Professor David Blackwood

Head of Division

School School of Applied Sciences

Department Division of Engineering and Food Sciences

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Biography

I am currently Head of the Division of Natural and Built Environment in the School of Science, Engineering and Technology and Chair of Sustainable Development.   My research and teaching interests are in the fields of Sustainable Development, Sustainability Decision Support Systems and Project and Asset Management. I am co-director of the Urban Water Technology Centre  and co-leader of the interdisciplinary Sustainability Assessment, Visualisation and Enhancement (SAVE) research group which spans Schools in the University. I teach on a range of undergraduate and post-graduate courses. 

I am a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Buider and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Institute of Building.

Undergraduate Programmes

Construction management, project management, project management techniques.

Postgraduate Programmes

Project and asset management, environmental decision making.

My research interests are in the field of Sustainable Development, in particular in the integration of decision process mapping, decision analysis, and stakeholder engagement and communications in sustainable decision making.  I jointly lead a  group of who are developing and applying a Sustainability Assessment, Visualisation and Enhancement (SAVE) concept which spans Schools in the University.  The work is funded by a range of clients including Local Authorities, Scottish Enterprise and the UK Water Companies.

2019

Integrated Water Resource Management in Southern Malawi

Blackwood, D. J. ., Akunna, J. C., Gilmour, D. J., Rogers, A. & O'Keeffe, J. (2019) Integrated Water Resource Management in Southern Malawi. . . . Scotland’s Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW).
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2018

Indicator modelling and interactive visualisation for urban sustainability assessment

Falconer, R. E., Isaacs, J. P., Gilmour, D. J. & Blackwood, D. J. . (2018) Indicator modelling and interactive visualisation for urban sustainability assessment. In: E-planning and collaboration: concepts, methodologies, tools, and applications. , I. (ed.). p. 486-508. Hershey, PA: IGI Global Publishing.
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2017

Evaluating site induction practice efficiency and effectiveness

Gilmour, D., Simpson, E., Blackwood, D., McCartney, C. & Reynolds, M. (2017) Evaluating site induction practice efficiency and effectiveness. . . p. 257-266. Manchester: ARCOM.
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2016

Vocational training and knowledge development

Gilmour, D. J., Simpson, E., Blackwood, D. J., McCallum, C. & Logan, G. (2016) Vocational training and knowledge development. In: Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ARCOM Conference. Chan, P. (ed.), Neilson, C. (ed.). p. 393-402. .
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Transformation in a changing climate

Fazey, I., Moug, P., Allen, S., Beckmann, K., Blackwood, D. J., Bonaventura, M., Burnett, K., Danson, M., Falconer, R., Gagnon, A. S., Harkness, R., Hodgson, A., Holm, L., Irvine, K. N., Low, R., Lyon, C., Moss, A., Moran, C., Naylor, L., O’Brien, K., Russell, S., Skerratt, S., Rao-Williams, J. & Wolstenholme, R. (2016) Transformation in a changing climate. . . p. 197-217. .
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An evaluation of water treatment technologies for sustainable rural communities

Blackwood, D. J. ., O'Keeffe, J., Gilmour, D. J. & Falconer, R. E. (2016) An evaluation of water treatment technologies for sustainable rural communities. . . .
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Streaming and 3D mapping of agri-data on mobile devices

Stojanovic, V., Falconer, R. E., Isaacs, J., Blackwood, D. J., Gilmour, D. J., Kiezebrink, D. & Wilson, J. (2016) Streaming and 3D mapping of agri-data on mobile devices. . . p. 188-199. .
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2015

The role of sustainability assessment in sustainability management for urban redevelopment

Gilmour, D. J., Blackwood, D. J., Falconer, R. E., Isaacs, J. P. & Simpson, E. (2015) The role of sustainability assessment in sustainability management for urban redevelopment. In: Proceedings 31st Annual ARCOM Conference, September 7-9, Lincoln, UK. Raidén, A. (ed.), Aboagye-Nimo, E. (ed.). p. 377-386. Nottingham: ARCOM.
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Major project team learning

Simpson, E., Gilmour, D. J., Blackwood, D. J., Falconer, R. E. & Isaacs, J. P. (2015) Major project team learning. In: Proceedings 31st Annual ARCOM Conference, September 7-9, Lincoln, UK. . p. 681-690. Nottingham: ARCOM.
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Scotland’s water map

Gilmour, D. J., Blackwood, D. J. ., Falconer, R. E., Isaacs, J. P., O'Keeffe, J., Duffy, A., Stojanovic, V. & Rathjen, J. (2015) Scotland’s water map. . . .
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Indicator modelling and interactive visualisation for urban sustainability assessment

Falconer, R. E., Isaacs, J. P., Gilmour, D. J. & Blackwood, D. J. (2015) Indicator modelling and interactive visualisation for urban sustainability assessment. In: Emerging issues, challenges, and opportunities in urban e-planning. Silva, C. (ed.). p. 188-209. Hershey: Engineering Science Reference.
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2014

Sustainable urban development in practice

Blackwood, D. J., Gilmour, D. J., Isaacs, J. P., Kurka, T. & Falconer, R. E. (2014) Sustainable urban development in practice. . . p. 885–906. .
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2013

Real-time visual simulation of urban sustainability

Isaacs, J. P., Blackwood, D. J., Gilmour, D. & Falconer, R. E. (2013) Real-time visual simulation of urban sustainability. . . p. 20-42. .
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Comparison of advanced and standard real-time 3D rendering methods for interactive landscapes (Short paper version)

Stojanovic, V., Blackwood, D. J., Gilmour, D. J., Isaacs, J. P. & Falconer, R. E. (2013) Comparison of advanced and standard real-time 3D rendering methods for interactive landscapes (Short paper version). In: Proceedings of 17th International Conference on Information Visualisation IV 2013, July 16-18, London. Banissi, E. (ed.), Azzag, H. (ed.), McK. Bannatyne, M. (ed.), Bertschi, S. (ed.), Bouali, F. (ed.), Burkhard, R. (ed.), Counsell, J. (ed.), Cuzzocrea, A. (ed.), Eppler, M. (ed.), Hammer, B. (ed.), Lebbah, M. (ed.), Marchese, F. (ed.), Sarfraz, M. (ed.), Ursyn, A. (ed.), Venturini, G. (ed.), Wyeld, T. (ed.). p. 539-544. Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE .
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Selection of MCA methods to support decision making for renewable energy developments

Kurka, T. & Blackwood, D. J. (2013) Selection of MCA methods to support decision making for renewable energy developments. . . p. 225-233. .
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2012

Dynamic visualisation and modelling to support sustainable phosphate management

Isaacs, J. P., Falconer, R. E., Gilmour, D. J. & Blackwood, D. J. (2012) Dynamic visualisation and modelling to support sustainable phosphate management. In: BHS Eleventh National Symposium, Hydrology for a changing world, Dundee. . . British Hydrological Society.
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Domestic source of phosphorus to sewage treatment works

Comber, S., Gardner, M., Georges, K., Blackwood, D. J. & Gilmour, D. J. (2012) Domestic source of phosphorus to sewage treatment works. . . p. 1349-1358. .
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Participatory selection of sustainability criteria and indicators for bioenergy developments

Blackwood, D. J. & Kurka, T. (2012) Participatory selection of sustainability criteria and indicators for bioenergy developments. . . p. 92-102. .
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GIS-based location suitability of decentralized, medium scale bioenergy developments to estimate transport CO2 emissions and costs

Jefferies, C. & Blackwood, D. J. (2012) GIS-based location suitability of decentralized, medium scale bioenergy developments to estimate transport CO2 emissions and costs. . . p. 366-379. .
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2011

The composition and potential impact of the colmation zone on sewer exfiltration

Blackwood, D. J. ., Spiers, A. J., Peter, R. & Gilmour, D. J. (2011) The composition and potential impact of the colmation zone on sewer exfiltration. . . .
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Enhancement of water treatment sustainability through dynamic visualisation & modelling

Isaacs, J. P., Falconer, R. E., Gilmour, D. J., Blackwood, D. J., Comber, S. & Whitehead, P. (2011) Enhancement of water treatment sustainability through dynamic visualisation & modelling. . . .
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Enhancing urban sustainability using 3D visualisation

Isaacs, J. P., Falconer, R. E., Gilmour, D. J. & Blackwood, D. J. (2011) Enhancing urban sustainability using 3D visualisation. . . p. 163-173. .
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Visualisation & modelling for stakeholder education in sustainable water treatment

Isaacs, J. P., Falconer, R. E., Gilmour, D. J. & Blackwood, D. J. (2011) Visualisation & modelling for stakeholder education in sustainable water treatment. . . .
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Sustainable development indicators for major infrastructure projects

Gilmour, D. J., Blackwood, D. J., Banks, L. & Wilson, F. (2011) Sustainable development indicators for major infrastructure projects. . . p. 15-24. .
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Immersive and non immersive 3D virtual city: decision support tool for urban sustainability

Isaacs, J. P., Gilmour, D. J., Blackwood, D. J. & Falconer, R. E. (2011) Immersive and non immersive 3D virtual city: decision support tool for urban sustainability. . . p. 151-162. .
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2010

Bioethanol in Nigeria

Akunna, J. C., Deeni, Y. Y., Blackwood, D. J. & Walker, G. M. (2010) Bioethanol in Nigeria. . . p. 1447-1457. .
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Modelling and visualizing sustainability assessment in urban environments

Isaacs, J. P., Falconer, R. E., Gilmour, D. J. & Blackwood, D. J. (2010) Modelling and visualizing sustainability assessment in urban environments. In: Proceedings of the 26th Annual ARCOM Conference, 6-8 September 2010, Leeds, UK. Egbu, C. (ed.), Lou, E. (ed.). p. 1477-1486. Leeds.
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Using interactive 3D visualisation to educate stakeholders in urban sustainability

Falconer, R. E., Isaacs, J. P. & Blackwood, D. J. (2010) Using interactive 3D visualisation to educate stakeholders in urban sustainability. . . .
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Sustainable urban developments

Isaacs, J. P., Falconer, R. E., Gilmour, D. J. & Blackwood, D. J. (2010) Sustainable urban developments. In: Proceedings of the Eleventh IASTED International Conference on Computer Graphics and Imaging. Sappa, A. (ed.). . IASTED and ACTA Press.
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2009

Enhancing urban sustainability through novel visualisation

Gilmour, D. J., Falconer, R. E., Blackwood, D. J. & Isaacs, J. P. (2009) Enhancing urban sustainability through novel visualisation. In: Second International Conference on Whole Life Urban Sustainability and its Assessment: conference proceedings. Horner, M. (ed.), Price, A. (ed.), Bebbington, J. (ed.), Emmanuel, R. (ed.). p. 671-687. Loughborough: Loughborough University.
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Visualisation for sustainable decision making

Isaacs, J. P., Falconer, R. E., Blackwood, D. J. & Gilmour, D. J. (2009) Visualisation for sustainable decision making. . . .
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2008

A cost comparison of traditional drainage and SUDS in Scotland

Duffy, A., Jefferies, C., Blackwood, D. J., Waddell, G., Shanks, G. & Watkins, A. (2008) A cost comparison of traditional drainage and SUDS in Scotland. . . p. 1451-1459. .
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Session

Smith, K. W. S., Jefferies, C. & Blackwood, D. J. (2008) Session. In: Proceedings 11th International Conference on Urban Drainage, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, 31 August-5 September 2008. . . IAHR/IWA.
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A unique approach to visualising sustainability in the built environment

Isaacs, J. P., Falconer, R. E. & Blackwood, D. J. (2008) A unique approach to visualising sustainability in the built environment. In: Visualisation in Built and Rural Environments: proceedings of the International Conference Visualisation. . p. 3-10. Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE Computer Society.
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Visualising urban sustainability

Isaacs, J. P., Falconer, R. E., McNeish, W., Fullwood, P., Romilly, P. & Blackwood, D. J. (2008) Visualising urban sustainability. . . . Abertay University.
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Making asset investment decisions for wastewater systems that include sustainability

Ashley, R., Blackwood, D. J., Butler, D., Jowitt, P., Davies, J., Smith, H., Gilmour, D. J. & Oltean-Dumbrava, C. (2008) Making asset investment decisions for wastewater systems that include sustainability. . . p. 200-210. .
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2007

Increasing discrimination in multi-criteria analysis

Barannik, V., Blackwood, D. J. & Falconer, R. E. (2007) Increasing discrimination in multi-criteria analysis. In: International Conference on Whole Life Urban Sustainability and its Assessment. Horner, M. (ed.), Hardcastle, C. (ed.), Price, A. (ed.), Bebbington, J. (ed.). Glasgow: SUE-MoT.
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The role of visualisation in effective sustainability assessment

Isaacs, J. P., Blackwood, D. J., Falconer, R. E. & Gilmour, D. J. (2007) The role of visualisation in effective sustainability assessment. In: International Conference on Whole Life Urban Sustainability and its Assessment. Horner, M. (ed.), Hardcastle, C. (ed.), Price, A. (ed.), Bebbington, J. (ed.). Glasgow: SUE-MoT.
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2005

Factors influencing exfiltration processes in sewers

Blackwood, D. J., Ellis, J. B., Revitt, D. M. & Gilmour, D. J. (2005) Factors influencing exfiltration processes in sewers. . . p. 147-154. .
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Sustainable disposal of domestic sanitary waste

Ashley, R., Blackwood, D. J., Souter, N., Hendry, S., Moir, J., Dunkerley, J., Davies, J., Butler, D., Cook, A., Conlin, J., Squibbs, M., Britton, A. & Goldie, P. (2005) Sustainable disposal of domestic sanitary waste. . . p. 206-215. .
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2004

Leaky sewers

Ellis, J. B., Revitt, D. M., Blackwood, D. J. & Gilmour, D. J. (2004) Leaky sewers. In: Hydrology: science and practice for the 21st century: proceedings of the British Hydrological Society International Conference, Impeerial College London, July 2004. Webb, B. (ed.). p. 266-271. . British Hydrological Society.
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2003

SWARD

Butler, D., Jowitt, P., Ashley, R., Blackwood, D. J., Davies, J., Oltean-Dumbrava, C., McIlkenny, G., Foxon, T. J., Gilmour, D. J., Smith, H., Cavill, S., Leach, M., Pearson, P., Gouda, H., Samson, W., Souter, N., Hendry, S., Moir, J. & Bouchart, F. J. (2003) SWARD. . . p. 444-459. .
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Sustainable decision making for the UK water industry

Ashley, R., Blackwood, D. J., Butler, D., Davies, J., Jowitt, P. & Smith, H. (2003) Sustainable decision making for the UK water industry. . . p. 41-49. .
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2002

Decision mapping

Bouchart, F. J., Blackwood, D. J. & Jowitt, P. (2002) Decision mapping. . . p. 187-207. .
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Funding

2017 – date Enhancement measures to Support the  Expansion of the “Integrated Water Resource Management – Southern Malawi” project.  On behalf of Hydro Nation International, Scottish Government (£56,000)

2016 – date An independent evaluation of the "Integrated Water Resource Management - Southern Malawi" project. CREW, behalf of the Scottish Government, (£50,000)

2016 – date A review of current practice in the provision of water and wastewater services by private developers, CREW, behalf of the Scottish Government, (£30,000)

2015 Innovative solutions for sustainable drinking water treatment at small to medium scales, CREW, behalf of the Scottish Government,  (£35,000)

2015 Princpal Investigator CREW Innovative solutions for drinking water (£35,000)

2013 - 2014   Co-investigator Building Information Models (BIM) and Interactive Visualisation. SFC - (HEFC) (£10,000)

2013 - 2014  Co-investigator Investigating web based game technologies for generating optimized fertilizer and lime maps. SAGES (£11,500)

2013 - 2014 Co-investigator 3D visualization for TAYplan strategic land use planning. TayPlan (£8,000)

2013 - 2014  Co-investigator Maximising passive solar gain: A physically based simulation and rendering approach. SFC - (HEFC) (£10,000)

2013 - 2015  Co-Investgator Scottish Water Sector Overview Map, CREW, CRW2012/8 (£60,000)

2012 - 2014   Co-Investigator iAge - e-inclusion in ageing Europe, EU Interreg project (180,000 euro)

2012 - 2013   Co-investigator Strategic Implications for Land Use: What key changes may occur over the next 20-40 years. TAPLAN (£10,000)

2011 - 2015    Principal Investigator Low Carbon Land Use Innovation Network (LoCal -Net). Scottish Government & ERDF (£750,000/£270,000)

2012 – Date  Strategic Implications for Land Use: What key changes may occur over the next 20-40 years. TAYPLAN (With Universities of Dundee and St Andrews, UAD Share £9,000)

2011 - Date   Low Carbon Land Use Innovation Network (LoCal-Net). Scottish Government & ERDF £270,000)

2011 – Date    Visualisation of St Andrews Sand Dunes, for Fife Countryside Trust (£29,000)

2011 -  Date    Sustainability Assessment and Visualisation of the Dunfermline Edge Development, for Fife Council. (£10,000)

2010 – Date    A Review of Bathing Water Impacts and Coastal Management in the Tay Estuary, for Catchment plc (£11,000)

2010 – Date    Alternatives to Phosphates in Drinking Water, for UK Water Industry Research Limited.  (Lead Researchers - Atkins Global Ltd, UAD share £15,000)

2009 – Date    Sustainability Enhancement and Visualisation of Dundee Waterfront, for Dundee City Council, (£40,000)

2008 – Date    DC Noise – Demographic Change: New opportunities in shrinking Europe, EU Interreg project (UAD share £102,000)

2008 – Date    Phosphates Life Cycle Management, for UK Water Industry Research Limited.  Lead Researchers - Consultants Atkins Ltd, (UAD share (£15,000)

2007                Source Control of Phosphates, for UK Water Industry Research Limited.  Lead Researchers - Consultants Atkins Ltd, (UAD share (£12,800)

2006 – Date    Sustainability assessment of Dundee Central Waterfront Development, for SET/Dundee City Council (£76,000)

2005 – 2007    Bathing water management in Angus, for Catchment Ltd/SEPA/Angus Council (£20,000)

2005 - 2006     Watersense – Domestic contributions of Phosphates to Sewerage Systems, WWF. (£7,000)

2004 - 2007     EPSRC funded consortia formed under the “Towards a sustainable environment programme”.  Project title: Water Cycle Management for New Developments WAND.  Led by Imperial College. (UAD Share, £36,000).

Esteem

2017 - Integrated Water Managment Forum Leader, Scottish Alliance for Geoscience Environment and Society (SAGES)

2014 - Date   External Examiner MSc Renewable Energym University of Dundee

2011 – 2016  External Examiner MSc Civil Engineering and Construction Management, University of Bolton.

2010 – 2012 Member of Committee ICE Scotland

2008    Vice-Chairman and Financial Controller, 11 International Conference on Urban Drainage, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, September 2008. (650 delegates, turnover £450,000).  Organised in partnership with Sheffield, Heriot-Watt and Exeter Universities

2007 – Date    Member Committee and Vice-Chair Dundee Area Branch of the Institution of Civil Engineers

2005 – 2009    External Examiner BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering, Napier University, Edinburgh

2001 – Date    Member Tay Estuary Forum Steering Group

2004 - 2007    Member of EPSRC Peer Review College

2006                External Examiner, PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

2005, 2012    External Examiner, PhD Thesis, University of Northumbria

2004                External Examiner, PhD Thesis, Loughborough University

Knowledge Exchange

2010 - Date     Tayside Hub.  Consortia to Develop Honours Degree programmes in Sustainable Architectural Design and Renewable Energy Technologies, with Adam Smith College and Dundee College. £97,000.

2008                Risk Assessment on the use of Cyclone and Filter Ash as a construction material, for Dundee City Council (£13,000)

2008 – Date    Environment and Construction Module to ESCT Cachan, Paris. £21,000 (with Joseph Akunna)

2008                Vice-Chairman and Financial Controller, 11 International Conference on Urban Drainage, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, September 2008. (650 delegates, turnover £450,000).  Organised in partnership with Sheffield, Heriot-Watt and Exeter Universities.

2007                Expert opinion on exfiltration from sewers, for Caroll, Burdick & MacDonnal LLP, San Francisco USA (£10,000)

2004–2007      Tempus Tacis Project.  Careers Development and Enhancing the Employability of Environmental Engineering Undergraduates. Project  Partners – Vaasa Polytechnic, Finland (lead Partners), Kharkiv National Academy of Municipal Economy, Kharkiv, Ukraine (UAD Share £50,000)

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