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PERN Bulletin 2/2011

New perspectives on planning theory

The Department of Planning and Architecture at the University of the West of England is hosting a planning conference on 'New Perspectives on Planning Theory'. The event takes place on 12 May 2011 and will bring together new and established researchers to discuss theoretical challenges and identify new theoretical perspectives within planning. Please send abstracts (max. 200 words) to Katie McClymont or Diane Hopkins by 1 March 2011.

Campaign for Social Science

The Academy of Social Sciences launched its Campaign for Social Science on 20 January 2011. The Campaign aims to raise awareness of social science and its benefits to society and the economy. It will lobby MPs, work to place social science stories in the media and encourage practitioners of the discipline to publicise their work and become popular communicators. Read more about the Campaign.

Insurgencies: essays in planning theory

A new title in the RTPI Library Series has been published. 'Insurgencies: essays in planning theory' is a collection of John Friedmans most important and influential essays. It covers subjects such as transactive planning, radical planning, the concept of the Good City, civil society and rethinking poverty.

Social Science Space

Social Science Space is an online social network which brings together social scientists to explore, share and shape big issues in social science. The site provides blog articles, a discussion forum and resource centre for social science materials.

Delivering better places in Scotland

The University of Glasgow has worked with the Scottish Centre for Regeneration, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Architecture and Design Scotland to create a new good practice guide. The guide, entitled 'Delivering better places in Scotland: A guide to learning from broader experience', aims to improve stakeholders abilities to deliver better places and help them identify good practice.

Relu programme targets Big Society

Professor Philip Lowe, Director of the UK Research Councils Rural Economy and Land Use Programme (Relu) has urged Local Government to make more use of its research in promoting localism and the Big Society. He emphasised that Good planning is obviously key and communities must be engaged at the outset, rather than as an afterthought. This requires appropriate and accessible information and it is important to have the right tools. Relus latest policy and practice note 'The Big Society: helping communities take action' can be downloaded from the Relu website. For more information contact, telephone 0191 222 6903.

European Research Infrastructure Consortium

The legal framework for a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) came into force in August 2009, and now the first formal request to set up an ERIC has been received by the European Commission. Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany and the Netherlands are joining forces to build SHARE-ERIC, an infrastructure of micro data collected to understand individual and societal ageing.

Valuing Nature Network

A new interdisciplinary network for valuing biodiversity, ecosystem services and natural resource use, sponsored by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) for the Living with Environmental Change (LWEC) project has been set up. The Valuing Nature Network aims to support partnerships involved in scoping, developing and promoting research capacity in nature valuation. Find out more and register your interest.

Latest ICMA | Amobilife newsletter

The latest ICMA | Amobilife newsletter (No. 4) is now available, which focuses on the projects contribution to sustainable transport management. The Improving Connectivity and Mobility Access (ICMA) project aims to create the first transnational platform for sharing and transferring attractive and effective alternatives to using the private car for the first and last miles of a journey.

Call for Papers

UK Energy Research Centre call for nominations

The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) holds its seventh annual Summer School from 26 June-1 July 2011 at Warwick University. It has been designed to give first and second year PhD students an understanding of energy systems as a whole and of pathways to low-carbon and resilient energy systems. Applications are welcomed from those engaged in energy-related research, and must be submitted by 5pm GMT on 17 March 2011. More information is available on the event web page.

New Urbanism and Smart Transport International Conference 2011

Abstracts are invited on current projects or planning activities, research findings, emerging issues or best practices related to the interface between New Urbanism and Smart Transport. The New Urbanism and Smart Transport 2011 International Conference takes place in Perth, Australia on 26 and 27 September 2011. For more information on the event visit the conference website. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 31 March 2011.

Other Publications

New Labour and planning

Philip Allmendinger has written a new book called 'New Labour and Planning: from New Right to New Left' which looks at the changing nature of development and planning over the Labour era. It also reflects upon what such changes mean for planning, and the possible future trajectories of reform and spatial governance. More details can be found on the publisher's website.

The purpose of planning

A new book by Yvonne Rydin considers how the planning system works, what it can and cant do, and how it should evolve to meet the challenges of the 21st century. 'The Purpose of Planning: creating sustainable towns and cities' reflects on issues such as conservation, NIMBYism and affordable housing to understand the purpose of planning. More information is available on the publisher's website.

The economics of ecosystems and biodiversity

The economics of ecosystems and biodiversity study (TEEB) has produced a publication which provides knowledge and guidance to re-evaluate our economic system and drive forward the biodiversity conservation agenda. The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity, edited by Pushpam Kumar, is aimed at researchers, professionals, policy-makers and researchers involved in applied economics and business, biodiversity and nature conservation.

Other events

A property owning democracy fact or fiction?

The next event in the British Librarys Myths and Realities series will consider the topic of 'A property owning democracy: fact or fiction?'. The event takes place on 1 February 2011 and will focus on the implications of the growth of home ownership and the future of social housing. Book a ticket.

Royal Geographical Society policy seminar

As part of its Environment and Society Forum, the Royal Geographical Society is holding a policy seminar in London on 17 February 2011. 'A Perfect Storm Ahead: geographical perspectives on food, water and energy security to 2030' will consider questions such as will climate change cause the locations of our key centres for food production to shift? Find out more about the event.

Resilience: friend or foe?

A round table event hosted by the Governance and Sustainability Programme is being held on 24 February 2011 at the University of Westminster. Resilience has become a key discourse in political and environmental circles and has posed a challenge to previously hegemonic concepts like sustainability. During the event, leading scholars in the field will debate the disadvantages and opportunities of resilience as a governance strategy. Register to attend.

Natural Connections conference

A conference entitled'Natural Connections: achieving more with less across rural and urban landscapes' will be held on 17 March 2011 in London. It will focus on natural and semi natural networks that are managed, enhanced, created and designed to have multiple functions and deliver multiple benefits for people and nature. View the event programme and register.

Mapping vulnerability to fuel poverty

An Interdisciplinary Cluster on Energy Systems, Equity and Vulnerability (InCluESEV) event takes place on 22 February 2011 in Birmingham. Mapping vulnerability to fuel poverty will explore how those vulnerable to fuel poverty can be identified from afar and consider which top-down indicators could be used to detect those who may suffer from insufficient or unaffordable domestic heating. Contributions from participants are welcomed in advance. Contact Dan Vanderhorst for more information.

Stockholm Environment Institute Annual Seminar 2011

The Stockholm Environment Institute at York (SEI) holds its first Annual Seminar on 24 February 2011 on the subject of 'Beyond prosperity: equality and ecological responsibility in an age of austerity'. The event is free to attend, but places must be booked. Contact Emma Wright (telephone 01904 322897) for more information and tickets.

Conservation conflicts: strategies for coping with a changing world

The Aberdeen Centre for Environmental Sustainability, in collaboration with Relu, is holding a conference which will reflect upon the main theories and current approaches to conservation conflicts so that a new integrated way of understanding and managing conflict might be developed. The event will take place from 19-24 August 2011 in Aberdeen and you can now register online to attend. Early Bird offer closes on 18 February.