Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures
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.
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.
In June, Beth Perry travelled to Aberystwyth to take part in a dialogue about art-science collaborations around climate change.
The core aim of the EPSRC project, of which this workshop is a part, is to develop the knowledge and capability to overcome the separation between the "what" and "how" of urban scale retrofitting in order promote a managed socio-technical transition in built environment and urban infrastructure.
The Salford Postgraduate Annual Research Conference (SPARC) is a forum for developing research, offering a space for postgraduate researchers from all disciplines to exchange ideas.
In May, Beth Perry was invited to speak at University College London’s Future Univercities seminar. Along with Andrew McGettigan, Mike Raco and Jan Toporowski, Beth examined issues of governance, finance and accountability in university-city interactions.