Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures
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.
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,
In early September, Professor Tim May and Dr Beth Perry from SURF hosted and presented at the Universities, Cities and Transformation Workshop.
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.
SURF was invited to the talk at the Business School Seminar Series at Bangor University this month.
Platform, the online portal for sharing knowledge and intelligence on sustainability across Greater Manchester, is looking for two student writers to join its editorial board.
Jessica Symons is the newest member of the SURF team. She joins the University as a Research Fellow with interests in creativity, cultural meaning and urban sustainability.
SURF will host a two day international workshop on 1 and 2 September 2014 at the Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester.
SURF has designed and developed a research seminar exploring the politics of evaluation, in partnership with the AHRC-funded ‘Cultural Intermediation and the Creative Economy’ research programme. The seminar will take place in May 2014 at Liverpool Central Library. It will be hosted by the Institute of Cultural Capital and will be led by SURF and Dr Dave O’Brien, City University London.
In March 2014 SURF attended the Retrofit 2050: Policy and Practice Conference at Arup, London.
In February 2014 Tim May and Beth Perry were invited to present on ‘Universities, Cities and Powerful Knowledge’ to the Learning Lives spring events programme at Bristol University.
The issue of sustainability has always been a key focus for the Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF). The SURF Centre is committed to reducing its environmental impact and helping to make the planet more sustainable and responsible.
SURF is currently recruiting to the post of ‘Post-Doctoral Research Fellow’ to work on the four year Cultural Intermediation project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
Work is nearly complete on the first phase of the AHRC Cultural Intermediation project. Karen Smith has carried out 15 case studies of cultural and community organisations in the Greater Manchester area.
In the context of public service reform, localism and other attempts by government to rework their relationship with citizens, what can and what should communities do to mobilise and enable action on local matters?