Managing knowledge of urban sustainability assessment

Craig Thomson, Mohamed A. El-Haram, Cliff Hardcastle

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    Urban sustainability assessment is increasingly being seen not just as a technical process to determine the likely sustainability performance of development projects but also as a valuable tool in mediation between many associated stakeholders with differing visions, numerous requirements and variations in expertise. This emerging role presents new and considerable challenges for the management of knowledge—during its generation, flow and capture—to ensure the meaningful engagement of stakeholders in the decision-making process. This paper explores the role of knowledge management in aiding the delivery of urban sustainability assessments within development projects with multiple stakeholders. The paper outlines the requirements identified by the sustainable urban environments—metrics, models and toolkits (SUEMOT) research consortium for developing a knowledge management system (KMS) designed to aid the management of knowledge generated during an assessment, through facilitation of its flow and transfer between those involved in an assessment and those involved in future assessments.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)35-43
    Number of pages9
    JournalEngineering Sustainability
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2009


    • urban planning
    • sustainability assessment
    • engineering


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