The ‘Netflix of transportation’ – could MaaS be the future of urban mobility?
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 09:41:59 +0000
Congestion, air pollution, inadequate public transport services – these are just some of the issues cities around the world are having to try and mitigate.  Could Mobility as a Service (MaaS) be the solution? A recent webinar presented on Intelligent Transport looked at the different approaches currently being proposed, discussing the various benefits they offer […]
Lessons from America: ideas and caveats from the US midterm elections
Mon, 07 Jan 2019 08:30:52 +0000
This month, a new session of the United States Congress met for the first time since November’s mid-term elections. The election results brought mixed fortunes for the country’s main political parties. Although the Republicans retained control of the US Senate, the Democrats gained the seats they needed to take control of the House of Representatives. […]
Reeling in the year: a look back at 2018
Mon, 17 Dec 2018 08:30:17 +0000
It’s been another busy year for The Knowledge Exchange Blog. We’ve covered a variety of subjects, from housing and the environment to education and planning. So as the year draws to a close, now’s a good time to reflect on some of the subjects we’ve been blogging about during 2018. Bibliotheraphy, walkability and family learning […]
Gender pay gap at universities could get even worse – here’s why
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:38:55 +0000
This guest blog was written by Nisreen Ameen, Lecturer at Queen Mary University London. Britain has one of the largest gender pay gaps in the European Union, with women earning roughly 21% less than men. This means that women in UK universities today are still earning less than their male colleagues. So although laws on […]
“The great British sell-off” – losing community assets to balance budgets
Mon, 03 Dec 2018 09:33:21 +0000
Since 2016, local authorities have been allowed to invest the proceeds of assets sold by April 2019 (now extended to 2021-22) into transforming frontline services, something they were previously prohibited from doing.  Following years of austerity and the extent of recent government funding cuts, it is not surprising that councils have used such money in […]
Autism-friendly cities: making a world of difference
Mon, 26 Nov 2018 08:30:52 +0000
At this time of year, high streets and shops across the country are bustling, decked out with lights and colourful decorations, and of course, the familiar Christmas tunes. For many, this is part and parcel of the exciting run up to Christmas.  However, for autistic people, the added crowds, lights and noise can turn an […]
Liveable cities with people at their heart
Mon, 19 Nov 2018 08:30:13 +0000
The historic Royal Mile in the centre of Edinburgh was the suitably attractive setting for a conference last week on liveable cities. As Paul Lawrence, Executive Director of Place at Edinburgh City Council, observed, Edinburgh has been grappling with liveability for 300 years. But it’s one of many cities now facing new challenges to ensure […]
The Changing Room Initiative: tackling the stigma of poor mental health in men through sport
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 08:30:33 +0000
It’s shocking that 12.5% of men in the UK are suffering from one of the common mental health disorders (estimated by The Men’s Health Forum). And men are as much as two and a half times more likely than women to die by suicide each year, with one of the most at-risk groups being men […]
Making social mobility a reality: the Robertson Trust’s Journey to Success programme
Mon, 05 Nov 2018 08:30:35 +0000
The Sutton Trust, which works to combat educational inequality, has described low social mobility as the biggest social challenge of our times: “The income gap between the richest and poorest in society continues to widen, while education opportunities remain overwhelmingly dominated by children from the most privileged homes.” Education can make all the difference for […]
Free access to Social Policy and Practice … only available this November!
Fri, 02 Nov 2018 10:43:39 +0000
Social Policy and Practice is the only UK-produced social science database focused on public health, social care, social services and public policy. It is exclusively available via Ovid – the internationally-recognised leader in medical information services – and this November they are offering librarians and researchers the chance to test drive it for free! UK-focused evidence and […]