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Martyna Joanna Surma

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Specialisms

  • Built Environment Ver. Employee Engagement in the context of the New Workplace Ecosystem in a Post-COVID-19 World, 

Martyna has completed PhD studies in the field of environmental planning and protection and further developed cross disciplinary research abroad (University of Copenhagen/Denmark and Columbia University in the City of New York/USA).

Martyna has been engaged in a preliminary assessment of planning decision tools (Department of Environmental Protection/NYC/USA as a member of Columbia Green Roof Consortium and Polytechnic University of Valencia/Spain) and cooperated with Regional Agency for Environmental Protection/Bologna/Italy

Her new interdisciplinary project builds on these experiences and focuses on the pressing issue of the new workplace ecosystem scenario in a wider built environment (e.g., home; office; third places; urban ream) in a post-COVID-19 world. The collaborative research with the International WELL Building Institute/NYC/USA concentrates on the relationship between a healthy workplace environment and employee engagement. The study aims to provide insight into industrial and employee engagement metrics in the context of new visions of the workplace. The research investigates both the metrics developed by the global industry sector, as well as those proposed by leading academics in the field of organisational psychology. An elaborated matrix of metrics will be developed to help better address the identified research gap between this field and others e.g. environmental psychology, informing future workplace designs and supporting more accurate and efficient workplace evaluations.

This research is supplemented by a case study of the WELL-certified office buildings in London to better understand the relationship between employees and their “healthy” (indoor/outdoor) workplace environments, and to what extent/how this impacts employee engagement. Hence, the study will examine how the physical healthy workplace environment in/around the office/home is reflected in post-occupancy survey evaluations. The goal is to investigate health-related factors (e.g., organisational; behavioural) which may potentially impact engagement – a much-needed study considering we have yet to fully comprehend employee engagement in the context of workplace metrics available on the market. Also, the study investigates the possible alignment between the proposed matrix of metrics and the new planning reform in the United Kingdom.

Areas of academic interest: Healthy workplace environment; Employee engagement

Qualifications:

  • European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EU), Climate Knowledge Innovation Community, Climate-KIC Certified Professional in Training Partners, Certificate Id: CKIC-CERT[1]2005262943-3
  • PhD in Environmental Planning and Protection: Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences/Poland, Faculty of Environmental Engineering and Geodesy, Dissertation: 'Green Infrastructure as a Part of Sustainable Urban Development’

Research grants

  • The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), University of Oxford, The Social Sciences Division, The Oxford ESRC Impact Acceleration Account, The Accelerating Business Collaboration Scheme. Martyna was awarded a grant for placement at the International WELL Building Institute/NYC/USA.
  • University of Reading, Henley Business School, Department of Real Estate & Planning. Martyna got funding to present a paper ‘Climate Change Challenges in Urban Planning: the Role of Green Environment for Sustainable Workplace Engagement and Business Enterprise Growth’ during the International Conference on Sustainable Development at Columbia University in the City of New York/USA.
  • University of Reading, Henley Business School, Department of Real Estate & Planning. Martyna was awarded an international scholarship for PhD research.
  • Kosciuszko Foundation (Polish-American Foundation), Columbia University in the City of New York/USA, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. Martyna was awarded an International Fellowship for postdoctoral research.
  • European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EU), Climate Knowledge Innovation Community, Climate-KIC, Provadis School of International Management and Technology, Frankfurt am Main/Germany. Martyna was awarded an international Grant to participate in the education training programme 'Train-the trainers Workshop'.
  • European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EU), Climate Knowledge Innovation Community, Climate-KIC, Polytechnic University of Valencia/Spain. Martyna was awarded an international Grant to participate in Innovator Catalyst: 'Green Skills for Boosting Transitions in Water Management' for experienced environment and water management professionals and also serve as an expert to other participants from the EU.
  • European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EU), Climate Knowledge Innovation Community, Climate-KIC, Provadis School of International Management and Technology Frankfurt am Main/Germany. Martyna was awarded an international Grant to participate in PhD Summer School for PhD students from EU 'Energy Transition in Frankfurt: Overcoming Barriers to Change'. Summer School was awarded by the German Council of Sustainable Development for excellent sustainability initiative as the best approach on the way to a sustainable society.
  • European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EU), Climate Knowledge Innovation Community, Climate-KIC, Regional Agency for Environmental Protection (ARPA Emilia[1]Romagna), Bologna/Italy, Department of Energy and Environmental Assessment. Martyna was awarded an international Grant for a research expedition and was involved in the project related to the implementation of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive for ARPA's buildings in the Emilia-Romagna Region. She developed the approach based on green roofs' implementation.
  • European Social Fund (EU), Martyna got support for her project on sustainability certification of urban areas, supported by two large building companies from Poland (ARCHICOM and INKOM) and one international (AECOM) and the idea has been awarded for its innovation for the future development of the region of Lower Silesia/Poland. The Grant was related to her PhD research.
  • Kosciuszko Foundation (Polish-American Foundation), Columbia University in the City of New York/USA, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. Martyna was awarded an international Grant for a research expedition in the field of the implementation of the 'NYC Green Infrastructure Plan'. It was a part of her PhD research.
  • Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Faculty of Environmental Engineering and Geodesy. Martyna was awarded Grant to conduct her PhD research. She used the received funding for a research expedition in the field of sustainability certification of urban areas to Malmö/Sweden.
  • Erasmus Scholarship (EU) for PhD students, University of Copenhagen/Denmark, Faculty of Life Sciences, Department of Forest and Landscape. Martyna was awarded Grant for a research expedition in the field of Green Infrastructure in Copenhagen. It was a part of her PhD research.
  • Erasmus Scholarship (EU) for MSc students, University of Copenhagen/Denmark, Faculty of Life Sciences, Department of Forest and Landscape. Martyna was awarded Grant for a research expedition in the field of greenery in the urban composition of Copenhagen. It was a part of her MSc studies.

Awards:

  • The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), University of Oxford, The Social Sciences Division, The Oxford ESRC Impact Acceleration Account, The Accelerating Business Collaboration Scheme. Martyna was awarded a grant for placement at the International WELL Building Institute/NYC/USA.
  • Polish Academy of Sciences. Martyna was awarded Medal of the Polish Academy of Sciences 'Iuvenes Wratislaviae' (dedicated to young PhD researchers) for the outstanding scientific achievement: 'Participation in the climate change mitigation and adaptation projects on international level'.
  • European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EU), Climate Knowledge Innovation Community, Climate-KIC. Martyna was awarded Gold Certificate of Attendance and Achievement for successful completion and outstanding achievement of 'Pioneers into Practice Programme on Climate Innovation'. She participated as Pioneer in EU new mobility and knowledge development programme geared specifically to the challenges of climate change and how to transition EU to a low-carbon economy and society

Publications:

  1. SURMA M.J., 2020. Green Urban Environment for Sustainable Workplace Engagement and Business Enterprise Growth. The proceedings from the IRES Doctoral Symposium, International Real Estate Society. Green urban environment for sustainable workplace engagement and business enterprise growth | International Real Estate Society (architexturez.net)
  2. SURMA M.J., 2020. Urban Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Land Use Planning. The proceedings from the 8th International Conference on Sustainable Development, Columbia University in the City of New York, USA. Martyna-Surma.pdf (ic-sd.org)
  3. SURMA M.J., 2019. Climate Change Challenges in Urban Planning: The Role of Green Environment for Sustainable Workplace Engagement and Business Enterprise Growth. The proceedings from the 7th International Conference on Sustainable Development, Columbia University in the City of New York, USA. martyna_surma.pdf (ic-sd.org)
  4. SURMA M. (co-editor), 2019. Krajobrazy Europy: Krajobraz Wrocławia jako Dzieło. Wroclaw: Wroclaw University of Science and Technology. Krajobrazy Europy. Krajobraz Wrocławia jako dzieło - Dolnośląska Biblioteka Cyfrowa (dbc.wroc.pl)
  5. SURMA M. (co-editor), 2019. Krajobrazy Europy: Krajobraz jako Wyraz Idei i Wartości. Wroclaw: Wroclaw University of Science and Technology. www.oficyna.pwr.edu.pl/wp[1]content/media/Krajobrazy-Europy.-Krajobraz-jako-wyraz-idei-i-wartości.pdf
  6. SURMA M., 2019. Wroclaw Waterfronts. Protection and Development. In: Krajobrazy Europy: Krajobraz jako Wyraz Idei i Wartości. Wroclaw: Wroclaw University of Science and Technology. Pp. 55- 65. www.oficyna.pwr.edu.pl/wp-content/media/Krajobrazy-Europy.-Krajobraz[1]Wrocławia-jakodzieło.pdf
  7. SURMA M., 2016. Teaching Case Study: Green Infrastructure Implementation for Climate Adaptation Strategies of Urban Areas. Brussels: Climate-KIC Transitions Hub.
  8. SURMA M., 2015. Sustainable Urban Development through an Application of Green Infrastructure in District Scale - Case Study of Wroclaw (Poland). Journal of Water and Land Development. No. 25, pp. 3-12. (PDF) Sustainable urban development through an application of green infrastructure in district scale - A case study of Wrocław (Poland) (researchgate.net)
  9. SURMA M., 2014. Wroclaw Green Infrastructure as a Part of Sustainable Urban Development, Wroclaw: the Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences. PhD Dissertation. Zielona infrastruktura Wrocławia jako element strategii zrównoważonego rozwoju - Dolnośląska Biblioteka Cyfrowa (dbc.wroc.pl)
  10. SURMA M. (co-author), 2014. Frankfurt´s Green Angels - Engaging in Energy Saving Together. Frankfurt am Main: Climate KIC-PhD Summer School 2014 Energy Transition In Frankfurt - Overcoming Barriers To Change.
  11. SURMA M., 2013. Green Infrastructure Planning as a Part of Sustainable Urban Development – Case Studies of Wroclaw and Copenhagen. Landscape Architecture and Art, vol. 3, no. 3, p. 22-32. Green infrastructure planning as a part of sustainable urban development – case studies of Copenhagen and Wroclaw (fao.org)
  12. SURMA M., 2013. Zielona Infrastruktura Wrocławia jako Element Strategii Zrównoważonego Rozwoju, in: 7 Kopernikańskie Seminarium Doktoranckie. Torun: Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun.
  13. SURMA M. (co-author), 2013. Leksykon Zieleni Wrocławia. Wroclaw: Via Nova.
  14. SURMA M., 2011. Public Greenery as the Part of Urban Composition on the Example of Wroclaw and Copenhagen. Landscape Architecture, no. 1, p. 59-68. Zieleń jako element kompozycji urbanistycznej na przykładzie Wrocławia i Kopenhagi - Architektura Krajobrazu - Tom nr 1 (2011) - BazTech - Yadda (icm.edu.pl)