Record number of rough sleepers – is enough being done?
Wed, 23 May 2018 07:30:07 +0000
By Heather Cameron Rising for the seventh consecutive year, the number of rough sleepers in England has more than doubled since 2010. This is despite various initiatives over the years and a recent surge in political activity around homelessness. The government has committed to halving rough sleeping by 2022 and eliminating it altogether by 2027 […]
Breaking down barriers: helping disabled people enter and sustain employment
Mon, 21 May 2018 07:30:24 +0000
“We have a moral duty to remove the barriers to participation for people with disabilities, and to invest sufficient funding and expertise to unlock their vast potential.” Professor Stephen Hawking (2011) In the UK, the disability employment gap – the difference in the employment rate of disabled and non-disabled people – has remained largely static […]
Crowdsourcing in smart cities: a world of best practice
Wed, 16 May 2018 07:30:15 +0000
By Steven McGinty Too often, debates on smart cities revolve around terms such as “Internet of things”, “big data”, and “sensors”. However, there is a growing realisation that truly smart cities take a more person-centric approach, which focuses on the needs of citizens and harnesses their skills, talents and experience. Crowdsourcing is one approach that […]
Writing and recovery: creative writing as a response to mental ill health
Mon, 14 May 2018 07:30:55 +0000
  “You don’t put yourself into what you write, you find yourself there.” Alan Bennett Mental illness, for so long regarded as secondary to physical health, is now being taken more seriously. Media stories about loneliness, anxiety and depression have highlighted increasing concerns about mental ill health, and the issue has also been rising up […]
Robot cities: three urban prototypes for future living
Wed, 09 May 2018 08:57:31 +0000
This guest blog was written by Mateja Kovacic, Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield. Before I started working on real-world robots, I wrote about their fictional and historical ancestors. This isn’t so far removed from what I do now. In factories, labs, and of course science fiction, imaginary robots keep fuelling our imagination […]
Dementia and the right to vote
Wed, 02 May 2018 07:30:05 +0000
On 3rd May 2018 voters in England will go to the polls in local elections. These elections will decide the make-up of local and borough councils across the UK, as well as some additional direct elections for the Mayoralties of Hackney, Lewisham, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Watford. As the population ages, questions arise over the […]
The Idox Information Service database: factual, accessible and essential
Mon, 30 Apr 2018 07:30:14 +0000
At a time when finding up-to-date and accurate information has never been more important, organisations and individuals in the public, private and third sectors need to know where the best resources are. All members of the Idox Information Service have access to the Idox database, which contains thousands of reports and journal articles on public […]
Can a city ever be truly ‘carbon neutral’?
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 07:30:56 +0000
This guest blog was written by Joe Blakey, PhD Researcher and Sherilyn MacGregor, Reader in Environmental Politics, at the Sustainable Consumption Institute, University of Manchester. Upon becoming Greater Manchester’s first elected mayor, Andy Burnham announced his ambition to make the city-region one of the greenest in Europe. In his Mayor’s manifesto, the former MP and […]
The challenge of engaging with marginalised Traveller, Gypsy and Roma communities
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:30:57 +0000
In March 2018, a Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission report found 13 systematic concerns about Traveller accommodation, suggesting that Traveller communities are subject to an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality from local authorities and service providers. You do not have to look far to find more research, from across the whole of the […]
A different perspective: supporting neurodiversity in the workplace
Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:30:09 +0000
“We need to admit that there is no standard brain” Dr Thomas Armstrong It is estimated that over 1 in 100 people in the UK are on the autistic spectrum and awareness of the concept of ‘neurodiversity’ is rising. It recognises that autism, and other conditions that affect how people learn and process information – […]

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