Ramses: European Climate Adapatation Conference 2015

14 October 2014

The three major European climate adaptation research projects RAMSES, BASE and TopDad are organising the ECCA Conference 2015 on the 12 – 14 May 2015 Copenhagen, Denmark. The aim of the conference and its activities is to share new research results, novel policy developments, and practical implementation experiences regarding climate change impacts and adaptation, as well as highlighting opportunities for business innovations aimed at supporting the transition to low-carbon societies. ECCA invites you to submit proposals for Sessions or Workshops & Other activities by 15 October 2014 here.

Suzanne Hall awarded ESRC Future Research Leaders grant

2 October 2014

Suzanne Hall, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Research Fellow at LSE Cities, has been awarded an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant (Ref: ES/L009560/1) for a comparative project on ‘Super-diverse Streets: Economies and spaces of urban migration in UK Cities’. The project is a multidisciplinary exploration of the spatial infrastructures, economic practices and forms of civil organisation on selected ethnically-diverse streets in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leicester and Bradford. The project will engage with questions of migration and societal reconfiguration through a detailed analysis of each street, and aims to provide a broader perspective of the role of migrants in making urban space.

The Future Research Leaders scheme enables outstanding early-career social scientists, in partnership with their host organisation, to acquire the skills set to become future world leaders in their field. It is open to high-quality candidates from anywhere in the world with a maximum of four years postdoctoral experience and the support of an eligible UK research organisation.  This year 40 awards were made nationally across a range of economic and social science disciplines, of which three were made to the London School of Economics and Political Science.

LSE Cities’ Configuring Light launches new project website for ‘Urban Lightscapes/Social Nightscapes‘

30 September 2014

Urban Lightscapes/Social Nightscapes is a LSE HEIF5-funded project which encompasses a five-day workshop and symposium around social research in lighting design for lighting designers, architects and planners. It will take place on Peabody’s Whitecross estate on 13-17 October 2014 culminating in a symposium at the London School of Economics and Political Science. It is organised by the LSE Cities‘ Configuring Light research programme in collaboration with the Social Light Movement and with technical sponsorship from iGuzzini. Visit the website here: http://socialnightscapes.org/

Five cities selected as winners in Bloomberg Philanthropies 2014 Mayors Challenge

17 September 2014

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ 2014 Mayors Challenge has selected its five winning cities.

The Mayors Challenge is an ideas competition that encourages cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life and that have the potential to spread to other cities.

The grand prize of €5m was won by Barcelona. The city aims to create a digital and community ‘Trust Network’ for each of its at-risk elderly residents.

Four other cities have also been awarded funds for innovative solutions to pressing urban challenges – Athens, Greece; Kirklees in Yorkshire, UK; Stockholm, Sweden; and Warsaw, Poland.

LSE Cities’ Director Ricky Burdett was a jury member on the competition, and LSE Cities carried out evaluations of the submissions.

You can read the full announcement on the Bloomberg website.