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Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures


SURF benefits from the Salford Advantage Fund Grants

Wednesday 10 December 2014

The Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional (SURF) are pleased to announce that Jessica Symons, one of our research fellows, has successfully secured a Salford Advantage Fund grant.

Get On the Platform

Tuesday 2 December 2014

The School's Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF) is looking for two budding student writers to join the Editorial Team of Platform.

Putting food banks out of business with #digitalbiospheric

Sunday 30 November 2014

#digitalbiospheric is a pilot project exploring the potential of digital transformations to build long-term capacity within deprived urban communities in order address food austerity.

Videos now available of ‘the Flexible City’ International Symposium

Thursday 20 November 2014

Videos are now available of the two-day international symposium on ‘the Flexible City’ that was held at the University of Oxford last month, investigating the future of urbanisation and of urban theory. 

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. 

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.

(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.