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Aligning green infrastructure to sustainable development: A geographical contribution to an ongoing debate

De Vito, Laura; Staddon, Chad; Zuniga?Teran, Adriana A.; Gerlak, Andrea K.; Schoeman, Yolandi; Hart, Aimee; Booth, Giles


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Dr Laura De Vito
Senior Research Fellow in Air Quality Management

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Chad Staddon
Professor/Associate Head of Department: Research and Scholarship

Adriana A. Zuniga?Teran

Andrea K. Gerlak

Yolandi Schoeman

Aimee Hart

Giles Booth


Blue and green infrastructure (BGI) is increasingly viewed as a promising solution to promoting a shift beyond traditionally engineered “grey” approaches towards more socially and environmentally sustainable infrastructure systems. The specific insights of geographical scholarship on how to address issues of processes, scale, and place in BGI design, implementation, and long-term management would help unlock the potential for BGI to be appropriate and inclusive, as well as support environmentally sound solutions. In this paper we unpack issues of processes for inclusive decision-making to design and implement BGI projects that can advance sustainable development. We present an assessment framework and its application to two case studies that highlight the potential for better alignment of BGI projects to the three pillars of sustainable development and that reveal key research challenges that geographical scholarship could address. We believe that co-produced geographical research in this domain is well placed to tackle these research challenges.


De Vito, L., Staddon, C., Zuniga?Teran, A. A., Gerlak, A. K., Schoeman, Y., Hart, A., & Booth, G. (2022). Aligning green infrastructure to sustainable development: A geographical contribution to an ongoing debate. Area, 54(2), 242-251.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 15, 2021
Online Publication Date Oct 27, 2021
Publication Date 2022-06
Deposit Date Nov 2, 2021
Publicly Available Date Oct 28, 2023
Journal Area
Print ISSN 0004-0894
Electronic ISSN 1475-4762
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 54
Issue 2
Pages 242-251
Keywords Geography, Planning and Development
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Additional Information Published: 2021-10-27