Dr Carina Weingaertner Civ Eng, MSc, Lic, PhD

Dr Carina Weingaertner

Department of Civil Engineering
Honorary Research Fellow

Contact details

+41 79 887 4196

Carina is a researcher with international experience in the field of sustainable urban development and has worked with local government, NGOs, industry and academic partners in countries that include Sweden, UK, South Africa and Brazil.

She has worked in cross-disciplinary research teams, contributing to the debate about social and economic sustainability as well as the impact of planning policies in promoting a more sustainable way forward. She has also developed and taught post-graduate modules.


  • PhD in Infrastructure, with specialization in Environmental Strategic Analysis, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) – Sweden. 2011
  • Licentiate at School of Architecture and the Built Environment. Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) – Sweden, 2005.
  • MSc in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) – Sweden. 2003
  • Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering, Universidade Fedeal do Parana (UFPR), Brazil. 2001


Carina has been part of the inter- and cross-disciplinary research teams at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and at the University of Birmingham. Her research included studies of the processes of change that can promote a more sustainable urban development, with case studies in Stockholm (Sweden), Curitiba (Brazil) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), and Birmingham (UK). She has also thaught at post-graduate modules in the above Univeristies and at the UniCEUB in Brasilia, Brazil.

Prior to joining the University of Birmingham, Carina has worked at the planning policy office at Coventry City Council, dealing with questions related to the sustainability implications of new planning policies and large urban developments as well as with waste management policies and practices.


  • Environmental Chemistry (20 credits) - module development, co-ordination and teaching (2013/1, 2013/2, 2014). UniCEUB, Centro Universitario de Brasilia, Brazil.
  • Sustainable Cities (20 credits) – module development, co-ordination and teaching (2008/09, 2009/10). Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Transport Planning (20 credits) – module development, co-ordination and teaching (2007/08, 2008/09). Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Sustainability and Planning (10 credits) – module development, co-ordination and teaching (2007/08). Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Future Studies and Forecast – teaching assistant (2003, 2004). Department of Urban Planning and Environment, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Sustainable Project Management – teaching assistant (2003, 2004). Department of Urban Planning and Environment, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Political Economy for Environmental Planners  - teaching assistant (2003). Department of Urban Planning and Environment, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden 


Research interests

  • Sustainable Urban Development and Planning
  • Social sustainability in urban areas
  • Urban and brownfield regeneration
  • Public transport
  • Household waste management

Previous projects

  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership between the University of Birmingham and and CH2M Hill United Kingdon. Design of Postgraduate modules towards practitioners in sectors related to urban planning, regeneration and development, and traditional teaching material for the MRes in Engineering Sustainability and Resilience. 2010-2011
  • Sustainable Regeneration from evidence-based urban futures to implementation. Funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 2008-2010. (www.urban-futures.org)
  • An Integrated Approach to Sustainable Urban Redevelopment: Birmingham Eastside as a National and International Demonstrator. Funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 2006-2008. (www.ers.bham.ac.uk)
  • MAMMUT – Managing the Metabolism of Urbanization. Funded by the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS) 2003-2005 


  • Weingaertner C & Moberg Å (2014) Exploring Social Sustainability: Learning from Perspectives on Urban Development and Companies and Products. Sustainable Development 22:122-133.DOI: 10.1002/sd.536
  • Hunt DVL , Lombardi DR, Atkinson S, Barber ARG , Barnes M, Boyko CT, Brown J, Bryson J, Butler D,  Caputo S, Caserio M, Coles R, Cooper RFD, Farmani R, Gaterell M, Hale J, Hales C, Hewitt CN, Jankovic L,  Jefferson I, Leach JM, MacKenzie AR, Memon FA, Sadler JP, Weingaertner C, Duncan J Whyatt JD and Rogers CDF (2012) Scenario Archetypes: Converging Rather than Diverging Themes. Sustainability 2012, 4(4), 740-772; doi:10.3390/su4040740
  • Boyko CT, Gaterell M, Barber ARG, Brown J, Bryson JR, Butler D, Caputo S, Caserio M, Coles R, Cooper R, Davies G, Farmani R, Hale J, Hales A C, Hewitt CN, Hunt DVL, Jankovic L, Jefferson I, Leach JM, Lombardi DR, MacKenzie AR, Memon FA, Pugh TAM, Sadler JP, Weingaertner C, Whyatt JD, Rogers CDF (2012) Benchmarking sustainability in cities: The role of indicators and future scenarios. Global Environmental Change  22(1) 245- 254.Elsevier. DOI:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2011.10.004
  • Lombardi DR, Caserio M, Donovan R, Hale J, Hunt DVL, Weingaertner C, Barber ARG, Bryson JR, Coles R, Gaterell M, Jankovic L, Jefferson I, Sadler J, Rogers CDF (2011) Elucidating Sustainability Sequencing, Tensions and Tradeoffs in Development Decision–making. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 38(6) 1105 – 1121. DOI: 10.1068/b36161
  • Weingaertner C (2010) Identifying Strategic Initiatives to Promote Urban Sustainability. Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm: E-print AB.
  • Weingaertner C & Barber ARG (2010) Urban Regeneration and Sustainability: The role for established small outlets. European Planning Studies, 18 (10):  1653-1674. Routledge. DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2010.504348
  • Svane Ö, Gustafsson S, Wangel J, Jonsson D, Höjer M, Lundqvist P, Palm J, Weingaertner C (2009). Situations of Opportunity in City Transformation: – enriching evaluative case study methodology with scenarios and backcasting, exploring the sustainable development of three Stockholm city districts. Proceedings of the ENHR Conference 2009, Prague. European Network for Housing Research Conference (ENHR), Prague 28 June - 01 July 2009.
  • Kyung S, Barber A, Groves R, Lee P, Trickett L, Watson C, Weingaertner C (2009) The Development of Urban Regeneration Policy in the United Kingdom – Stage 2 report. University of Birmingham: CURS.
  • Weingaertner C, Brikell B, & Svane Ö (2008) Daladala Buses Deregulated – Assessing Methods for Analysing Sustainable Development's Situations of Opportunity through a Tanzanian Example. International Journal for Sustainable Development and Planning 3(1), WIT press.  DOI: 10.2495/SDP-V3-N1-16-28
  • Weingaertner C & Svane Ö (2006) “MAMMUT – Managing the Metabolism of Urbanization: Testing theory through a pilot study of the Stockholm Underground”. Sustainable Development, 14 (5): 312-326. Wiley InterScience. DOI: 10.1002/sd.289
  • Weingaertner C (2005) Analysing Synergies between Urbanization and Sustainable Development - Developing a Draft Theory through Historical Pilot Studies, Stockholm: Universitetsservice US AB.
  • Weingaertner-Kohlscheen C (2003) Towards Integrated Solid Waste Management in Low-Income Housing Areas in Durban, South Africa, Stockholm: Universitetsservice US AB

Presentations and Conferences

  • Weingaertner C, Barber A (2008) 'Urban Development and Diversity: The Complexities of Planning for Sustainable Residential Neighbourhoods in the Inner City', presented at AESOP ACSP Planning Conference, Chicago July 2008.
  • Weingaertner C (2008) Social Sustainability and Urban Regeneration, presented at UK Planning Research Conference, Belfast March 2008.
  • Weingaertner C, Barber A (2007) Effects of Regeneration on Small Businesses in Eastside. University of Birmingham: CURS.
  • Weingaertner C (2005) Developing Methods for Analysis of Public Transport Systems to Promote Environmentally Sustainable Urban Development – Learning from Historical Situations of Opportunity in Curitiba and Stockholm. Presented at European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) Conference, Reykjavik, July 2005.
  • Dyminski A S, Quorin N, Ribeiro E P, Romanel C, Weingaertner, C (1999) Modeling the Mechanical Behavior of Curitiba's Experimental Site's Clay In: XX CILAMCE – Iberian-Latin-American Congress in Computational Methods for Engineering, 1999, São Paulo. v.CD-ROM.