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PERN Bulletin 7/2011

Planning Convention: planning in the Big Society

Speakers at "Planning in the Big Society"include the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP (Minister for Big Society, Planning Policy and Decentralisation), Jonathon Porritt(Forum for the Future), Shona Dunn (DCLG), Professor Robert D Bullard (Clark Atlanta University) and Sarah Whitney (CB Richard Ellis). Make sure you don't miss this packed two days of information and inspiration - all delegates will be entered into a draw to attend the RTPI Parliamentary Reception on 15 June. Book your place now.

ESRC festival of social science

The ESRC festival of social science takes place from 29 October-5 November 2011. The festival offers an insight into the UKs leading social science research and how it influences social, economic and political lives. Applications are welcome from those interested in holding an event during the festival. Find out more on the festival website.

Request for help

The RTPI is currently preparing a new CPD course on development economics and is looking for experts in the subject to peer review the course. This review would need to take place this week (w/c 23 May). If you can help, or would like to know more, please contact Francesca Demontis.

Making cities and regions more resilient

Cliff Hague's latest blog focuses on the idea of resilience. Resilience is the ability to absorb change, and the concept can help in managing and reducing the risks to cities and regions of climate change and natural hazards. Read Cliff's blog here

Climate adaptation knowledge exchange

The Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) aims to build an online knowledge base for managing natural systems in the face of rapid climate change. CAKE's website offers an interactive platform for practitioners to share knowledge, strategies, case studies and tools on climate change, conservation and adaptation.

Calls for papers

Contested regions: territorial politics and policy

The Regional Studies Association (RSA) Winter Conference takes place in London on 25 November 2011.The focus is contested regions: territorial politics and policy and papers are welcomed on a number of themes. Abstracts should be submitted by 4 July 2011. More details and registration information can be found on the conference web page.

Localism: sufficient and fit for purpose?

A Regional Studies Association (RSA) one day conference on localism is being held on 3 November 2011 in Manchester. Sessions will focus on issues such as the politics and governance of territorial development under localism and sub-national economic development and localism. Papers are welcomed on a number of themes. More details can be found on the conference web page.

Smart and sustainable built environment

Papers are invited for inclusion in the forthcoming journal Smart and Sustainable Built Environment (SASBE) which is being launched in 2012. The journal aims to inform research and practice on integrated approaches to developing smart and sustainable built environments. Coverage will include sustainable buildings and infrastructure and smart and healthy working and living environments. For more information, take a look at the journal web page or email

Other publications

Mapping child poverty in the UK

The Campaign to End Child Poverty has published the first instalment of a two-part report providing a child poverty map of the UK. It provides local authority and constituency information for England. Although progress has been made, the map shows that, in some areas of the UK, the goal of ending child poverty by 2020 remains particularly challenging.

Other events

Philosophy and methodology of interdisciplinary research for sustainability

An afternoon seminar at the University of Bristol takes place on 9 June 2011. It will explore the potential for developing thinking on interdisciplinary research with a sustainability focus. Find out more on the seminar website or email Haris Shekeris.

Catchment Change Network conference

The 2011 Catchment Change Network (CCN) conference is being held on 5 July in Solihull, and will consider guidelines for good practice as a way of encouraging stakeholder involvement across catchment management. Register online for a place at the conference, or have a look at the programme.

Food security and sustainable water supplies

The third in the N8 Debate series looks at food security and sustainable water supplies. The debate takes place on 14 July 2011 in Stockbridge, Yorkshire, and will examine the possible effects of increasing pressure on water availability and the steps needed to maintain future water supplies. More information is available on the website.

Urban rivers and sustainable living agendas conference

The urban rivers and sustainable living agendas (URSULA) project holds its final conference from 17-18 November 2011 in Sheffield. The project investigates the sustainable development of urban river corridors, and the final conference will highlight its research outputs. Key speakers include Matt Kondolf, Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning (LAEP) at the University of California and Simon Ogden, Head of Development at Sheffield City Council. Visit the URSULA website for details or email Jenny Chambers.