Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures
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. 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?
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.
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).
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?
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.
Greater Manchester is a city-region of 2.6 million people in the North of England with a wide social and ethic mix.
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.
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.
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.
The SURF Centre is pleased to announce that the report from the Greater Manchester Local Interaction Platform is ready.
On 9 July 2013 SURF held a workshop as part of the AHRC Cultural Intermediation project.
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In June, Beth Perry travelled to Aberystwyth to take part in a dialogue about art-science collaborations around climate change.