Monitoring CO2 Emissions in China’s Cities – the Findings of the China Emission Accounts and Datasets (CEADs)

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In this blog Dabo Guan, Principal Investigator of the ESRC-funded project Euro-China GE: Dynamics of Green Growth in European and Chinese Cities (DRAGON), discusses some of the findings of the China Emission Accounts and Dataset (CEADs)…

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The Geovation Challenge: Greener, Smarter Communities

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Urban Living Birmingham The Greener, Smarter Communities and Cities Geovation Challenge is focused on developing solutions to communities’ real needs for future-proofing the communities and cities in which we live. Geovation sees ‘smart communities’ as placing people first, with…

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Estimating local commuting patterns from geolocated Twitter data

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Jonathan Bright Over the last decade or so there has been an explosion of research interest in the area of measuring (and forecasting) of traffic and commuting patterns. Part of this is driven by ever increasing human mobility:…

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A Special Approach to Slum Upgrading: The Special Planning Area in Mukuru, Nairobi

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David Dodman is Director of Human Settlements at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). The idea of a Special Planning Area might not immediately be alluring. But for the residents of Mukuru, one of…

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Urban incubators, innovation and inequality

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Max Nathan   The growth of shared, flexible urban workspaces for startups and SMEs is now a striking, and very visible feature of British cities. Over the past decade or so, startups and small firms in retail,…

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Finding a Path to Social, Ecological and Economic Sustainability

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Karen Bell is Principal Investigator of the project Fair and Inclusive Environmental/Social Transition Alternatives: Learning from the ‘Living Well’ and ‘Green Economy’ Pathways to Sustainability and is Senior Research Associate at the School for Policy Studies, University of…

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Methodologies of the urban periphery: Defining and researching urban African peripheries

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In this blog Paula Meth, one of the Principal Investigators of the project Living the Urban Periphery: Investment, Infrastructure and Economic Change in African City-Regions, a comparative study of peri-urban areas in South Africa and Ethiopia,…

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Patterns of Neoliberalisation and Resistance

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Professor Jonathan Davies, Principal Investigator of the project Collaborative Governance under Austerity: An Eight-Case Comparative Study and Director of the Centre for Urban Research and Austerity (CURA), here introduces a new paper, ‘Austerity Urbanism: Patterns of…

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The economic black hole at the heart of the shift to electric vehicles

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This post, by John Bryson (Principal Investigator of the ESRC-funded Urban Living Birmingham project From Citizen to Co-innovator, from City Council to Facilitator) and Tasos Kitsos, was originally posted in The Conversation. It highlights the considerable…

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Reuniting health and planning in the context of NHS Healthy New Towns

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UWE Bristol, through the ESRC-funded project Reuniting Planning and Health: Tackling the Implementation Gaps in Evidence, Governance and Knowledge, has been organising a series of expert seminars exploring the intersection between public health and urban planning…

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