Dr Danielle Sinnett

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Dr Danielle Sinnett is an environmental scientist with expertise in green infrastructure and land regeneration. She is an associate professor in the Centre for Sustainable Planning and 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.

Currently, Danni is a co-investigator/researcher on INSPIRE: IN Situ Processes In Resource Extraction from waste repositories, this is a three year project funded through NERC's Resource Recovery for Waste programme. The project started in September 2014 is being led by University of Cardiff (PI: Dr Devin Sapsford) in collaboration with the University of Warwick and the University of the West of England. It will examine in situ technologies to recover resources (e.g. Elements of Value, 'E tech' elements and energy) from waste repositories (e.g. mine wastes, metallurigical and ash waste and landfills). Danni and Professor Katie Williams are leading on the assessment of the social and environmental impact of the technologies. The current phase of the work is focussed on the development of a typology of the ecosystem services provided by waste repositories.

She has worked on a number of projects including the EU-funded URBAN-NEXUS project and the EPSRC-funded HEAT@UWE: Bridging the gaps in health, environment and technology and PUrE (Pollutants in the Urban Environment) projects as well as contracts for the Campaign to Protect Rural England on 'The availability of brownfield sites in England for housing development' and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors on 'Green infrastructure in urban areas'.

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 been commissioned to undertake a review for NERC in the translation of GI research into practice.

Danni is the module leader for Healthy Sustainable Communities (UBLMGN-30-1) and Sustainability in the Built Environment (UBLMR4-15-M) and teaches on a number of other modules. She is also supervising two doctoral students: Sarah Burgess and Emma Griffin. 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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