Academic Spotlight: Danielle Sinnett

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Danni Sinnett

Danielle Sinnett is a Professor in Green Infrastructure (BNE) / Research Centre Director, Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments at UWE Bristol.

Dr 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, and its beneficial role in urban environments.

She has over 20 years’ research experience examining the establishment of green infrastructure and its benefits for urban populations and carried our research with funding from the Forestry Commission, EPSRC, NERC, Innovate UK and WHO.

Knowledge exchange is an important component of Professor Sinnett’s work and she was the lead academic on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (GWT), 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 green infrastructure research into practice.

The KTP aimed to formalise GWT’s role in advising Local Authorities and the development sector on the impact of development on nature conservation. The project established a new benchmark for green infrastructure offering consistent technical information on key features, and a quality rating to incentivise and reward developers for high quality green infrastructure.

Danni is the module leader for Sustainability in the Built Environment (UBLMR4-15-M) and Urban Greening (UBLLA1-15-M) and teaches on a number of other modules.

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