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The translation and use of green infrastructure evidence

Sinnett, Danielle; Calvert, Tom; Smith, Nicholas; Burgess, Sarah; King, Louise


Thomas Calvert
Research Fellow in Transport and Urban Planning

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Nicholas Smith
AHOD in Geography & Planning Cluster Leader

Sarah Burgess

Louise King
Associate Lecturer - FET - ABE - UABE0000


The success of green infrastructure (GI) depends on the sharing of good practice and research between disciplines and sectors. This paper presents findings from a study to examine how GI research is shared with non-academic audiences. GI has been an active research area in recent years, with a wealth of evidence coming from the academic community. This has been mirrored by a body of grey literature aimed at different disciplines and sectors. But it is important to understand which evidence is being used in this grey literature and what the gaps are either in research or in its translation. In this study, 25 pieces of grey literature were reviewed to identify what research is represented; presented as the benefits or ecosystem services provided by different types of GI. This review was presented to around 70 academics, policy makers and practitioners working in GI through two workshops. Attendees were asked questions in order to further understanding of how research is translated and used, and the mechanisms by which it can be more effectively shared. The paper provides insights into how those working in GI can work collaboratively to ensure research findings are relevant and usable.


Sinnett, D., Calvert, T., Smith, N., Burgess, S., & King, L. (2018). The translation and use of green infrastructure evidence. Proceedings of the ICE - Water Management, 171(2), 99-109.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 30, 2017
Online Publication Date Aug 29, 2017
Publication Date Apr 1, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jul 4, 2017
Journal Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Water Management
Print ISSN 1741-7589
Electronic ISSN 1751-7729
Publisher Thomas Telford
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 171
Issue 2
Pages 99-109
Keywords green infrastructure, planning, sustainable drainage systems, landscape architecture
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