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Keep it Civil, the biweekly engineering podcast from UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering, explores the fascinating and diverse world of engineering. We sit down with top engineers from UCL and beyond to discuss some amazing projects tackling real-world problems and shine a light on aspects of engineering science that may not have been on your radar. UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering is a multidisciplinary department with a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research and ranked as the number one university in which to study Civil Engineering in the 2013 and 2014 Guardian League Tables.






Keep It Civil 302 - The Future of Infrastructure

For the second episode of series three we are joined by Professor Brian Collins to talk us through the work of the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC), which aims to address the insufficient and unsustainable value extracted by services using national infrastructure. We analyze the motivations for this project, and look at the developments for UK and international infrastructure it will bring about. More information about UKCRIC can be found at...

Duration: 00:17:37

Keep it Civil 301 - Solar Energy in Rwanda

In this new episode of Keep it Civil, Iwona Bisaga talks about her work with solar energy in Rwanda, and the Beacon Bursary grant project bringing the user story to the people of Kigali and London. Follow Iwona on twitter ( through her blog ( More information on BBOX can be found at Make sure to see the photography exhibition at the Impact Hub Kings Cross,...

Duration: 00:18:15

Keep it Civil 203 - Biodiversity in the City

For the last episode of this mini series, we're joined by EngD Researcher Alison Fairbrass to discuss her research measuring and monitoring biodiversity in cities and the built environment using sound recordings, and the ways in which this research can help make these places more habitable for wildlife. Keep it Civil will be back soon with new episodes and a new host to explore more fascinating areas of engineering. Follow Alison(, the Bat Conservation...

Duration: 00:15:53

Keep It Civil 116 - Density Matters!

Rachna Leveque, Urban Planner and doctoral student at UCL, joins us to talk about how density relates to governance and resilience in cities, with a special look at Mumbai. What exactly do planners mean when they talk about density, and why is it important? How are resilience and density linked? What can we learn from Mumbai's example? Follow Rachna ( and the UCL Centre for Urban Sustainability and Resilience ( on Twitter and...

Duration: 00:33:20

Keep it Civil 02 - Cycle Superhighways

Dr Tom Cohen, Deputy Director of the UCL Transport Institute, joins us to talk about London’s cycle superhighways and cycling infrastructure in general. Why is London’s cycling infrastructure so inconsistent when compared to other major European cities? Are there any benefits to segregating cyclists from other road users? How does public consultation work and what does voicing your opinion actually accomplish? Follow Dr Tom Cohen and the UCL Transport Institute on Twitter...

Duration: 00:22:21