SPE news and events 2011

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November 2011

Professor Robin Hambleton speaks at Bristol Festival of Ideas event on 'Should Bristol have an elected Mayor?' - 30 November 2011

Robin Hambleton was a keynote speaker at the Bristol Ideas Forum held at the Watershed, Bristol on 2 December 2011. Organised by the Bristol Festival of Ideas this event assembled a number of well known speakers, including the former Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, to consider the question, 'Should Bristol have an elected Mayor?'

Professor Hambleton opened the conference with a talk on 'Place-based Leadership in a Globalising World'. This presentation drew on current research being carried out in the Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments (SPE) on the governance of place.

Other speakers at the Ideas Forum included Lord Andrew Adonis, Institute for Government, and Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham. Panels of local MPs and local political leaders also debated the pros and cons of Bristol introducing a directly elected mayor, an option now available to the citizens of Bristol following the passing of the Localism Act in November 2011.

Robin Hambleton speaks at annual Politicians in Planning Conference -  30 November 2011

Robin Hambleton, Professor of City Leadership in the Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments (SPE), spoke at the Annual Politicians in Planning Conference on 'Planning: Delivering Sustainable Growth' held in Bristol on 5 November 2011.

His presentation, which drew on a current Joseph Rowntree Foundation research project he is working on with Joanna Howard, was on 'Place-based leadership: the role of councillors in delivering localism'. The conference, which attracted over 100 delegates, explored the prospects for the future of planning in the light of the Localism Act 2011.

April 2011

CEBE publishes briefing guide No 17 on 'Bringing Public Health into Built Environment Education', written by WHO Collaborating Centre staff - 15 April 2011

A new briefing guide by Caroline Bird and Marcus Grant draws on research carried out through the Education Network for Healthier Settlements project to support the integration of key health issues into built environment education.

This is the latest in the CEBE Briefing Guide series which provide concise and essential information on good and innovative practices for Built Environment teaching staff. The publication of this guide is a timely reminder of the essential connections and impacts of the built environment on public health, especially as public health responsibilities move to Local Authorities.

The guide is aimed at all built environment educators, showing what the key issues are in terms of improving health understanding in the built environment professions and the range of techniques and methods they can use to bring this into their teaching.

March 2011

HEAT@UWE awards its second round of Start-up funding - 18 March 2011

HEAT@UWE is a programme of activities to develop, facilitate and communicate interdisciplinary research between health, environment and technology. It is a 3-year programme funded by EPSRC through their Bridging the Gaps programme (BtG) with Co-Investigators from FET (built environment, environmental science and technology), HLS (health and science communication) and FBL (social marketing).

HEAT@UWE has recently awarded its second round of Start-up funding and three projects are being led from the Department of Planning and Architecture:

  • Eran Ben-Elia (FET), Karina Stewart (HLS), Sarah Burgess (FET), Saad Liaquat Kiani (FET), Helen Featherstone (FET) and Michael Horswell (FET) have been awarded funding for ‘Student+Bike=Better Together: Motivating cycling through positive experience’
  • Elena Marco (FET), Sarah Burgess (FET), Rachel Manning (HLS) and Craig White (FET) have been awarded funding for a project on ‘Space in the sustainable and healthy home’
  • Sarah Burgess (FET), Paul Pilkington (HLS), Laurence Carmichael (FET), Jane Meyrick (HLS), Sarah Hills (FET), Hugh Barton (FET), Selena Gray (HLS) and Judy Orme (HLS) have been awarded funding for the ‘Measuring the impact: a review of the effectiveness of health appraisals in influencing development projects’.

Other successful projects were:

  • Helen Featherstone (HLS), Alan Winfield (HLS), Enda Hayes (FET) and Myra Conway (HLS) have been awarded funding for a project on ‘Development of an exploratory project piloting and evaluating the use of BodyTrack technology in a UK context’
  • Candy McCabe (HLS), Mark Palmer (FET) and Ailie Turton (HLS) have been awarded funding for a project on the ‘Development of an electrical sensory discrimination therapies device (ESDT) for the relief of chronic pain in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome’.

UWE team to organise session on Planning for Health at the Planning Research Conference 2011 in Birmingham - 3 March 2011

Danni Sinnett (Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments), Marcus Grant and Sarah Burgess (WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Cities and Urban Policy) have been successful in their bid to organise a session at the UK/Ireland Planning Research Conference: Planning resilient communities in challenging times.

Danni Sinnett (Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments), Marcus Grant and Sarah Burgess (WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Cities and Urban Policy) have been successful in their bid to organise a session at the UK/Ireland Planning Research Conference: Planning resilient communities in challenging times.

Their session ‘Planning for Health: at the forefront of interdisciplinary research’ will focus on the research challenges arising from the integration of health into planning. This session will be truly interdisciplinary, seeking to attract speakers and participants from the planning community working in collaboration with the public health sector.

The session is complimentary to a number of the conference themes including those related to mobility and transport, urban design, climate change and sustainable development. The Planning Research Conference will take place in Birmingham on 12 to 14th September 2011.
For further information please see the conference website (http://www.curs.bham.ac.uk/planning-research-conference-2011/index.shtml) or contact Danni Sinnett (danielle.sinnett@uwe.ac.uk).

UWE team wins contract with Living Streets to make the case for investment in the walking environment - 3 March 2011

A team, led by Dr Danni Sinnett, has recently been awarded a contract to conduct a literature review for the charity Living Streets on ‘Making the case for investment in the walking environment’.

A team, led by Dr Danni Sinnett, has recently been awarded a contract to conduct a literature review for the charity Living Streets on ‘Making the case for investment in the walking environment’.

This is a collaborative project between three research centres in the Department of Planning and Architecture: Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments, Centre for Transport and Society and WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Cities and Urban Policy as well as an external consultant Cavill Associates.

The review will set out the evidence for the impact of interventions in the walking environment on walking levels, physical and mental health, social interaction, satisfaction with the local environment and quality of life. The review will be conducted by Danni Sinnett and Kiron Chatterjee with input from Caroline Bird, Katie Williams, Hugh Barton and Nick Cavill.
For further information on this project please contact Danni Sinnett (danielle.sinnett@uwe.ac.uk).

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