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  4. The ITRC research programme (UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium) is searching for a Programme Manager.

    Details of the post can be found here (ignore the closing date):

    Further information about the ITRC can be found here:

    Expressions of interest should be sent to Professor Jim Hall, University of Oxford,

    Please circulate as appropriate.

  5. To command is to serve, no more and absolutely nothing less.
    The meek shall inherit the Earth, however, not its mineral rights.

  6. University of Birmingham appointments listed below are now live on the University HR website and should appear on shortly. The closing date for all posts is Wednesday 10th August In view of the close deadline for applications your help in publicizing the posts would be very much appreciated.

    Lecturer in Human Geography (Urban Adaptation & Resilience) 47367
    Lecturer/Senior Lecturer In Water Sciences (Surface water environments and processes) 14586

    Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Basin Analysis 38160
    Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Radioactive Waste Disposal and Remediation 47282 (the closing date is missing from the FPs but HR is correcting this)
    Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Water Sciences (Physical Hydrogeology) 15407

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  8. Helping communities to be more resilient in recovering from the recession

    Peter will address the problems communities are facing in terms of food and energy cost inflation, public spending cuts, shortage of jobs and the need to tackle climate change. He will outline an approach to community transformation through neighbourhood planning in which an integrated approach is taken to energy, water and waste efficiencies and cost reduction, combined with improved public spaces, walking and cycling and information systems. He will describe how private capital could be drawn in to drive the transformation, what the delivery process would be and how it might be kicked off in demonstration towns. Peter will emphasise the need for urban-rural resource integration and new ways of modelling and delivering this through a new charity he has set up.

    About Peter Head CBE

    Peter is a champion for developing global practice that demonstrates that the way we invest public and private money in the built environment could be made very much more effective if the public and private sector adopted sustainable development principles.

    He is a civil and structural engineer who has become a recognised world leader in major bridges (he received an OBE for successfully delivering the Second Severn Crossing as Government Agent), advanced composite technology and now in sustainable development in cities. He has won many awards for his work including the Award of Merit of IABSE, the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Silver Medal and the Prince Philip Award for Polymers in the Service of Mankind.

    Peter joined Arup in 2004 to create and lead their planning and integrated urbanism team which has now doubled in size. He was appointed in 2002 by the Mayor of London as an independent Commissioner on the London Sustainable Development Commission and led the planning and development sub-group of the Commission.Peter is a judge for the Prince Philip Designers’ Prize , the Holcim Awards and the Earth Awards.

    Peter is an expert adviser to the Singapore Government on Green Buildings and Infrastructure and he is on the advisory panel for the World Future Council.In July 2008 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering at Bristol University, where he is a visiting Professor in Systems Engineering.

    In 2009 Peter was awarded the Sir Frank Whittle medal of the Royal Academy of Engineering for a lifetime contribution to the well-being of the Nation through environmental innovation.
    He was cited by Time magazine in 2008 as one of 30 global eco-heroes and has been one of CNN’s Principle Voices.

    In 2011 Peter was awarded the CBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services to Civil Engineering and the Environment.

    Date: Monday 20th June 2011
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: MADE@Newhall Square, Birmingham B3 1RY
    Cost: £25 (inc VAT)

    To buy/reserve your tickets:

  9. On Friday 8th July the University of Birmingham will be hosting an ‘Energy at Birmingham’ showcase day, an opportunity for academics and industry to find out about the full range of energy research at the University of Birmingham.

    This will be a fantastic chance here on campus to meet people at Birmingham who you may not have come across before and may wish to work with in future.

    Registration is FREE but mandatory – the day includes
    – Presentations from academics working in each key energy theme, detailing Birmingham’s activity and capabilities
    – Sessions chaired by three Pro-Vice-Chancellor Heads of Colleges and a lunch hosted by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer
    – Poster presentations from each energy theme
    – Free tea, coffee and lunch
    – Regular networking breaks
    – Representatives from the Energy Generation and Supply, and Environmental Sustainability KTNs

    The event will take place in the Vice Chancellor’s Marquee on Chancellor’s Court.

    Please forward this invitation to networks or industry contacts who you feel may benefit from coming. Also if there are research fellows/PhD/Eng D colleagues who you think should attend please forward the invitation.

    As space is limited it essential that you register for the day at the online shop:

    This will be a full and exciting day, and we hope you are able to join us.

    If you have any problems registering please contact the event co-ordinator Brigid Jones by email: or Telephone: 0121 414 8940.

  10. The new report “Climate Resilient Infrastructure: Preparing for a Changing Climate” has been published by defra at


    An Institute of Place Management / Institute of Economic Development event:

    Why the Coalition Government Should Promote the Town Centre through Planning Policy

    Date: Wednesday 15th June 2011

    Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, 2nd Floor, Minshull Building, 47-49 Chorlton Street, M1 3FY (Opposite the Manchester College – Shena Simon Campus)


    Dear IPM Member,

    Planning policy and the health of the town centre are strongly linked. This link was graphically demonstrated during the 1980s and early 90s by the decline experienced by many of our towns and cities when faced with out-of-town development and the lack of a concerted response. During this period, the high street was allowed to fall into dereliction with vital commercial and community services lost in the process. In 1996 the UK Government responded by committing to a ‘Town Centres First’ planning policy which was supported by a recommendation that the private sector, property owners, infrastructure agencies, the community and the local authority should develop centre management initiatives. The return of investment back to town centres has been slow but steady. Every Government since, has committed to the Town Centres First policy.

    In December 2010, the Coalition Government announced the complete overhaul of existing planning policy for England, which will be replaced by a new streamlined equivalent. This presentation offers the Institute of Place Management’s argument to why town centres must be promoted within the new framework for planning policy so genuine sustainable economic development can take place.

    We look forward to seeing you at this FREE IED Event kindly hosted by the Institute of Place Management at the Manchester Metropolitan University.

    Programme Details

    Tea & coffee on arrival

    4.30pm – Welcome and Introduction, Chairman of Branch IED, Nigel Wilcock followed by overview by Ojay McDonald, Research and Policy Manager of the Association of Town Centre Management.

    Approx 5.15pm – Questions/Answers/ Information Sharing to develop an Open Floor debate.

    Finish at approx 5.45pm – followed by opportunity to network.

    Please note: places for this event are limited, so please book as soon as possible. To book your place contact Ojay Mcdonald,
    Tel: 0161 247 3982.

    The Institute of Place Management is the international, professional body that supports people, and organisations, committed to developing, managing and making places better.

    Registered Address: 1 Queen Anne’s Gate, Westminster, London, SW1H 9BT
    Registered Company No. 6587591
    Postal Address: Suite 117, 111 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2HX
    Telephone: +44 (0)161 247 6041
    Copyright Institute of Place Management 2011

  12. Sponge Consultation Event
    Proposed Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Wed 29th June 2011, 6-9.30pm, London

    The Climate Change Act 2008 states that Government is to make regulations by April 2012 requiring the directors’ report of a company to include information about their greenhouse gas emissions (or explain to Parliament why not). A consultation has therefore been launched seeking your views on mandatory reporting

    The application of GHG reporting to the built environment sector is relevant both in terms of regulatory impact and existing experience quantifying emissions.

    Event Proposal
    Sponge propose a consultation event to explore the four options presented by the consultation paper below, through sharing members’ current experience and views in this field.

    Perspectives will be presented by Sarah Cary, Sustainable Developments Executive, British Land & Dave Worthington, Director, Camco. The 4 options the consultation asks to consider:

    Enhanced voluntary reporting
    Mandating reporting for all large companies?
    Mandating reporting for all quoted companies?
    Mandating reporting for all companies whose electricity consumption exceeds a threshold?
    Additional Questions:
    Should companies have to report on their direct emissions & indirect emissions
    Is internal verification of greenhouse gas emissions sufficient, or should external assurance be sought?

    6:00pm: Registration
    6:30pm: Introduction & Consultation Overview
    6:45pm: Perspectives: Sarah Cary, Sustainable Developments Executive, British Land & Dave Worthington, Director, Camco
    7:30pm: Group discussions
    8:45pm: Feedback of main points
    9:00pm: End of formal event. Chat, drinks and nibbles
    9.30pm: Close

    We will write up and feedback to government comments made

    When: Wed 29th June 2011, 6pm – 9.00pm
    Where: 211 Old Street, London, EC1V 9NR
    How much: £5 payable on the door
    How to book:

  13. BRE’s latest Constructing the Future publication now available online at

  14. Invitation to the conference “Cultural Policies Towards Economic and Social Urban Sustainability”, organized by the Embassy of Switzerland in the UK.

    The conference aims at fostering an exchange between Switzerland and the UK on issues relating to sustainable development, and is part of the ongoing Swiss-UK Dialogue Series.

    · Cllr Martin Vollenwyder, Deputy Mayor of Zürich, and Cllr Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council will discuss policies, experiences and lessons learned in Zürich and Southwark.
    · Charles Landry, Director of Comedia and Author of “The Creative City” and “The Art of City Making” will explore the dynamics of urban civic creativity.
    · Prof Timon Beyes (Leuphana University Lüneburg) and Artist Prof Simeon Nelson (University of Hertfordshire) will discuss the politics of urban cultural interventions;
    · Hubertus Adam, Artistic Director of the Swiss Architecture Museum, will address the role of urban design as both the canvas for cultural reflections and a physical space for social inclusion.

    Date: 7 July 2011, 12.45-17.30, followed by reception
    Venue: Glaziers Hall, Court Room, 9 Montague Close, London Bridge, London SE1 9DD

    Registration or for further information:

    The conference is free of charge. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please confirm your name and if you will be staying for the reception.

  15. Putting a monetary value on our green spaces: The National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA) report

    Picked up today by Radio 4’s Today programme.

  16. Lancaster University Urban Density Survey

    The aim of this ten-minute survey is to obtain the views of informed practitioners, policy-makers and academics on aspects of density and decision-making in the urban environment. ‘Informed’ refers to anyone who considers and/or makes decisions about density in their job, either operationally or strategically. These individual views will provide a collective understanding of how density is considered by key stakeholders in the urban design and development process as well as of the variety of density issues facing decision-makers today. This feedback also will contribute to improved understanding of how density influences the efficient use, management and maintenance of urban environments for liveability, wellbeing and sustainability. The research currently being undertaken with government as part of the Urban Futures research project seeks to provide support and guidance to stakeholders about density and decision-making. Further information about the Urban Futures project can be found on the project website (

    The density survey may be found online ( It is available in alternative formats, such as large print, and the researchers can provide assistance in survey completion if needed.

    Please contact Christopher Boyko ( for further information.

  17. Workshop – ‘Integrated sustainability assessment toolkit’
    22nd June 2011: Royal Statistical Society, London.

    This morning workshop is organised by researchers involved in the EPSRC-funded SUE-MoT (Sustainable Urban Environment – Metrics, Models and Toolkits) project, which sought to develop a comprehensive and transparent framework that encourages key decision-makers to systematically assess the sustainability of urban developments taking account of scale, life cycle, location, context, and all stakeholder values. One of the key outcomes of the project was to develop the framework of an Integrated Sustainability Assessment Toolkit (ISAT). This workshop seeks to offer a valuable opportunity for practitioners involved in shaping the built environment to learn about the ISAT and its capabilities and to explore its potential as a possible alternative to current sustainability assessment tools. Delegates will have an opportunity to interact and explore the extent to which the ISAT reflects the decision-making process, brainstorm and debate its role during sustainability assessment, and contribute to the direction of its future development. For further information or to register for the workshop, please contact

  18. Two books recommended by Keith Clarke, Chief Exec of Atkins during his excellent Clark Lecture, University of Birmingham, 31 May 2011:

    1. David MacKay, Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air (free to download at

    2. John Galbraith, The Great Crash

  19. Dear Colleagues,

    “What do you think should be the two or three highest priority political outcomes of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), scheduled for Rio de Janeiro in June 2012?”

    The Natural Resources Forum, a quarterly journal issued by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and published by Wiley-Blackwell, is inviting your views on the above question for the Viewpoints section of the November 2011 issue.

    The section offers a platform for academics, practitioners and experts to share their perspectives and to feature these perspectives alongside other responses in the journal. Each entry should be 250 words or less addressing the question.

    Our Editorial Team will select contributions that address an important dimension of the debate.

    When submitting a contribution, please do so in MS Word format and provide your name, title, affiliation and contact details.

    The deadline for submission to the Viewpoints issue is: 15 July 2011.

    We look forward to receiving contributions at

    Best regards,

    Natural Resources Forum
    Blackwell Publishing Website:

  20. The long-awaited SUE Research Dialogues report is now available to download from this website at:

    • Joanne

      That’s really great news.

      Thanks for your gigantic effort and perseverance!

      Has it gone to EPSRC and/or have we had any comment?

      Please keep me in the loop on this.


  21. IMPACT 360° – ISSUES invites you to IMPACT 360°: Success Stories from the Sustainable Urban Environment. IMPACT 360° presents research findings from the EPSRC’s Sustainable Urban Environments (SUE) research programme to stimulate discussion amongst the researchers, decision makers, practitioners and policy makers about urban futures, urban sustainability and pathways to achieving impact.

    Taking in the panoramic view from the 29th floor of Millbank Tower in central London, IMPACT 360° will focus on a selection of 360° Impact Success Stories, as told by the SUE researchers themselves, set alongside messages from key figures about the importance of ensuring research impacts in the ‘real world’.

    Attendance is by invitation only. The number of places available are limited so please register at:

    Registration closes on Tuesday 1st of February 2011.

  22. From EPSRC’s recent email alert of the latest calls for proposals.

    Grand Transport Challenge: Energy Storage
    Closing Date: 10-08-2010

    Healthcare Partnerships
    Closing Date: 19-08-2010

    Research in the Wild
    Closing Date: 12-08-2010

    Transport Grand Challenge: Travel behaviour, habits and practice. Five-day sandpit
    Closing Date: 18-08-2010

  23. Include 2011

    The Helen Hamlyn Centre at the Royal College of Art is pleased to announce the sixth International conference on Inclusive Design.

    Include 2011 will take place at the Royal College of Art, London, UK on 18-20 April 2011.

    The theme for Include 2011 will be: The Role of Inclusive Design in Making Social Innovation Happen
    As a concept, social innovation has growing currency in society, government, academia and business. It manifests itself in many different ways in different contexts. Its meanings extend from public service and policy innovation to initiatives in assistive technology and to aspects of civic participation and creative entrepreneurship.

    In all of these areas, design has a key role to play. It can make policy visible and participation possible.
    In particular, inclusive design can deliver innovations of social value to communities and markets.
    The Include 2011 international conference at the Royal College of Art seeks papers on all design aspects that catalyse social innovation, in particular:
    – Organisation – what design tools, techniques, frameworks and networks support and enhance social innovation?
    – Origins – how has social innovation emerged as a design construct and in what ways does it manifest itself?
    – Outputs – research studies and design exemplars of social innovation, drawn from public space, health, transport and other key domains.

    Include 2011 is particularly interested in papers that explore the direct relationship between inclusive design and social innovation.

    Details for submission of abstracts for papers and poster presentations can be found at
    Abstracts due by June 15th

    More details on the Include conferences can be found at

  24. Also, I can’t wait to hear more about the conference… I’d love to attend. -Jason

  25. I really like how the site has developed! -Jason

  26. Below please find information from Duncan Shermer, EPSRC, regarding the forthcoming Clean Water for All workshop. Note the specific request for responses from within and beyond the area of water.

    I am writing to inform you about an upcoming EPSRC workshop on the 15th and 16th July. The workshop will take place at the Scarman Conference Centre at the University of Warwick and will be focussed on the topic of Clean Water for All and will be intended to inform EPSRC’s future strategy with a view to a potential future funding activity in this area.

    The workshop will bring together academics, industrial representatives and stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines with the aim of identifying some new challenges in Clean Water for All.

    If you are interested in attending and if you are available on the 15th and 16th July then please complete the attached form and email it to by 12 noon on the 30th June.

    We are aiming to engage the widest possible cross-section of delegates and my addressbook is far from exhaustive so I would appreciate it if you could please pass on this email or inform any of your colleagues and collaborators who you feel might be interested in attending and might be able to contribute to the discussion.

    Best wishes,

    Duncan Shermer

    Dr Duncan Shermer
    Portfolio Manager
    Transportation, Operations and Management
    Coastal and Waterway Engineering
    Water Engineering

    Polaris House
    North Star Avenue
    Swindon SN2 1ET

    Tel.: 01793 442572

  27. Hi- thanks for all your hard work on the SUE Dialogues event. Let’s hope that this web site will act as a conduit for new synergies between people interested in researching aspects of sustainable urban environments!

  28. Hi there,

    like the website – great to have all this information about the SUE programme and the different projects in one place!

    Best wishes,

  29. Hello Dialogues forum,
    This is just to connect into the discussion forum and say that I am still interested in thinking about the role of air in place-making. It seems to me that air is qualitatively different to other elements, including water, since it is not only a fluid, but is also unbounded (more-or-less). So, like water, air is a conduit between places but, unlike water, it is less easily engineered.
    Pity the EPSRC cross-disciplinary feasibility accounts deadline is today – I wonder if soemthing along the lines of the above would have made the germ of a proposal?

  30. New calls that the SUE community might be interested in:

    Research Council Follow-on Fund
    Invitation for proposals: Up to 12 months support available to develop the commercial potential of ideas generated by EPSRC research grant funding.
    Closing Date: 26/08/2010

    Cross-disciplinary feasibility account
    Expressions of interest: The Cross-Disciplinary Interfaces Programme invites expressions of interest for a Cross-Disciplinary Feasibility Account, to be held by an established cross-disciplinary research group, and used to support a suite of short-term research activities.
    Closing Date: 20/04/2010

    EPSRC Strategic Plan (for those that didn’t get a copy)

    RCUK Pathways to Impact information
    (And in particular, the RCUK presentation on the right hand side of the screen)

  31. Dear Ian,

    Thank you for your comments.

    The clock has been reset (eagle eyes!).

    At the moment, comments can are added to this page and participants are able to select if they wish to receive notices of other comments posted (see tick box below). Dialogues is considering creating discussion themes to make following certain conversation strings easier. Thoughts and suggestions about this are welcome.

    Best wishes,
    Dialogues team

  32. I presented and facilitated at the SURegen project’s workshop on Indicators for Sustainable Urban Regeneration at the Royal Statistical Society in London on Thursday.

    I introduced the industry participants to SUE Research Dialogues URL in a final session about where to look for more information about the SUE programme and individual projects – along with pointing them to KT Issues search engine.

  33. You need to reset the clock on this web site.

    My previous post is shown as 7.27.

    I sent it at 8.27.

  34. I’ve clicked on the Forum menu button.

    It has opened this new box in which I am writing.

    I had expected it to take me to a page where I could find a discussion.

    How do I find that?

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