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Latest news round-up - September 2017

25 September 2017

Catch up on recent activities, publications and awards.

Graham Houghton, Professor of Urban Planning, has written a blog entitled 'Learning from the draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework process', which looks at solving the housing crisis in Greater Manchester.

In the wake of the Mexico earthquake, Alfredo Stein Heinemann has written an article for The Conversation exploring how cities can recover from natural disasters.

Cecilia Wong appeared on BBC World Service ‘Tech Tent’  to discuss how the city of Manchester plans to use data to make its public transport more responsive to passenger demand.

Albena Yaneva has been busy in recent months with a number of invited lectures and seminars. Amongst other talks, Albena has spoken at: Harvard University, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, on 'Design Anthropology: Landscapes and Cities'; the University of Copenhagen on 'Five Ways to Make Architecture Political'; the methods seminar at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London; and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal.

Colin Lorne presented a paper entitled: ‘Assembling the Healthopolis: Devolution, urban transformation and spatial policy experimentation’ at the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG).  

Elisa Pieri gave a talk on 'Pandemic risk, preparedness and the role of sociological knowledge' at the 13th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Athens, Greece, which ran from 29 August to 1 September 2017.

Angela Connelly presented a paper entitled 'Exploring Creativity In Disadvantaged Urban Areas' at the University of Bath's Co-Creation Conference, which ran 14-15 September. This coincides with a recent co-authored paper (in press) in Social Science and Medicine entitled ‘The spatial politics of place and health policy: Exploring Sustainability and Transformation Plans in the English NHS’.

Stefan Bouzarovski has been awarded a habilitation degree from the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, with the official awards ceremony taking place in May 2018. Stefan has also recently published two new papers, one with MUI colleague Neil Simcock:

  • Bouzarovski S, Pasqualetti M, Castan Broto V (editors) (2017) Research Companion to Energy Geographies. London: Routledge.
  • Bouzarovski S, Simcock N, (2017) Spatializing energy justice. Energy Policy 107: 640-648.

Stefan Bouzarovski and Harriet Thomson secured funding to hold the Early Career Researcher Symposium, Nottingham, funded by the Eaga Charitable Trust, on Monday 11 September.

Neil Simcock, Stefan Bouzarovski and Harriet Thomson have edited a book entitled 'Energy Poverty and Vulnerability: a global perspective', which includes chapters from Ali Browne and Caitlin Robinson.

The XVI International Triple Helix Conference, with the theme 'The Triple Helix and Beyond: A New Era' will be hosted at The University of Manchester on 5-8 September 2018. Conference themes include: geographical and sectoral dimensions of the triple helix; policy and governance of the triple helix; the triple helix in transition and emerging economies; socially responsible innovation and the triple helix; and new actors, relationships and business models for the triple helix. Philip Shapira and Elvira Uyarra of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (and the Manchester Urban Institute) are co-chairs of the conference scientific committee. More information will appear (including the call for papers) over the next few months at the Triple Helix Conference website.

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