Water-sensitive urban design earns Eureka finalist

Two finalists from Griffith University have been nominated in the 2022 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes for water-sensitive urban design.

Two finalists from Griffith University have been announced as nominees in the prestigious 2022 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes for their work on water-sensitive urban design.

Associate Professor Md Sayed Iftekhar, PhD candidate Kelsey Chapman and The Dignity Project team are among the 45 finalists from across Australia.

Assoc Prof Iftekhar’s Investment Framework For the Economics of Water Sensitive Cities (INFFEWS), a joint venture with The University of Western Australia and an output of the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, has been named as a finalist for the NSW Environment and Heritage Eureka Prize for Applied Environmental Research.

“The project focuses on integrating nature-based water management systems into water-sensitive urban design. They have many social and environmental benefits for the community,” Iftekhar said.

“Such benefits are often overlooked when projects are evaluated for funding because financial impacts are prioritised.

“INFFEWS changes this by providing a comprehensive social, environmental and financial evaluation for balanced decisions.

“Essentially, it is a one-stop integrated decision support framework for investment in water-sensitive cities projects.”

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Ms Chapman leads The Dignity Project which was nominated in the Science Engagement category. The Dignity Project is an online citizen science platform created by and for people with disability. It seeks to help address challenges in healthcare and social services.

“For people with disability and impairment, every experience is different. It’s important to us to collaborate with citizen scientists at all phases of the project, not just at data collection,” Chapman said.

“We should ask people about their experiences, of dignity and violations of dignity, in their everyday life. We want them to share those experiences with us. Ideally, they would also share the methods that they believe we can use to increase dignity experiences across all spheres.

“It’s understanding what dignity means and looking to challenge economic, environmental and attitudinal barriers so that we can produce real change through our research.”

The project is a joint initiative of Griffith University, Menzies Health Institute Queensland and Metro South Health.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 31 August. The ceremony will feature four categories including excellence in Research and Innovation, Leadership, Science Engagement and School Science.

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