Governing the Future City – the Redevelopment of Old Oak Park Royal, London

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Governing the Future City is an international ESRC-funded project looking at innovative approaches to urban governance and planning in Johannesburg, London and Shanghai. This blog, following on from an introductory article, an overview of research in the area…

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Birmingham 2040: The Ban on New Petrol and Diesel Engines, Electric Vehicles and Robotics

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While predicting the potential future of any city is fraught with complexity, this is especially so when like Birmingham it is currently undergoing dramatic change. John Bryson, Principal Investigator of the ESRC-funded Urban Living project From Citizen…

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Location location – assessing the impact of creative industries on city economies

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This blog was originally posted on the website of the ESRC-funded What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth and draws on their research on the drivers of prosperity in cities. This post explores the difficulties of…

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Transforming Beijing through eco-urbanisation: the development of Xiongan New Special Zone , China’s ‘second capital’

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Zhan Wang, Xiangzheng Deng, Cecilia Wong and Jiancheng Chen This is the final of a series of three blogs by the research team of the project Eco-Urbanisation: Promoting Sustainable Development in Metropolitan Regions in China, describing…

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How to drive Britain’s new industrial strategy

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Jonathan Michie Professor Michie is Professor of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange at Kellogg College, University of Oxford. This blog is a reposting of an article originally featured in The Conversation. The desire to design and deliver…

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Beijing’s green infrastructure – addressing climate change in a rapidly urbanising megacity

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Wei Zheng and Cecilia Wong This is the second in a series of three blogs by the research team of the Eco-Urbanisation: Promoting Sustainable Development in Metropolitan Regions in China, describing the opportunities offered by green…

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The challenges of sustainability and wellbeing in the context of rapid urbanisation: the situation in Beijing

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Miao Qiao This is the first in a series of three blogs by the research team of the Eco-Urbanisation: Promoting Sustainable Development in Metropolitan Regions in China, outlining the challenges facing Beijing and potential ways forward. …

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Shaping Data Standards for Future Cities

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Rhiannon Law Future cities face many challenges as urban populations increase. Physical resources – such as energy and water – along with healthcare, traffic, public transport and other logistics need careful management in order to meet…

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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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