UH-Tarmac Three-Year Master Planning

Three year master planning and sustainable living research project concludes

The current round of research within the UH-Tarmac Sustainable Living Partnership has built on an earlier three-year research project on sustainable living in master planned communities in the UK and Australia.

The final report and report summary "People, product and places. Exploring sustainable-living practices in master-planned communities", was undertaken by Dr Alisdair Jones, Dr John McCormack and Dr Susan Parham.

These summary and full versions of our reporting, represent the culmination of a substantial, comparative 3-year study into sustainable living practices undertaken in the UK and Australia. This research work on an important aspect of making sustainable communities has been completed under the auspices of the UH - Tarmac Sustainable Living Partnership.

Research summary report

Full research report

UH - Tarmac sustainable living partnership

Through its urbanism work stream, the Centre for Sustainable Communities has been part of an exciting research partnership with Tarmac focusing on sustainable living. The partnership arose from a desire to face up to the challenges of creating sustainable communities and has been working to create a debate about sustainable living and contribute to national and international work on this theme.

The partnership combines Tarmac's and the University of Hertfordshire's individual practical and academic expertise, in order to inform and influence the sustainable living agenda in 3 specific areas:

  • designing sustainable places to live
  • moving away from fossil fuel dependence
  • supporting sustainable transport choices

In so doing the partnership fits well within the Centre's focus on aspects of sustainable communities including urbanism, transport and energy

Tarmac very generously funded the Centre for Sustainable Communities at a level of £50,000 p.a. for 3 years, in which the work was aimed at generating and publicising very practical and useful results through applied research and dissemination on sustainable living research topics.

To further the Partnership's working aims, comparative fieldwork that has been undertaken in both the UK and Australia, exploring attitudes to sustainable living in master-planned communities. The results have been discussed and documented at a mid-term conference 'Living Sustainably' and the Proceedings may be downloaded here.

Through this partnership work we have made a significant contribution to both academic scholarship and offer applied research outcomes that help influence wider perspectives on this vital topic. Insights from research and other projects have been disseminated widely, added to the best practice literature and the results used to inform policy makers and opinion shapers.