Dr. Kerr has been a driving force in Mott MacDonald’s businesses relating to the development of future cities and urban living. She is Practice Leader for Sustainability and Environment in for the Mott MacDonald Group in the Asia Pacific and Australasia region, with her remit including her role as Group Champion for Future Cities and Urban Living across the globe.
Her early foray into “Future Cities” included work on integrated planning and engineering works for new town developments particularly in Hong Kong, and from there she was seconded into the Hong Kong Government on several occasions to participate in strategic planning and development for Hong Kong from 1996 through 2030. She was the first person in Hong Kong to address the issues of Sustainable Development in planning and development in Hong Kong in the early ‘90’s when she created the means to assess projects and components of development strategies using specially derived tools and indices which were initially tested and proved on the Territorial Development Strategy and its Review (a 30 year master plan for Hong Kong’s landuse, transport, residential, industrial/commercial, social and environmental framework).
Her portfolio of projects includes development of Sustainable Construction Management Frameworks and building performance tools for governments, sustainable transport master planning assessments and frameworks, energy management and calculations of greenhouse gases from power, infrastructure and city developments as well as “green building and sustainable transport planning” in China. She has worked in more than 30 countries and has used the experience gained especially in the Middle East and Asia Pacific to understand the drivers for eco-cities in existing environments and new development areas.