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Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures


Urban Poetry

Wednesday 6 April 2016

How do you communicate about complex urban issues? What kinds of approaches work to engage city officials, politicians and the public in our fast-speed, sound-bite world?

Catherine Barlow

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Tuesday 15 March 2016

SURF is delighted to announce that Dr Catherine Barlow has re-joined the team. Catherine will be working as a researcher on the Greater Manchester Local Innovation Platform funded by Mistra Urban Futures.

Welcome Helen Fadipe

Wednesday 3 February 2016

SURF are pleased to welcome Helen Fadipe on Salford University's Professional Doctorate in Built Environment programme.

Devolution Download

Tuesday 2 February 2016

With over 250,000 residents, substantial cuts to public sector funding and a rapidly evolving workforce, Salford is set to transform over the next 10-20 years. The devolution agenda will play a significant role in how these changes take place.

New researcher joins the SURF team

Monday 18 January 2016

We are pleased to announce that Dr Bert Russell has joined the SURF research team as the new Research Fellow on Jam and Justice project funded by the ESRC Urban Transformations Programme.

CHIME at the EFG London Jazz Festival

Wednesday 23 December 2015

On Friday 20 November 2015 the SURF Centre attended the inception event of the Cultural Heritage and Improvised Music in Europe (CHIME) project at the EFG London Jazz Festival. 

Manchester Science Festival

Wednesday 16 December 2015

The SURF Centre was represented at this year’s Manchester Science Festival at the University of Salford Mediacity campus. 

Ideas4Ordsall – Edith Cavell booklet available

Wednesday 16 December 2015

We are pleased to announce that David Winston’s booklet on exploring patriotism and Edith Cavell is now available. 

Realising the city: Drawing out the potential of urban ethnography

Wednesday 16 December 2015

Dr Jessica Symons (University of Salford and a member of UPRISE) and Dr Camilla Lewis (University of Manchester) are collaborating on the development of a new edited collection Realising the city, scheduled for publication in March 2016 by Manchester University Press. 

Massive Change Series

Friday 20 November 2015

2015 sees the launch of the Massive Change Series: Pop goes the Biosphere – Ecological infrastructure for Smart City Growth event series by The Biospheric Studio.

Interested in UK city devolution?

Friday 13 November 2015

Come to ‘Salford’s take on Devolution’, a networking and ‘research download’ over lunch on Friday, 11th December (12-2pm) at the Council Chambers in the Old Fire Station, University of Salford.

Urban Ethnography Maphack

Friday 13 November 2015

The Universities of Salford and Manchester are collaborating to host a 'map hack' where people interested in urban ethnography put ethnographies about particular cities onto a Google map. Come along to get involved.


New project - Cultural Heritage and Urban Sustainability

Thursday 8 October 2015

The SURF Centre has secured resources for scoping work on the relationship between cultural heritage and urban sustainability.

Ordsall creativity celebrated at the University of Salford event

Thursday 24 September 2015

An event celebrating the fantastic achievements accomplished by those involved in the University of Salford led ‘Ideas4Ordsall’ initiative was held at the University’s Old Fire Station on Saturday.

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.