Plugging into the future: can electric vehicles clear the air?
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 07:30:03 +0000
“Electric Car2Go”by mikecogh is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 Science tells us that improvements to our air quality bring real health benefits – fewer heart attacks, strokes and premature births, less cancer, dementia and asthma, and lower incidences of premature deaths. Better health because of cleaner air has been a strong driving force behind efforts […]
A rising tide: the growing importance of the blue economy
Mon, 12 Aug 2019 07:30:50 +0000
There has been much focus on the green economy in recent times as the international community attempts to address the current ‘climate emergency’. According to the United Nations (UN), “an inclusive green economy is one that improves human well-being and builds social equity while reducing environmental risks and scarcities.” Over the past decade, many governments […]
Finalists announced for the 2019 RTPI Awards for Research Excellence
Thu, 08 Aug 2019 15:06:40 +0000
The RTPI have announced the shortlisted finalists for this year’s RTPI Awards for Research Excellence. The Awards, which are in their fifth year, cover six categories and aim to recognise and promote high quality, impactful spatial planning research from RTPI accredited planning schools, and planning consultancies around the world. It’s a truly international shortlist with […]
Scottish Planning and Environmental Law Conference 2019 open for bookings
Wed, 07 Aug 2019 13:43:26 +0000
We’re pleased to announce that 2019’s Scottish Planning and Environmental Law Conference is returning to Edinburgh on Thursday 19 September, and the programme has now been released. This flagship conference always attracts a knowledgeable audience from the planning and legal professions, with a focus on quality discussion and debate. The focus this year is on […]
Smart cities aim to make urban life more efficient – but for citizens’ sake they need to slow down
Mon, 05 Aug 2019 07:30:14 +0000
Sometimes you want to take it slow. Fabrizio Verrecchia/Unsplash. , FAL Guest post by Lakshmi Priya Rajendran, Anglia Ruskin University All over the world, governments, institutions and businesses are combining technologies for gathering data, enhancing communications and sharing information, with urban infrastructure, to create smart cities. One of the main goals of these efforts is […]
How a smart canal and a sponge city could regenerate North Glasgow
Mon, 29 Jul 2019 07:30:16 +0000
by Scott Faulds In the late 18th century, following years of delays and complications, the Forth and Clyde Canal was finally completed and opened for use. In the pre-industrial era, the canal was an essential transport corridor, which allowed goods to be moved from the Firth of Forth to the Firth of Clyde and even […]
Teaching offenders to code: supporting digital skills and reducing reoffending among those leaving prison
Mon, 22 Jul 2019 07:30:53 +0000
Breaking the cycle of reoffending by teaching prisoners to code In the UK, we have one of the highest numbers of adults in prison in western Europe, and of those who have been in prison, almost half will re-offend within a year of release. Reoffending in the UK is estimated to cost as much as […]
Closing the race attainment gap: a new report aims to help universities move forward
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 07:30:50 +0000
On the face of it, the UK’s university sector is an international success story. UK universities attract global talent, valuable income and investment, produce world-leading research, generate hundreds of thousands of jobs, and improve people’s everyday lives in countless ways. Britain’s universities are also more racially and culturally diverse than ever before. But a recent […]
Gardens of the dead: cemeteries as spaces for nature
Mon, 08 Jul 2019 07:30:34 +0000
“The cemetery is an open space among the ruins, covered in winter with violets and daisies.” Percy Bysshe Shelley, Preface to Adonais (1891) Percy Shelley’s description of the Protestant Cemetery in Rome perfectly illustrates how the cemetery, often negatively associated with death and decay, can in fact be a place where nature flourishes. In this […]
Beneath the headlines: record high employment rate but what’s more important, quantity or quality?
Mon, 01 Jul 2019 07:30:18 +0000
The UK employment rate has hit a joint record high of 76.1%, according to the latest official figures. The unemployment rate was estimated at 3.8%; it has not been lower since 1974. The economic inactivity rate was also close to a record low. It’s not surprising that such record figures are often highlighted as ‘good […]

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