Please note that this RPG Seminar will be held virtually via Zoom at the normal time [17 February 2021 (Wednesday), 13:00 p.m.]
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Urban air quality has been a global concern in current days. Several existing literatures argue that air quality is associated with complex and dynamic drivers. According to the Air Quality Index (AQI), Dhaka, as a mega city, continuously ranks the worst among the world’s most polluted cities in the recent years. Though the earlier studies explored the overall impacts of air pollution on human health and economy in the city, insufficient attention had been paid to investigate the influence of land use dynamics as well as variations in urban forms which are linked to air quality. There are several large-scale infrastructure projects (i.e. ‘Metro Rail’ and the ‘Elevated Expressway’) are ongoing as a part of integrated development in Dhaka. Thus, socio-environmental analysis of mega infrastructure projects is a prerequisite to examine the associations between air quality, land use and urban forms. The main purpose of this thesis is to explore socio-environmental drivers, spatio-temporal variations, environmental inequality, and policy focus regarding urban air quality, land use and urban forms. The following research questions are proposed: (1) How is air quality associated with land use changes and urban forms? (2) How do mixed-use, compact design and land use densification improve air quality for responsive and livable neighborhoods? (3) How can policy measures reduce environmental inequality regarding urban air quality? This study aims to develop a systematic and comprehensive analytical framework and contribute to policy strategies for clean and sustainable Dhaka.
Keywords: urban air quality; land use; urban forms; integrated infrastructural mega projects, environmental inequality; Spatial Concentration, Transit Oriented Development, livable neighbourhoods
About the Speaker
Mr. Kazi Humayun KABIR is a second-year PhD student the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the University of Hong Kong. He received his Master of Science Degree in Built Environment (Geoinformatics) from Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. Since 2009, Mr Kazi has lectured extensively in the field of Urban Planning and Development Studies in Khulna University, Bangladesh prior to his PhD. His research interests include GIS and Remote Sensing in Urban and Environmental Studies, Sustainable Development, Poverty and Inequality, Disaster and Development, Big Data and Machine Learning, Smart City.
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