What makes a city child-friendly?
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:30:48 +0000
In 1996, Unicef launched one of the first initiatives to promote a child-friendly approach to urban design – the Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI).  Since then, interest in the design and development of ‘child-friendly cities’ has grown significantly. In the UK, the CFCI has inspired a number of city-based initiatives that, while not officially part […]
Is technology really the answer to social isolation and loneliness?
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:30:39 +0000
By Steven McGinty As we head towards Christmas, the media is filled with images of families coming together and enjoying the festivities. However, the reality is that many people will not be spending the Christmas period with loved ones, and will be spending the festive season alone. In April, Future Cities Catapult produced a report […]
Pursuing inclusive growth … will the Planning (Scotland) Bill be enough?
Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:30:26 +0000
After months of anticipation, the Scottish Government has finally introduced the Scottish Planning Bill into Parliament this week. The need for reform was originally explored in 2015’s independent review (resulting in the report ‘Empowering planning to deliver great places‘) so progress has been relatively slow, with multiple workstreams and consultations working towards fulfilling the aims […]
Who’s caring for our young carers?
Mon, 04 Dec 2017 08:30:50 +0000
In less than two months time the UK will come together to recognise the 700,000 young people in the UK who provide care and support to families and friends, on Young Carers Awareness Day on 25 January. Every day, children and young people provide physical and emotional care and support to their family members. Helping […]
“Shifting into reverse” – the global gender gap
Fri, 01 Dec 2017 08:30:34 +0000
By Heather Cameron “Gender parity is shifting into reverse” – this was the finding of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) most recent annual Global gender gap report, published last month. This is the first time progress, albeit slow, towards gender parity has stalled since the WEF started measuring it in 2006. Widening gap On current […]
Focus on: Evaluations Online
Wed, 29 Nov 2017 08:30:17 +0000
  Evaluations Online is a public portal providing access to a collection of evaluation and economic development research reports commissioned by Scottish Enterprise, Scotland’s main economic development agency. Ensuring that public investment generates economic and social benefits, and long-term inclusive growth for Scotland is core to Scottish Enterprise’s remit. Making evaluation and research reports publicly available, […]
Autumn Budget 2017: a wintry economic outlook
Mon, 27 Nov 2017 08:30:34 +0000
On a chilly morning in Glasgow last Friday, delegates gathered at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre in Glasgow for the Fraser of Allander Institute’s (FAI) post-Budget briefing. Chaired by Alf Young, visiting professor at the International Public Policy Institute, the presentation focused on the economic and tax measures in the Chancellor’s first […]
Scotland’s High Line: Bowling basin redevelopment
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:30:06 +0000
  Pre-2014, the Bowling harbour basin at the western entrance to the Forth and Clyde Canal had seen better days. The decline of what was a hub of activity in its industrial heyday had left it largely unused, neglected, and in need of some TLC. The Bowling basin harbour development, headed by Scottish Canals and […]
Drones in the city: should we ban drone hobbyists?
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:30:40 +0000
By Steven McGinty Drones are becoming an increasingly observable feature of modern cities, from tech enthusiasts flying drones in local parks to engineers using them to monitor air pollution. And there have also been some high profile commercial trials such as Amazon Prime Air, an ambitious 30-minute delivery service. However, introducing drones into the public […]
Involving children and young people in town planning
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:23:10 +0000
By 2050, it is estimated that nearly 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas.  In the UK, this figure is expected to be closer to 90%.   This demographic shift, along with population growth in general, means that more children than ever are growing up in urban environments. This has a number of […]