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Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures


Salford PhD student organises UK-wide film screening for Nepal's earthquake victims

Tuesday 30 June 2015

A new feature length documentary filmed in Nepal will be showcased around the country, following the hard work of Salford PhD student, Laura Ager, who negotiated with the film’s distributor to organise screenings around the UK.

FUTURE EVENT: Self Renovating Neighbourhoods through Community Organising

Monday 29 June 2015

On Wednesday, 1 July from 3.00 pm until 4.00 pm, the University of Salford will be hosting a ‘Self Renovating Neighbourhoods through Community Organising’ public lecture at the Council Chambers at the Old Fire Station.

SURF partner with Durham University to hold GAPS international workshop

GAPS International Workshop
Tuesday 21 April 2015

SURF and the Department of Geography at Durham University organised a  two-day international workshop at the Anthony Burgess Foundation in central Manchester on 31st March and 1 April on the Governance and Policy for Sustainability (GAPS project) funded by Mistra Urban Futures.  

SURF attend ‘making creative places sustainable’ event

Surf attended the making creative places sustainable event
Wednesday 15 April 2015

SURF helped organisations to reduce their CO2 emissions in line with the local region’s carbon reduction targets on Wednesday March 25.

Researchers produce digital action plan at ‘East Salford Community Research Jam’

Researchers produce digital action plan at ‘East Salford Community Research Jam’
Wednesday 15 April 2015

Community researchers came together to produce a digital action plan, which was then shared with a wider audience.

SURF Centre sets out plan to reduce carbon footprint

SURF sets out plans to reduce its carbon footprint
Wednesday 18 March 2015

As part of our efforts to try and improve our Green Impact, the SURF Centre is seeking to reduce our foodprint.  

Making Creative Places Sustainable

Making Creative Places Sustainable
Tuesday 3 March 2015

The challenge of environmental sustainability is prompting creative and collaborative responses. Increasingly, people are coming together through networks and associations to pool knowledge, expertise and resources, and enable a faster transition to low carbon and sustainable ways of living and working.

SURF benefits from the Salford Advantage Fund Grants

Wednesday 10 December 2014

The Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional (SURF) are pleased to announce that Jessica Symons, one of our research fellows, has successfully secured a Salford Advantage Fund grant.

Get On the Platform

Tuesday 2 December 2014

The School's Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF) is looking for two budding student writers to join the Editorial Team of Platform.

Putting food banks out of business with #digitalbiospheric

Sunday 30 November 2014

#digitalbiospheric is a pilot project exploring the potential of digital transformations to build long-term capacity within deprived urban communities in order address food austerity.

Videos now available of ‘the Flexible City’ International Symposium

Thursday 20 November 2014

Videos are now available of the two-day international symposium on ‘the Flexible City’ that was held at the University of Oxford last month, investigating the future of urbanisation and of urban theory. 

Action Learning Set for Community Centre Managers

Tuesday 11 November 2014

Community centre managers were given the opportunity to meet with their peers and talk about issues affecting their own organisation and the communities they serve.

Realising the Transformative Potential of Community Hubs

Thursday 2 October 2014

Alex Wharton, SURF, and Nathalie Long, Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisations gave a presentation to the Royal Geographic Society annual conference in London at the end of August, on how community hubs have the potential to transform cities and create a more socially just, economically viable and ecologically sustainable future, 



Universities, Cities and Transformation Workshop

Thursday 25 September 2014

In early September, Professor Tim May and Dr Beth Perry from SURF hosted and presented at the Universities, Cities and Transformation Workshop.




New SURF partnership with Vincent Walsh

Friday 27 June 2014

SURF are pleased to welcome Vincent Walsh, Director of the Biospheric Foundation, as a practitioner-researcher working on the Greater Manchester Local Interaction Platform for Mistra Urban Futures.