Rethinking state-civil society relationships: is the new VCSE sector Accord a game-changer for Greater Manchester?

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Alex Whinnom is Co-Investigator of Jam and Justice: Co-producing Urban Governance for Social Innovation. He is Chief Executive of the Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation. In this blog, he reflects on the significance of a…

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Digital and Spatial Governance in shaping the Future City through Urban/Living Lab (ULL) working

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Nicola Headlam This blog discusses a set of challenges relating to digital and spatial governance and the potentially disruptive roles of innovative urban methodologies in policies and strategies for more liveable and sustainable cities. It examines…

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Metropolitan health in unequal cities

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Dr Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos It could have been just another summer, but in 2012 I felt the inconvenient symptoms of dust allergy accompanied by a skin rash. After a medical consultation the doctor quickly…

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From Birmingham with a Smile: Public Art, Streetscapes and the ‘Economic’ Impacts of a Liveable City

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John Bryson is Principal Investigator of the ESRC-funded Urban Living project From Citizen to Co-innovator, from City Council to Facilitator.  This blog was cross-posted from the Urban Living Birmingham website. Cities should be interesting places to live and…

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The geographical dimension of the productivity problem

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Ron Martin is Principal Investigator of the ESRC-funded project Structural Transformation, Adaptability and City Economic Evolutions. This article is reposted from Cambridge Econometrics.  In his budget speech (24 November, 2017), the Chancellor of the Exchequer made much of…

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Monitoring CO2 Emissions in China’s Cities

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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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