Berlin Brandenburg: the airport that failed to take off
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 07:30:47 +0000
The UK has had its fair share of landmark construction projects that struggled to reach their completion targets and suffered from soaring costs. Wembley Stadium, Edinburgh’s tram network, and the Scottish Parliament are just some examples of major projects affected by delays and cost over-runs. But the significant problems affecting these sites appear minor in […]
“A new journey”: creating a dementia-friendly public transport system
Wed, 11 Oct 2017 07:30:28 +0000
People diagnosed with dementia can live independently for many years – in fact, 1 in 3 people with dementia are still able to drive safely.  However, as the disease progresses, people with dementia must eventually stop driving.  Public transport can be a good alternative to driving for those in the early stages of dementia, enabling […]
SURF conference 2017 – What Scotland has learned from 25 years of regeneration
Mon, 09 Oct 2017 07:30:36 +0000
By Steven McGinty “If regeneration has been so successful, why are there still so many pilots?” This was just one of the many thought-provoking points raised at the Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum’s (SURF) 25th Anniversary Conference, where the very activity of regeneration was put under the microscope. In a packed room of delegates, the day […]
Free access to Social Policy and Practice … this month only!
Wed, 04 Oct 2017 07:30:29 +0000
Social Policy and Practice is the UK’s only national social science database embracing social care, social services, public health, social policy and public policy. And Ovid – the internationally-recognised leader in medical information services – is celebrating its unique benefits by offering the chance for librarians and researchers to test drive it for free, throughout October! UK-focused evidence […]
Using an asset based approach to support people with learning disabilities into work
Mon, 02 Oct 2017 07:30:08 +0000
This blog is based on discussions from the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability conference, held in Perth in September 2017. Introducing an asset-based approach The term ” asset-based” is commonly used within community development and public health. It is used to mean an approach that identifies and emphasises the strengths and abilities of people within […]
Tourism – is it “killing neighbourhoods”?
Wed, 27 Sep 2017 08:30:36 +0000
By Heather Cameron Today is World Tourism Day (WTD), the aim of which is “to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.”  (United Nations) Commencing on 27 September 1980, WTD is celebrated each year with fitting events based on themes selected by the […]
Highlights of the SPEL conference 2017
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:00:57 +0000
This year’s Scottish Planning and Environmental Law conference, held in Edinburgh’s COSLA building, focused on Anticipating and preparing for change and covered a range of topics from the impact of Brexit on planning and environmental law in Scotland to how planning and planners can help tackle the growing housing crisis. Delegates were given the opportunity […]
Are controversial ‘fix rooms’ a solution or a problem?
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:30:17 +0000
By Steven McGinty In August, Glasgow City Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP) announced that it had found a potential site for its pilot drug consumption facility. This new service provides drug users with a place to inject drugs under clinical supervision and discard their needles. Other services may also be offered, including the prescription of […]
Are smartphones damaging young people’s mental health?
Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:12:52 +0000
by Stacey Dingwall Last week saw the launch of Universities UK’s #stepchange campaign – a framework that aims to help universities support the mental wellbeing of their student populations. In their case for action as to why the framework was needed, the organisation noted that recent years have seen an increase in the number of […]
Prize-winning planners take a bow: winners of the RTPI Awards for Research Excellence
Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:30:02 +0000
At this week’s Planning Research Conference, hosted by Queen’s University in Belfast, the winners were announced for the 2017 Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Research Excellence. These awards recognise the best spatial planning research from the RTPI’s accredited planning schools, and highlight the implications of academic research for policy and practice. In addition, […]