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PERN Bulletin 1/2011

ESRC Delivery Plan published

The ESRC has published its Delivery Plan for social science research in 2011-2015. Its three priority areas areeconomic performance and growth; influencing behaviour and informing interventions; and a vibrant and fair society. It also promotes investment in future research leaders early in their careers and enhanced collaboration with the private sector.

2011 Planning Convention

This years convention will focus on 'Planning in the Big Society?' and will take place from 1415 June 2011 at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London. It will consider how planning will work in the Big Society; the implications for planning and planners; and how links can be made between localism and the national planning policy framework. Tickets are 475 +VAT, with substantial reductions for RTPI members, Licentiates and students.

Office of the Chief Statistician 2010-2011 Business Plan

The Scottish Government is requesting comments on the Office of the Chief Statistician 2010-2011 Business Plan. It would particularly like to hear user views on emerging and changing priorities. E-mail your comments to the end of March 2011.

ESPON UK Workshop 14 February

LondonSouth Bank Universitywill host the rescheduled ESPON UK Contact Points workshop cancelled on 3 December by the severe weather. The workshop will take place on 14 February 2011 in London and include presentations on the ESPON EDORA and FOCI projects, and shape a report on the UK implications of ESPON research.

Shaping the NPPF for England: RTPI discussion meeting

The Department of Communities and Local Government has announced a review of planning policy, designed to consolidate policy statements, circulars and guidance documents into a single consolidated National Planning Policy Framework. The new Framework will be:

  • localist in its approach, handing power back to local communities to decide what is right for them
  • used as a mechanism for delivering Government objectives only where it is relevant, proportionate and effective to do so and
  • user-friendly and accessible, providing clear policies on making robust local and neighbourhood plans and development management decisions

RTPI members are invited to join an informal discussion meeting with Matt Thomson, RTPI Head of Policy and Practice, 2-4pm on Thursday 3 February at the RTPI office in London. Tea and coffee will be provided. Places are limited; please book by emailing

Campaign for Social Science: regional roadshows

The Campaign for Social Science will be launched at the House of Lords on 20 January to promote UK social science to government and the general public. A series of regional roadshows has been arranged for Academicians and social scientists. The first three roadshows are:

  1. North East region, 3 February 2011 3-4:30pm. Venue: Northumbria University, The Gallery, Squires Building, Sandyford Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
  2. North Westregion, 8 February 2011 12:30-2pm. Venue: University of Liverpool, The Hub, Foresight Centre, 1 Brownlow Street, Liverpool.
  3. Yorkshire and Humberside, 9 February 2011 12:30-2pm. Venue: University of Sheffield, Firth Hall in Firth Court, Western Bank, Sheffield.

Senior figures from the Academy will lead the discussion at each event.

The changing collective imaginaries of aviation

The Centre for Theoretical Studies is holding a seminar on The changing collective imaginaries of aviation as part of its ESRC-funded seminar series. The event takes place on 21 January 2011 and would be of interest to transport planners, however places are limited. For more information e-mail Sian Savage.

Calls for papers

Territory and environment: from representations to action

The International conference on territory and environment takes place in Tours from 8-9 December 2011. Papers are welcomed, particularly from the fields of public policy and action, natural resources regulation and ecological inequalities. The deadline for submission of proposals is 28 February 2011.

Other publications

Cities and climate change: an urgent agenda

A new publication by the World Bank discusses the link between climate change and cities. 'Cities and climate change: an urgent agenda' outlines the advantages cities have in confronting climate change and explains how organisations can provide support to cities on climate change issues.

Dialogues in urban and regional planning

Volume four of the Dialogues in Urban and Regional Planning series has been published. Papers included address subjects such as planning and governance in Zimbabwe, safety issues in urban spaces and an analysis of transportation policies in France.

Other events

Flood risk assessment and brownfield regeneration

The next Catchment Change Network (CCN) flood risk workshop takes place on 15 February 2011. It aims to provide an overview of the impact and new duties associated with the Flood and Water Management Act and explore the topic from a variety of practitioner perspectives. Registration is now open.

Participatory Ecosystem approaches workshop

The Natural Capital Initiative is organising an open forumin London on 16 February 2011 to draw together lessons from projects that make citizens more central in choices about land use and the natural environment. The event will be participatory with an emphasis on shared learning. Participants will have the opportunity to set the agenda on issues for discussion and help consolidate lessons for policy-makers, as well as organisations working directly with citizens and communities.

Urban River Corridors and Sustainable Living Agendas (URSULA) Open Seminar


The fifth lecture in the URSULA seminar series will be held on 16 February 2011 in Sheffield. Carl Steinitz will present the lecture and discuss 'A framework for geodesign and several ways of designing'.

Geographical data visualisation and geodemographics

A National Centre for Research Methods workshop taking place on 9 March 2011 will demonstrate the use of geodemographic information about neighbourhoods through examples of public service delivery, consider the advances in the geoweb and show how a geodemographic classification can be applied to data. Register to attend.

End-use energy demand workshop

The EPSRC is holding a workshop to shape the research agenda in end-use energy demand of the Research Councils UK Energy Programme. It is encouraging multidisciplinary participation with potential participants asked to indicate how their expertise can contribute. Anyone eligible to apply for funding from the RCUK Energy Programme, EPSRC, NERC, ESRC, BBSRC or STFC can apply. The event takes place in London on 23 March 2011 with a deadline for application of 18 February. More information is available on the event website.

Urban Development 2050: Resource efficiency through city planning

The Urban Development 2050 conference takes place in Vienna on 3 May 2011. The event is part of the Sustainable Urban Metabolism for Europe (SUME) research project and will present a methodology to estimate the impact on energy use, the resource impact assessment of large urban development projects and a number of European urban development policies.

Rethinking development in an age of scarcity and uncertainty

The 13th EADI Conference will be held in cooperation with the Development Studies Association. The conference takes place from 19-22 September 2011 in York and seeks to revisit and rethink the development paradigm in all its dimensions in an era of plurality, uncertainty and change.

Climate change in cities and city regions time to adapt?

HafenCity UniversityHamburgis holding a Summer School from 26-30 September 2011 on 'Climate change in cities and city regions - time to adapt?'. The event is aimed at Masters students, researchers and practitioners and will consider the issue of climate change and adaptation measures with a focus on rural and urban areas around the Elbe estuary.