São Paulo’s deadly housing crisis – no solution in sight

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Andreza de Souza Santos A building on fire in the city centre of Sao Paulo, and what follows is that same building falling to pieces, with people still inside. The event is sadly predictable. In a…

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Co-creating learning loops for public realm improvements in Brunswick, Manchester

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Dr Janice Astbury As a result of their scale and range of activities, universities have a tremendous impact on the neighbourhoods around them. If a university is attentive to the needs of its neighbours, this impact…

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Developing Research Capacity for Inclusive Urban Governance

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Glyn Williams Our project, Developing Research Capacity for Inclusive Urban Governance: a Sheffield-Witwatersrand PhD Training Partnership, aims to develop research capacity in urban governance in the Global South, a brief that makes it rather different from many other…

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Understanding the spread of rioting across a city as control by the crowd

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John Drury,1 Clifford Stott,2 Roger Ball,1, 2 Fergus Neville,3 Steve Reicher,3 Sanj Choudhury1 1.University of Sussex, 2. Keele University, 3. University of St Andrews In this blogpost, I describe some of the initial findings from our…

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Living through Uncertainty – Experiencing Urban Transformation in a Migrant Neighborhood of Suburban Shanghai

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Dr. Lisa Richaud and Dr. Jie Li Since the late nineteenth century urban transformation has been associated with mental illness. But questions around the specificity of the relationship – why does mental illness cluster in cities?…

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Uncovering the reality of violence against women in Brazil

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The ESRC-funded project Healthy, Secure and Gender-Just Cities: Transnational Perspectives on Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in Rio de Janeiro and London, an international collaboration between Queen Mary, King’s College London, People’s Palace projects, the…

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Marielle Franco, a black woman and activist who dared ask, ‘How many more will have to die?’

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Yara Evans 14th March 2018, marked an important date for all involved in our research project. The Rio and London teams gathered at the Brazilian Embassy in London to report on our key findings about VAWG…

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Challenging the gentrification of council estates in London

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In this piece Loretta Lees, Principal Investigator of the ESRC-funded project Gentrification, Displacement, and the Impacts of Council Estate Renewal in C21st London, outlines some of the key findings from her project – including data showing that more than 135,000…

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Taking co-production seriously: establishing the ESRC UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE)

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In this blog post Ken Gibb, Principal Investigator of the ESRC-funded UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence, provides an overview of the project’s work to date and its planned activities on the horizon. Getting Started Housing…

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Urban regeneration through community participation: Reflections on the case of the Kasbah of Algiers

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Sandra Jovchelovitch and Jacqueline Priego-Hernandez With half of humanity now living in urban areas, it is no accident that the 21st century is considered the century of cities. Urbanization has transformed human lives and cities are…

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