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PERN Bulletin 1/2012

Making the case for the social sciences

The Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) is in the process of preparing more issues of its Making the Case for the Social Sciences publications, which showcase examples of where social science research has made a real impact. The AcSS is looking for stories to feature in upcoming issues on the following topics:

  • Innovation and economic growth
  • Health
  • Management
  • Social care, especially work relating to children
  • Use of longitudinal data

Stories should be written in non-technical language and should be 300 words in length. For more information, visit the AcSS' websiteor send your piece to Madeleine Barrows.

RSA student representative needed

The Regional Studies Association is looking for a PhD student to join its Board in the role of student representative. The successful candidate will be involved in discussion and exchanges among Board members at their meetings, and will participate in the delivery of the Associations aims and objectives. Applications should be sent to Aureliane Beauclairby 13 January 2012. Further detailsare available on the RSAs website.

Collecting carbon in a concrete jungle

A team from Edinburgh University has developed a new way of capturing carbon dioxidefrom the air using tiny tubes which work like artificial trees. Its hoped that the tubes can, in future, be used in urban areas, where green space is limited, to absorb CO2.

Eye on earth web tool

A new tool set up by Microsoft and the European Environment Agency has been launched which brings together scientific information and feedback from individuals. The Eye on Earthtool currently includes information on water quality, air pollution and noise pollution, but information on other environmental topics will be added to make a global observatory for environmental change.

Calls for papers

Neighbourhood-working, localism and the Coalition Government

The RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2012 takes place in Edinburgh from 3-5 July 2012. Papers are invited for a session on neighbourhood-working, localism and the Coalition Government emergent critical approaches. The session aims to revisit and extend definitional and theoretical debates on neighbourhood-working as part of the Coalition urban agenda. Papers are welcomed on topics including:

  • Theorisations of neighbourhood, localism and community
  • The practices of neighbourhood planning and regeneration
  • Critical reflections on the re-scaling of urban governance under the Coalition
  • Definitional issues in neighbourhood-working
  • Explorations of past, present and emergent/future urban agendas and their implications for urban governance and democratic politics

Abstracts of 250 words should be sent to Emma Streetby 25 January 2012.

UK-Ireland planning research conference

This years UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference is hosted by the University of Brighton from 11-13 April 2012. The conference will involve roundtable discussions on neighbourhood planning and 21st century garden cities. The deadline for abstract submissions is 15 February 2012, and papers are welcomed on topics including mobility and infrastructure and planning for social difference.

Association of European Schools of Planning PhD workshop

AESOP's PhD workshopis being held in Izmir, Turkey, from 6-9 July 2012. PhD students from Europe and elsewhere studying subjects related to planning and spatial development are invited to share their research ideas, experiences, methods and concerns at this event. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 29 February 2012.

Opportunistic urban design

The 5th International Urban Design Conferenceis being held in Melbourne, Australia, from 10-12 September 2012. The focus is opportunistic urban design the process of creative thinking which leads to more flexible, inventive and contextually responsive strategies of intervention in the urban environment. Abstracts should be submitted by 14 May 2012.

Other publications

Observations, projections and impacts of climate change

The Met Office has published a series of reports on the observations, projections and impacts of climate change in 23 countries, including the UK. Each report includes an assessment of how man-made climate change has altered the risk of temperature extremes, and a prediction of future climate conditions. Download the reports.

Social research and environmental policy

A report prepared for Defra outlines social research on a number of environmental policy issues. The report highlights social science research that has a key role to play in policy-making. The review covers issues such as land management, flood risk management, people and landscapes, and rural affairs. The third stage of the review considers the Big Society concept in a natural environment context. Read the report.

Place marketing and the politics of urban reinvention in Berlin

A new book by Claire Colombhas been published which explores the politics of place marketing and the process of urban reinvention in Berlin post-1989. The book contributes to a better understanding of the interplay between the politics of representation and the politics of urban development in contemporary urban governance.

January edition of Land Lines published

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy has published its latest issue of Land Lines. The magazine reports on institute-sponsored programmes, and this edition includes articles on post-disaster reconstruction and overcoming obstacles to economic development in transition countries.

Other events

Economics of low carbon cities

New research on the commercial viability of low carbon cities will be launched at this event being held in London on 12 January 2012. The Economics of Low Carbon Cities evaluates the cost and effectiveness of low carbon options for industrial, commercial, transport and domestic sectors. The panel discussion will include representatives from the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change, the Committee on Climate Change, the Energy Savings Trust and Friends of the Earth. Reserve a place at the event.

The case for high-speed rail

The Academy of Social Sciences, Regional Studies Association and Royal Geographical Society are holding a Parliamentary discussion in London on 1 February to discuss High Speed Rail (HSR) from a regional, social and economic perspective. The event will examine evidence from the social sciences which can contribute to debate on the future of HSR in the UK. Find out more.

Urban solutions seminar

This seminar is being held in Birmingham from 29 May-2 June 2012. It aims to reflect upon social challenges in urban areas, and the role of youth work in addressing and preventing them. The event would be of interest to policy-makers and researchers working on the topic of youth in urban areas. Register by 15 February 2012 to attend.

AESOP annual congress

AESOPs 26th Annual Congressis being held in Ankara, Turkey, from 11-15 July 2012. The conference theme is planning to achieve/planning to avoid and the need for new discourses and practices in spatial development and planning will be considered.