Re-Engineering the City 2020-2050 (RETROFIT 2050)

This survey is part of an EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Science Research Council) funded research project. The project aims to examine how we re-engineer our cities to respond to climate change and resource constraints. What is to be done to the city (technical options, costs, changing behaviours, targets) and how it will be implemented (governance).

The research will look at the challenges of retrofitting two core city regions: Greater Manchester and Cardiff/South Wales. The term retrofitting implies improving energy, water and waste efficiencies through changes to the building fabric, form or systems in the built environment. For more information on the project please visit:

The research is being carried out by the Oxford Institute of Sustainable Development (OISD) at Oxford Brookes University, together with the Welsh School of Architecture (Cardiff University), and Salford and Cambridge Universities.

In order to provide the long term perspective and take account of future uncertainties we will develop a set of scenarios which will provide a framework for the research.

This survey aims to initiate this scenario building process by receiving your responses on local factors and key driving forces that will impact on the future retrofitting of UK cities together with the emerging technologies that could bring about change.

Your insight is of great value.

There are 22 questions in this survey and it is expected to take no longer than 20 minutes to complete. Your participation in this survey is voluntary and you are entitled to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason.

As a thank you for your time if you click YES in Q20 your name will be entered into a prize draw for a bottle of champagne. Your contact details will only be kept (i) if you wish to enter this draw; or (ii) you answer YES to Q21 to participate in an interview; or (iii) you click YES in Q22 to receive a summary of the results of the questionnaire.

Data generated by the study will be kept in accordance with the University's policy on Academic Integrity.

Thank you for taking time to respond to this survey which will close at 6.00pm on 15 August 2011.

Judith Britnell
Professor Tim Dixon

Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development, Oxford Brookes University
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