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ROBUST: Regeneration Of Brownfield Using Sustainable Technology, EPSRC, £1 million (2008-2014)

A research project of the Department of Geography.


‘Brownfield’ is land which has been previously developed, sometimes for industrial purposes, as opposed to Greenfield which has not been developed; brownfield land is sometimes contaminated with industrial pollutants. The majority of new buildings in the 21st Century will be built on brownfield land and many of these need remediating due to their industrial legacy. Low-value brownfield land is often of less interest to property developers and only marginally polluted but these sites are often situated in the heart of communities and provide people's nearest countryside. For this reason, they have a significant impact on people's health and wellbeing.

ROBUST is funded at £1million for a period of 5 years. It will engage with local communities to reclaim these low-value brownfield sites to improve their local environment and quality of life. Dr Clare Bambra will lead the health and wellbeing strand of the project.

Published Results

Journal Article

  • Bambra, C., Robertson, S., Kasim, A., Smith, J., Cairns-Nagi, J.M., Copeland, A., Finlay, N. & Johnson, K. (2014). Healthy land? An examination of the area-level association between brownfield land and morbidity and mortality in England. Environment and Planning A 46(2): 433-454.


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Further information

For further information, please contact Professor Clare Bambra.