Youth participation and citizenship: hearing young people’s voices in North Ayrshire
Wed, 21 Mar 2018 08:30:58 +0000
2018 is the year of young people in Scotland. The idea is to inspire Scotland through its young people, celebrating their achievements, valuing their contribution to communities and creating new opportunities for them to take the lead. Research published by the Scottish Government in 2018, Young people’s participation in decision making in Scotland: attitudes and […]
A digital identity crisis: is slow progress costing citizens and business?
Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:30:19 +0000
By Steven McGinty The government’s flagship digital identity programme, GOV.UK Verify, has not been short of problems lately. However, news that benefit claimants have been unable to register for the new Universal Credit (UC) because of problems using the service highlight that its failings are having real-world consequences. In February, government statistics showed that only […]
Of kerbs, crossings and conceits: is this the end of the road for shared space?
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:30:40 +0000
Shared space –  where pedestrians and traffic share the same, deregulated space – is one of the most controversial concepts in contemporary urban design.  Branded as “a planning folly, an architectural conceit” by Lord Holmes, shared space schemes have provoked a mixed, and often passionate, response from advocates and opponents. Advocates claim that shared space […]
How low can they go? Cities are taking action to reduce air pollution and save lives
Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:30:07 +0000
Air pollution is a bigger killer in Europe than obesity or alcohol: nearly half a million Europeans die each year from its effects. Particulate matter (a complex mixture of extremely small dust particles and liquid droplets) and nitrogen dioxide (an invisible, but foul smelling gas) are particularly harmful to health.  As the New Scientist has […]
Disrupting cities: are tech firms to blame for rising inequalities?
Wed, 07 Mar 2018 08:30:11 +0000
By Steven McGinty In cities across the world, there is growing unease at the impact of tech firms on local communities. In San Francisco’s Silicon Valley, “Google Buses” – the corporate commuter buses for Google staff – have been the subject of multiple protests by local activists, including the blockading of buses and displaying provocative […]
How urban farmers are learning to grow food without soil or natural light
Mon, 05 Mar 2018 08:30:36 +0000
This guest blog was written by Silvio Caputo, Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture, University of Portsmouth. Growing food in cities became popular in Europe and North America during and immediately after World War II. Urban farming provided citizens with food, at a time when resources were desperately scarce. In the decades that followed, […]
Bumps in the road for bike-sharing schemes
Wed, 28 Feb 2018 08:30:10 +0000
Last year, we reported on the rapid rise of bike-share schemes around the world. Since then, bike-sharing has continued to grow in its existing strongholds, while new schemes have been launched in places as varied as Lisbon and Detroit. But the nature of bike-sharing has also undergone dramatic changes, with some welcoming the new developments, […]
Opportunity or necessity… what’s fuelling the growth in self-employment?
Mon, 26 Feb 2018 09:32:31 +0000
With unemployment reaching its lowest level since 1975, it may seem like the state of the labour market has improved in recent years. However, a closer look at the statistics suggests that this is not necessarily the case. The strong performance in the labour market in part reflects the growth in self-employment, which has been […]
Joining the digital revolution: social workers’ use of digital media
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:30:37 +0000
In January 2018, NHS digital published a report, which highlighted the accessibility and availability of digital platforms to help social workers with their job role. The research, which was compiled from survey data, sought to understand not only how social work could be supported through the use of IT and digital platforms, but also to […]
‘Agent of Change’ protects music venues from noise complaints, but won’t stop them from closing
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:30:17 +0000
This guest blog was written by Marion Roberts, Professor of Urban Design, University of Westminster. A Conservative minister for housing, a grey-haired Labour MP, ageing icons of rock and creative young people have formed an unlikely alliance in support of the Agent of Change (Planning) Bill. The proposed law, which will be discussed for the […]