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PERN Bulletin 15/2011

Latest issue of Planning Theory and Practice published

Issue 4 of Planning Theory and Practice is now available online. This edition includes articles on the rationalities of planning in Perth and the cross-national transfer of planning knowledge. It also includes a policy brief on Shenzhens city master plan Chinas first special economic zone. RTPI members can subscribe to the journal for just 33.

Central role for social sciences in Europe

In a speech at the British Academy, the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Mire Geoghegan-Quinn, has highlighted the importance of the social sciences and humanities and outlined their central role in Horizon 2020, the new European research funding programme. Read the Commissioner's speech.

End use energy demand call for proposals

A major new call is aiming to fund around six research centres in end use energy demand (EUED). All of the centres will be multidisciplinary collaborations of academics who will contribute to a central EUED research theme. EUED is concerned with energy efficiency and reducing energy demand, and includes research stemming from the built environment and organisational behaviour. The closing date is 15 February 2012. Find out more about the call.

RTPI Peak Oil discussion implications for planning policy

RTPI networks have recently produced a discussion paper on the issue of Peak Oil and the implications for spatial planning. It aims to promote discussion, raise awareness among transport and spatial planners of the issues around peak oil and suggest an agenda for action by professionals. A discussion event is being held in London on 17 January 2012 from 2-4pm. The discussion is free to attend, and will be chaired by Chris Ferrary, former chair of the RTPI-TPS Transport Planning Network and Technical Director at Temple Group. Book a place at the event.

Fully funded trip to Germany available

Local Skills for Biodiversityis a European Project, majority financed by the Leonardo da Vinci fund for transfer of innovation. It is focused primarily on skills for local authority planners, helping them to better plan for biodiversity and ecosystems. There are 7 partners (one being the Yorkshire and Humber Environment Trust) in 5 countries, and the project is ready to test the emerging training product. An event is being held on 25-27 January, south of Hamburg in Germany, with an international audience of practitioners who can:

  • learn about the work and get a sense of how it might be applicable to their own work;
  • help to refine the product and make it more useful to all concerned;
  • become part of a tentative international network of practitioners able to share knowledge and take the agenda of the project forward.

There is one fully funded place available. If you are interested please email for further information.

Sustainable Uplands picks up RELU award

The Sustainable Uplands project was voted best example of impact at the Rural Economy and Land Use Awards in Gateshead on 16 November 2011. The project has helped upland communities to understand the social and environmental changes that are happening in their areas and what the options are for the future. The project also launched a music video at the awards which captures the hidden beauty and importance of UK peat bogs.

Call for papers

From networked to post-networked urbanism

A Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Socits (LATTS) international workshop is being held in Autun, France from 17-20 July 2012. Papers are invited on the theme of networked to post-networked urbanism: new infrastructure configurations and urban transitions. Abstracts should be sent to Jonathan Rutherford by 20 December 2011.

Other publications

Policy and society journal

Policy and Society is an interdisciplinary journal exploring policy and its manifestations in broader political, economic and social contexts. Each issue will be devoted to a particular theme. Previous special issues covered subjects such as sharing sovereignty for policy outcomes, integrated land management, and civil society in Europe.

Planetizens top ten urban planning books 2012

Planetizenhas produced a list of the ten best books of the year in urban planning, design and development. The list includes The Agile City by James S. Russell and Garden Cities: Theory and Practice of Agrarian Urbanism by Andres Duany and Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co. Other recommended titles include The Economics of Place edited by Colleen Layton, Tawny Pruitt and Kim Cekola, which maps out regeneration plans in Michigan.

Other events

Eco-city politics national policy, local leadership, public accountability

The third in an ESRC eco-city research seminar series, this seminar brings together researchers and practitioners to assess the challenges involved in achieving effective leadership for sustainable urban development. The event takes place in London on 10 February 2012.

Spatial analysis using GIS

The Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) is holding a workshop in Cardiff on 16 and 17 May 2012. The workshop will allow researchers to use GIS software to analyse and visualise their research data. Book a place at the event.