Bees and butterflies are under threat from urbanisation: here’s how city-dwellers can help
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:30:36 +0000
This guest blog was written by Katherine Baldock, NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the University of Bristol. Pollinators such as bees, hoverflies and butterflies, are responsible for the reproduction of many flowering plants and help to produce more than three quarters of the world’s crop species. Globally, the value of the services provided by pollinators […]
Treating violence as a disease: can a public health approach succeed?
Mon, 11 Mar 2019 08:30:38 +0000
Knife crime, especially deaths of young people, has been making the headlines in recent weeks. And an approach which has a proven track record in Glasgow is now being adopted by the GLA, MOPAC and the Met police to try to tackle the growing levels of violence being seen on London’s streets. Learning from the […]
Zoning in on air pollution: low emission zones to tackle our dangerously dirty air
Mon, 04 Mar 2019 08:30:40 +0000
At the start of this year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that air pollution posed the greatest threat to global environmental health in 2019. The UN’s public health agency estimates that nine out of ten people worldwide breathe polluted air every day. Most of the pollutants in our air today come from traffic. Nitrogen […]
UK slipping to third place in international higher education – are UK universities losing their competitive edge?
Mon, 25 Feb 2019 08:30:01 +0000
By Steven McGinty Last year, Professor Simon Marginson published a report that would have worried university chiefs more than a BBC investigation into their eye-watering salaries. The concern? That UK universities are no longer able to compete with the world’s elite universities and have slipped from second to third in the international higher education rankings. […]
“The ‘frustrated’ housing aspirations of generation rent”
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 08:30:27 +0000
A key change in the UK’s housing market over the past twenty years has been the growth of the private rented sector (PRS), with more living in the sector than ever before. This growth has led to the view that there is now a ‘generation rent’ who are priced out of home ownership and stranded […]
How empowering the community can help us create better places to live
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 08:30:29 +0000
Places can be defined in a lot of different ways: the geographic location, the physical buildings, the people who live there and the relationships that are formed. Central to places should be the people who live and interact there. Putting people, and communities at the heart of placemaking can benefit the physical infrastructure of a […]
Recycling: is it worth it?
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 08:30:58 +0000
By Helen Bird, Resource Management Specialist, WRAP ‘Single-use’ was coined 2018’s word of the year – and it’s not hard to see why after we collectively became aware of the devastating impact single-use plastic can have watching the BBC’s Blue Planet II and Drowning in Plastic. Everybody seems to be discussing the plastic crisis – […]
How AI is transforming local government
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 08:30:57 +0000
By Steven McGinty Last year, Scottish Local Government Chief Digital Officer Martyn Wallace spoke to the CIO UK podcast and highlighted that in 2019 local government must take advantage of artificial intelligence (AI) to deliver better outcomes for citizens. He explained: “I think in the public sector we have to see AI as a way […]
Free for all: fare-free public transport is going places
Mon, 04 Feb 2019 08:30:39 +0000
At the end of 2018, the coalition government in Luxembourg announced plans to abolish charges for anyone using trains, trams and buses. Beginning next spring, public transport across the country will be free for all.  The measure extends an existing scheme allowing those under the age of 20 to travel free on the country’s public […]
New year, new high street: it’s time to reshape our town centres (part two)
Tue, 29 Jan 2019 08:30:42 +0000
This is the second of a two-part blog on high streets and town centres.  In our last post, we highlighted some recent publications that have sought to address the challenges facing our high streets and town centres. We looked at how towns could work to diversify their retail offer, placing greater focus upon developing experiences […]

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