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Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures


Action Learning Set for Community Centre Managers

Tuesday 11 November 2014

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.

Realising the Transformative Potential of Community Hubs

Thursday 2 October 2014

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, 



Universities, Cities and Transformation Workshop

Thursday 25 September 2014

In early September, Professor Tim May and Dr Beth Perry from SURF hosted and presented at the Universities, Cities and Transformation Workshop.




New SURF partnership with Vincent Walsh

Friday 27 June 2014

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.

Bangor Business School Seminar Series

Friday 23 May 2014

SURF was invited to the talk at the Business School Seminar Series at Bangor University this month.

Students needed to write for Platform

Thursday 22 May 2014

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.

New researcher joins SURF

Thursday 1 May 2014

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.

Universities, Cities and Transformation International Workshop

Monday 28 April 2014

SURF will host a two day international workshop on 1 and 2 September 2014 at the Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester. 

(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. 

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.

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).

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.

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?