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PERN Bulletin 13/2011

RTPI Nathaniel Lichfield Annual Lecture 2011

The inaugural RTPI Nathaniel Lichfield Annual Lecture took place on 6 October. Professor Patsy Healey gave the lecture on the subject of progressive localism, civic capacity and the role of planning. A podcast of the event, as well as the full text of Professor Healeys lecture and PowerPoint slides are now available online.

Making the case for the social sciences

The fifth issue of the Academy of Social Sciences series 'Making the case for the social sciences', which focuses on sport and leisure, will be launched at a high profile event on 1 November 2011. Tessa Jowell MP, former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and member of the Olympics Board, and Debbie Lye, International Development Director UK Sport, will take part in a panel discussion following presentations by contributors Professor Kathy Armour AcSS and Professor David Lavallee of Stirling University. Read more.

Cities and climate change article collection

To celebrate the 2011 Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference and World Habitat Day, Routledge has launched the Cities and Climate Change collection which includes more than sixty articles on subjects such as transport and the environment, sustainable urban housing and fuel and the urban environment. Many of these articles are free to access until 31 December 2011.

Expanding access to research findings

A new independent working group has been set up to examine how UK-funded research findings can be made more accessible for key audiences including researchers, policy makers and the general public. The group will focus on academic publications, and take into account parallel work relating to research data and other projects being conducted by the Royal Society. Find out more.

More green space for towns and cities

A new scheme has been launched aimed at generating more green space in Englands urban areas. The Green Infrastructure Partnership has been designed to help communities green existing grey infrastructure, by creating roof top gardens and living walls. The Partnership will initially run for two years and will consider how local communities, planners and decision-makers can be supported in designing and developing green infrastructure. Read the article.

Calls for papers

Values and climate change behaviours

The Scottish Government is organising a research conference on values and climate change behaviours in Edinburgh on 14 December 2011 as part of its Climate change behaviours research programme. Anyone wishing to communicate findings on this topic is welcome to submit an abstract or proposal by 19 October 2011 to Paul Tyrer (

Annual Applied Environmental Economics Conference 2012

Envecon 2012 (the Applied Environmental Economics Conference 2012) will take place on 9 March 2012 in London. Papers are welcomed that demonstrate how environmental economics is applied in practice, and should be submitted by 31 October 2011. Find out more.

Other publications

Community-led regeneration literature review

This report, produced for Communities Analytical Services (CAS), follows the Scottish Governments Regeneration Discussion Paper, and reviews existing literature on community-led approaches to urban regeneration. Read the report.

Citizenship survey results published

The latest National Statistics from the Citizenship Survey produced by Communities and Local Government were released at the end of September. Key statistics include data on volunteering, community cohesion, discrimination and attitudes towards violent extremism. According to the research, 86% of adults in England were satisfied with their local area as a place to live. See the full survey.

Other events

Riots of summer 2011 causes, calamities and consequences

The Academy of Social Sciencesis holding a one-day conference in London on 13 October in which nine speakers will give their perspectives on the riots and outline some of their research in the social sciences. The event is free to attend, but places are limited so book online if youre interested in going.

Strengthening public trust in social science

As part of the 2011 ESRC Festival of Social Science, this event will consider how the academic community and government can work together to ensure more effective communication of scientific evidence in the public arena. The talk is being held in London on 31 October 2011, and will be Chaired by Evan Davis (BBC). Read more about this event.

David Fryer Memorial Lecture 2011

This years lecture takes place at Oxford Brookes University on 2 November 2011 and will be delivered by Niall McNevin, Director of Planning and Sustainability at the Olympic Park Legacy Company.

Regional development and growth

Westminster Business Forum is holding a seminar in London on 6 December 2011 which will look at regional development and growth. The seminar will bring together numerous stakeholders to assess the Governments current strategy for promoting development and growth. The agenda will provide an opportunity to consider the role of Local Enterprise Partnerships, looking in particular at how they can facilitate business growth. Book a place at the seminar.