests incorporate cities and consumption in the information age. My PhD is focused on town centres in informational consumerism with the aspect of 'spatial consumption' of multi-channelled shopping places. It aims to understand how town centres function in this context, and the role of amenity space in the informational consumption process

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Charles Barlow

Graduate student, Department of Geography, University of CambridgeCharlie Barlow

Charlie has a keen interest in housing and welfare policies, and focuses his research efforts on residential segregation, socioeconomic inequalities and citizenship entitlements within inner-city neighbourhoods in the United States.

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Hannah Baker

Graduate student in civil engineering, Department of Engineering, University of CambridgeHannah

Currently a graduate student in the 1st year of PhD research in the ‘Future Infrastructure and Built Environment’ Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) based in the Engineering Department, University of Cambridge. Previously completed an Undergraduate degree in Architecture and a Masters degree in Town and Country Planning. Then worked full-time as a research assistant at Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd. before enrolling in the CDT.

My Research focuses on the decision to demolish or adapt existing buildings on master-plan regeneration sites. The research aims to identify key stakeholders and criteria in the decision-making process and how these can be used to aid sustainable decision-making. This is being achieved through interviews and case study investigations.

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Juan-Fernando BucheliFernando

Graduate student, Centre for Development Studies, University of Cambridge

I am a PhD student in the Centre of Development Studies and previously completed a MPhil in Development Studies at Cambridge University and a Masters Degree in Development and International Aid at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. I have over nine years experience teaching on topics such as Development Project Management, Coordination and Effectiveness of International Aid and Evaluation of Public Policy. I have worked as a consultant for state institutions, particularly with the Colombian Government Agency for Development, Foreign Ministry, and Municipalities, and the NGO sector in Colombia.

I am currently researching how socio-economic segregation (aka residential segregation) affects urban quality of life. With the city of Bogota as a testing ground, I attempt to bring the normative theory of the Capability Approach into the field of urban studies in order to understand how the existence of mixed communities in the urban landscape affects how young people live in and experience the city. 

My research interests are inequality in cities, evidence-based policy, and quality of life. 

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Kirsten Van Fossen

PhD student in the Industrial Sustainability Group, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge

Current ResearchKirsten_V)Fossen

Prevention of diet-related disease offers a proactive approach to foster public health and well-being, but sustainable and effective approaches for prevention still remain a challenge. Kirsten is exploring business ecosystems that aim to improve public health by means of food system innovation. She hopes to develop a clear understanding of the factors and incentives that draw the various organizations and individuals to engage in the ecosystem. Kirsten is using a systems approach to look at how entrepreneurs and organizations who seek to make positive social impact are changing our food system and helping consumers in need access and adopt healthy diets. 

Research Interests

Kirsten is broadly interested in how to design systems and spaces that encourage healthy, sustainable living. While her PhD research narrows in on transformations within the food environment, Kirsten is also interested in understanding how systems and spaces can encourage physical activity, promote holistic wellness and foster social inclusion.

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Kristen MacAskill

PhD student in the Centre for Sustainable Development, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge


Kristen MacAskill (BEng (Hons) MEM (Dist) MPhil (Dist)) commenced her PhD in the Centre for Sustainable Development in 2012. Her research focuses on the application of sustainability and resilience principles in infrastructure project decisions.  She has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (2006) and Master of Engineering Management (2007) from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and is a graduate of the Centre's MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development (2012).

Beyond her academic pursuits, Kristen has worked for several years as a consulting engineer in both the water and transport sectors. Her experience covers diverse areas of infrastructure development, including: strategic level options assessment, post-earthquake damage assessment, infrastructure design, project management and sustainability assessment.

Through her experience, Kristen is highly aware of the challenges involved in integrating sustainability and resilience concepts into engineering project decisions, and in dealing with risk and uncertainty. She is particularly interested in urban reconstruction circumstances, where there are opportunities to "build back better" and advance the sustainability/resilience agenda for infrastructure development. This has led Kristen to focus her PhD research on exploring decision making in post-disaster urban infrastructure reconstruction activities, with an aim to understand the extent to which sustainability, resilience and uncertainty factors influence the reconstruction programme outcome.

She is supported by a Cambridge International Scholarship and she is a member of Corpus Christi College.

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Mingfei Ma

Graduate student, Department of Architecture, University of CambridgeMingfei-Ma

Mingfei is a PhD student in urban planning, design and modelling in the Department of Architecture. She is interested in understanding how planning policies affect the development of cities and how residents adapt to the changes. Trained as an architect in undergraduate studies, she is particularly interested in using the insights from quantitative analysis to create design solutions.

Her research topic for the Future Cities project is to find how greenbelts affect the economic performance of emerging cities in Asia and to design alternatives to greenbelts. She is using computer models to test and quantify the policy impacts.

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Simon Price 

PhD student in the Quaternary Palaeoenvironments Group and
Department of Engineering, University of CambridgeSimon Price

Simon’s background is in urban geoscience; investigating the ground and its physical properties beneath cities and its current and future sustainable use. Simon’s research interests include quantifying the impacts of glacial and periglacial processes on the geotechnical properties and behaviour of the ground using geotechnical laboratory techniques and 3D geological modelling. Simon is also interested in quantifying the magnitude and extent of human-driven landscape modification.

Simon’s Future Cities research examines the use of applied 3D ground models in optimising the use of land for city development and regeneration. It focuses on the spatial assessment of ground properties as a means to identify their suitability for sustainable land-uses including sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) and ground source heat.

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