Martyna Joanna Surma

PHD Student

Martyna Joanna Surma

Martyna Joanna Surma

Academic Area(s): Real Estate & Planning
Supervisor(s): Professor Kathy Pain, Dr Caroline Rook
Research Topic(s): Growing Productive Business Enterprise through Urban Planning for Sustainable Workplace Engagement
m.j.surma@pgr.reading.ac.uk

Areas of academic interest

Sustainability, Green Economy, Climate Change

Profile

I have 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). I have been engaged into preliminary assessment of planning decision tools (Department of Environmental Protection/NYC as a member of Columbia Green Roof Consortium and Polytechnic University of Valencia/Spain) and cooperated with Regional Agency for Environmental Protection/Bologna, Italy.

My new project will build on these experiences and focus on the pressing issue of environmental challenges facing dense urban areas which are also where innovative, knowledge-intensive businesses and productivity are concentrated. The conducted research will focus on the relationships between environmental issues, successful business enterprise, and entrepreneurial urban planning to secure sustainable cities. These important challenges are integral with current discussion around climate change adaptation and mitigation processes, as well as sustainable development goals set up by the United Nations. The main case studies will include the City of London and Thames Valley Berkshire.

Qualifications

  • Coach: Climate-KIC/European Institute of Innovation and Technology
  • 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

Medical Research Council/UK. I was appointed for a Postdoctoral Research position in the project: ‘Tackling Root Causes Upstream of Unhealthy Urban Development’. Supervisor: Professor Kathy Pain. The project will investigate how to tackle future major chronic health problems such as lung and heart disease, diabetes and mental health problems associated with poor quality urban environments including air pollution, noise, lack of physical activity, lack of green space, and obesity, by incorporating risk factors into urban planning and development in the UK.

Henley Business School, Department of Real Estate & Planning. I 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 International Conference on Sustainable Development at Columbia University in the City of New York/USA.

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. I was awarded 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. I was awarded international Grant to participate in 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. I was awarded 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 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. I was awarded 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-Romagna), Bologna/Italy, Department of Energy and Environmental Assessment. I was awarded international Grant for research expedition I was involved in the project related to the implementation of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive for ARPA's buildings in the Emilia-Romagna Region. I developed the approach based on green roofs' implementation.

European Social Fund (EU), I have relevant industry experience in the field of sustainability certification of urban areas. I got support for my project from two large building companies from Poland (ARCHICOM and INKOM) and one international (AECOM) and the idea has been awarded for its innovation for a future development of the region of Lower Silesia/Poland. The Grant was related to my PhD research and the idea was to engage industry into scientific 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. I was awarded international Grant for research expedition in the field of the implementation of the 'NYC Green Infrastructure Plan'. It was a part of my PhD research.

Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Faculty of Environmental Engineering and Geodesy. I was awarded Grant to conduct my PhD research. I used the received funding for 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. I was awarded Grant for research expedition in the field of Green Infrastructure in Copenhagen. It was a part of my PhD research.

Erasmus Scholarship (EU) for MSc students,University of Copenhagen/Denmark, Faculty of Life Sciences, Department of Forest and Landscape. I was awarded Grant for research expedition in the field of greenery in the urban composition of Copenhagen. It was a part of my MCs studies.

Awards

Polish Academy of Sciences. I 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. I was awarded Gold Certificate of Attendance and Achievement for successful completion and outstanding achievement of 'Pioneers into Practice Programme on Climate Innovation'. I was participating 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

SURMA M., 2016. Teaching Case Study: Green Infrastructure Implementation For Climate Adaptation Strategies Of Urban Areas. Brussels: Climate-KIC Transitions Hub.

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 p. 3-12.

SURMA M., 2014. Wroclaw Green Infrastructure As A Part Of Sustainable Urban Development, Wroclaw: Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences.

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.

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.

SURMA M., 2013. Zielona Infrastruktura Wrocławia Jako Element Strategii Zrównoważonego Rozwoju, in: 7 Kopernikańskie Seminarium Doktoranckie. Toruń: Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika.

SURMA M. (co-author), 2013. Leksykon Zieleni Wrocławia. Wrocław: Via Nova.

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.