Professor Danielle Sinnett

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  • Qualifications:BSc(Hons) MSc MSc PhD
  • Position:Professor in Sustainable Built Environments
  • Department:FET - Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Telephone:+4411732 86603

About me

Professor Danielle Sinnett is an environmental scientist with expertise in green infrastructure and land regeneration. She is Director of the Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments and a Professor in Sustainable Built Environments. Her research has focussed on green infrastructure primarily as a mechanism to regenerate brownfield and contaminated land. This has included the soil properties needed to ensure successful greening, the means to achieve these and the risks to ecological receptors. She has also looked at the ecosystem services provided by green infrastructure.

She is a Co-investigator on the EPSRC-funded Accelerated Supergene Processes in Repository Engineering (ASPIRE) project led by University of Cardiff. This three-year project started in 2021 and Danni is leading a workpackage examining the opportunity for respositories to provide temporary green spaces and stakeholder perspectives of the technology.

Danni is also a Co-investigator on the NERC/ESRC-funded project Biurbs: valuing biodiversity in multifuctional urban development and environments. This projected started in August 2022 and is led by University of Manchester, in collaboration with Stolon Studios and University of East London.

Prior to this, Danni was a Co-investigator on INSPIRE: IN Situ Processes In Resource Extraction from waste repositories, which was funded through NERC's Resource Recovery for Waste programme. The project started in September 2014 and was led by University of Cardiff (PI: Dr Devin Sapsford) in collaboration with the University of Warwick and the University of the West of England. Danni led on the assessment of the social and environmental impact of the technologies.

She has undertaken a number of consultancy research contracts and recent examples including Public Health England's Getting Research into Practice 2 and a review for the World Health Organization on the redevelopment of contaminated sites.

Knowledge exchange is an important component of her work and she was the lead academic on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, funded by NERC and Innovate UK. This project developed a benchmark for the planning, design and delivery of green infrastructure: Building with Nature and embedded green infrastructure expertise into the wildlife trust. This was a 30 month project, running from Summer 2015 to early 2018. This work has resulted in a NERC Innovation Fund to examine the feasibility and market for a national benchmark. Danni was also commissioned to undertake a review for NERC in the translation of GI research into practice.

Danni is the module leader for Urban Greening (UBLLA1-15-M) and teaches on a number of other modules. If you interested studying for a research degree in one of Danni's areas of research please email her.

Area of expertise

Contaminated and brownfield land (soil amendments, cultivation and ecological risk assessment).
Green infrastructure and public open space.
Interdisciplinary research, interactions between environment and health.


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