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Retrofit 2050 Policy and Practice Conference

Monday 7 April 2014

In March 2014 SURF attended the Retrofit 2050: Policy and Practice Conference at Arup, London. 

Universities, Cities and Powerful Knowledge

Monday 7 April 2014


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. Organised by Professor Keri Facer, the events series brings together researchers working in fields as diverse as biosciences and policy, schools and universities to think through the broad question - what counts as powerful knowledge in education? 

(E)valuation seminar with Liverpool

Monday 7 April 2014


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. 

Greening SURF

Friday 21 February 2014

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.  

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Wednesday 19 February 2014

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).

Realising the Potential of Community Assets

Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisations
Tuesday 10 December 2013

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?

Diary-Keeping ’Cultural Intermediaries’ Recruited

Diary Keeping
Tuesday 10 December 2013

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.

How do you govern sustainability?

Exchange Square
Friday 22 November 2013

Greater Manchester is a city-region of 2.6 million people in the North of England with a wide social and ethic mix.

The Flexible City

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Tuesday 29 October 2013

Beth Perry and Tim May were two invited ‘urban innovators’ across academia, policy and business recently brought together by the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities.

Interrogating Urban Crisis

Urban Crisis Conference
Wednesday 18 September 2013

Urban scholarship is pre-occupied with the implications of an enduring economic crisis, which poses challenges and threats to cities far beyond those directly caught up in the crash.

Greater Manchester: The Original Modern Creative City?

Royal Geographical Society
Friday 30 August 2013

In August 2013 Karen Smith gave a paper at the Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference in London to a mixed audience of academics and practitioners.

Mapping the Urban Knowledge Arena report

MUKA Report
Monday 26 August 2013

The SURF Centre is pleased to announce that the report from the Greater Manchester Local Interaction Platform is ready.

The State of the Creative City in Greater Manchester: Connectivity and Communities

Connected Community
Tuesday 9 July 2013

On 9 July 2013 SURF held a workshop as part of the AHRC Cultural Intermediation project.

Get On the Platform!

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Sunday 7 July 2013

87 articles and counting. If you’ve been looking for a portal for sharing knowledge and intelligence on sustainability across Greater Manchester, then look no further.

Creative Production and Practices in Urban Sustainability

Future Climate Dialogue Conference
Friday 21 June 2013

In June, Beth Perry travelled to Aberystwyth to take part in a dialogue about art-science collaborations around climate change.