Stories from the academy: Newcastle City Futures

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Mark Tewdwr-Jones Newcastle City Futures (NCF), led by Newcastle University, was formed in 2014 and grew out of Newcastle’s commitment to civic engagement, and our interest in the future of places. The idea of the civic…

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Citizens and Smart Cities

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William Webster and Charles Leleux (Stirling Management School, University of Stirling) Most of us will have heard something about ‘smart’ cities, but perhaps are unsure what the term really means? Using examples from ‘cutting edge’ research…

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Reducing risks in urban centres: think ‘local, local, local’

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This is the third in a series of three blogs by David Satterthwaite for the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Urban Africa: Risk Knowledge (Urban ARK) project. Additional research outputs from the project can…

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Fighting injustice helps in creating resilient urban spaces

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This piece by Gina Ziervogel and Lorena Pasquini, researchers on the Urban Africa: Risk Knowledge (Urban ARK) project, is a repost of an article originally published on The Conversation. Resilience is a word that’s thrown around…

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Addressing the needs of vulnerable groups in urban areas

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This is the second of a series of three blogs by David Satterthwaite for the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Urban Africa: Risk Knowledge (Urban ARK) project. Additional research outputs from the project can…

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Urban risks: where are the top five biggest blind spots?

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This is the first of a series of three blogs by David Satterthwaite for the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Urban Africa: Risk Knowledge (Urban ARK) project. Additional research outputs from the project…

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Nantes and Collaborative Governance: ‘Participation? It’s in our DNA!’

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Andrés Feandeiro, Steven Griggs and David Howarth This is the final instalment in a new series of blogs on the Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA) and its ESRC-funded project, Collaborative Governance Under Austerity: An…

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Montreal: In search of a new approach for defining social solidarity

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Pierre Hamel, Roger Keil and Grégoire Autin This is the seventh in a new series of blogs on the Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA) and its ESRC-funded project, Collaborative Governance Under Austerity: An Eight-Case Comparative…

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False hopes? Four claims surrounding the English metro mayors

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Andy Pike Both at CURDS and as part of the City Evolutions research, we have been wrestling with the potentials and perils of decentralised governance in the UK. For the City Evolutions research in particular, we…

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Austerity and grassroots mobilization in Athens: The emergence of an urban governance divide?

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Ioannis Chorianopoulos and Nayia Tselepi This is the seventh in a new series of blogs on the Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA) and its ESRC-funded project, Collaborative Governance Under Austerity: An Eight-Case Comparative Study, focusing…

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