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Upcoming GCSC Events
14th May 2014
Room 517 Wates House22 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0QB
There has been considerable work on the production of coffee but there has been much less attention paid to the experience of consuming coffee. This symposium will bring together scholars working on different aspects of consuming coffee from the disciplines of English, Life Writing, Anthropology, Sociology, Planning and Scandinavian Studies.
The aim of the symposium is to trace threads of analysis and understanding across the experience of consuming coffee from different perspectives.
|10.00 – 10.30||Registration|
|10.30 – 10.40||
Professor Yvonne Rydin, UCL
|10.40 – 12.10||Coffee Experiences||
Professor Max Saunder, KCL – ‘A Modernist Coffee Tale’
Dr. George Myerson, KCL – ‘Good Coffee, So Hot!’
Ming Ting Cai, UCL – ‘Street Coffee in Hanoi’
|12.10 – 12.45||Discussion|
|12.45 – 1.30||Lunch|
|1.30 – 2.30||Coffee places||
Professor Markman Ellis. Queen Mary – 'The Eighteenth-Century Coffee House'
Dr. Suzanne Hall – ‘The Cafe in Ordinary Streets’
|2.30 – 3.15||Discussion|
|3.15 – 3.45||Refreshments|
|3.45 – 4.45||Coffee Politics||
Dr. Mary Hilson – ‘Co-operative Coffee: The Nordic countries and the international coffee market in the inter-war period’
Professor Yvonne Rydin – ‘Sustainability and the North London Café’
|4.45 – 5.30||Discussion|
|5.30||Close and Wine Reception|
UCL Grand Challenges Summer School
This June the UCL Grand Challenges is running a cross-disciplainary research summer school. Applications are invited from all research students at UCL,
- any course: MPhil/PhD/ EngD/MD(Res)
- any stage: pre or post upgrade
We seek to provide an experience for research students at UCL that enables them to understand and discuss the Grand Challenges philosophy and also develop practical skills in preparing research proposals that necessitate and combine expertise from different disciplines.
Applicants are encouraged to consult the UCL Research Strategy before applying which is available here.
- Further details and online application
- Deadline extended - Apply by 28 March 2014
Event series and prize workshop - coming soon
Panel Discussion Series
In May 2014 UCL's Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities will be running a series of events focusing on retrofit. Succesful retrofit depends on a number of factors, including available technology, current policy, making a business case and understanding human behaviour.
Join us for three panel discussions which will explore these issues in relation to three different drivers for retrofit: the environment, health, and heritage.
A prize workshop will be held in June 2014. The participants in the workshop will prepare proposals for cross-disciplinary retrofit research.
Human Evolution and the 21st Century Town
Friday 21st February 2014
UCL Institute of Archaeology
The town is not our natural habitat. For most of the last three million years, we evolved as hunter-gatherers, living off the land in small kin-groups and tribal societies, developing a working relationship with nature. Culturally, we are still adapting to urbanized living: our technologies, towns, economies and societies have developed at a remarkable speed. Anatomically, however, we have not evolved at the same electric pace: genetically, we remain much as we were before towns developed, or even before large-scale farming was adopted 5,000-10,000 years ago.
Today’s cities accommodate a global population of some 3.4 billion: there is therefore a profound dichotomy between the world we currently live in, and the one we were genetically, metabolically, physiologically and psychologically designed for. We can’t uninvent towns, nor do we wish to, but city life is, superficially, the very antithesis of the hunter-gatherers’ world.
There is a possible solution, however. It lies in the adoption of proxy behaviours, environments and townscapes that mimic elements of the nutrition, daily activity, social interaction and engagement with the environment that best fit the evolutionary demands of our minds and bodies. Through applied studies, such proxy behaviours could be brought together to form a coherent protocol applied to 21st-century townscapes and urban life-styles. We call this approach the Eden Protocol, a short-hand term for the Evolutionary Determinants of health, social interaction and urban wellbeing. By facilitating the associated behavourial changes, urban wellbeing and social cohesion might be quantifiably improved, and National Health Service costs diminished. The better our urban and societal surroundings simulate our “natural habitat”, and the better our behaviours match our biology, the healthier we urban creatures will be.
Please note: There is no charge for delegates, but places are limited and so pre-booking is essential.
- View the conference programme
- Visit the eventbrite page for more details and to book a place
- The urban paradox event is supported by a Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing Small Grant
- Find out more about the Evolutionary Determinants of Health programme
Throughout 2014 the Development Planning Unit (DPU) will be celebrating 60 years of education, training, research, consultancy and knowledge sharing. The DPU’s focus is on urban development and planning in what is now often referred to as ‘the global south’.
Open lectures covering a wide range of ideas in architecture, design, technology, history and theory. Link…
Lectures, seminars and workshops on topics in the news within London planning. Link…
Weekly seminars in which UCL CASA PhD students, research fellows, honorary staff and visitors present their latest work. Link…
Bite-sized opportunities to sample the exceptional research work taking place at UCL. Link…
Previous GCSC events
Imagining the Future City: London 2062
A book based on the London 2062 work, edited by Sarah Bell and James Paskins, will be published in November 2013. You are cordially join the discussion about London's future on Monday the 18th of November as we launch Imagining the Future City: London 2062.
6pm, 18th November
G04 Chadwick Building, UCL
- UCL’s Grand Challenges—Prof. David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research)
- Imagining the Future City—Dr Sarah Bell, Co-editor
- Future of London—Jennifer Johnson, Programme and Research Lead-Future of London
Governing London in 2062: The City of Any Dreams?–Prof. Mike Raco, Chair of Urban and Regional Governance, Bartlett School of Planning
Gazing into the Crystal Football–Dr George Myerson, Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Life Writing Research, King’s College London & Prof. Yvonne Rydin, Chair of Planning Environment and Public Policy, The Bartlett School of Planning
- Networking with refreshments
- Copies of book for sale
Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities
from GCSC & Institute for Sustainable Resources
9.00 5th November to 12.00 6th November 2013
Cities or, more broadly, urban areas - densely packed, complex, built systems - are home to over half the of world’s population. With this trend of increasing urbanisation worldwide, urban sustainability has been identified as a key area of societal relevance, an area in which a solid research base can inform policy and practice.
The Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities (GCSC) exists to initiate and support cross-disciplinary research into urban sustainability. Sustainability in the urban context is inextricably linked to resource flows. Among the minimum requirements for a city’s population are housing, food, safe water, waste disposal, and energy for heating and cooling.
Cities must draw on global resource networks to provide the raw materials to build new infrastructure, maintain current systems and retrofit existing buildings. Cities also generally rely on a ‘hinterland’ to supply the energy, food, water and other resources they require. Sustainable cities rely on the sustainable provision and use of resources, and this reliance provides a clear link between GCSC and the work of the Institute for Sustainable Resources.
The symposium specifically looked to address the challenges around provision of resources for growing urban populations, with regard to the physical built environment, infrastructure, transport and water. It aimed to address the question of how cities can continue to meet their present needs without compromising the future of the city, the region or the planet.
In addition to the symposium itself, a number of activities were funded to further research into sustainable cities across UCL. Details of these activities and outputs fro the symposium can be found below:
- Read more about the Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities Catalyst Grants
- Read more about the Sustainable Building Products Research Grant
- Read more about the project to map cross disciplinary research interests in cities & resources at UCL Complementing this critical engagement with urban forms and resource use is a short film on sewage. Three UCL academics discuss their take on London’s drainage, exposing the contested history and alternative futures of London’s Victorian infrastructure. View Charlotte's video.
- Download the conference proceeding for details of the programme, speakers, abstracts along with details of the research and catalyst grant projects.
- See videos from all the talks, on the UCL ISR YouTube Channel
- Sustainable Cities Symposium shows the need for cross-disciplinary research - student blog
- Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities Executive Summary by Louise Guibrunet
- Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities – What goes in, must come out - Film Competition- Mike Fell - the winner of the Judges award of the short film competition for Secret Signal- Maria Ossul Vermehren - the winner of the People's award of the short film competition for Squatter Settlement
- Download Closing the Gap: Aligning Strategies Towards Sustainable Resources Use from the inaugural symposium.
The notion of the ‘urban global south’ looms large in contemporary debates about urbanisation, development and globalisation. UCL's Development Planning Unit (DPU) is critically reflecting on this dominant theme. It convened a panel discussion at the 2013 Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference in London and commissioning a video featuring the DPU in conversation with key actors in the debate.
Thinking across boundaries considers three main questions:
- Why call it the urban global south?
- What kind of practice does it require?
- What kind of theory is required for the urban global south?
UCL Transport Institute Town Meeting
4.30–6.00 p.m. Monday, 20 May 2013
Roberts G06 Sir Ambrose Fleming LT
A town hall meeting was held on Monday 20 May to discuss plans for UCLTI (UCL Transport Institute). The event featured talks from a range of speakers, including:
- Dr Nicola Christie Director, UCL Centre for Transport Studies (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering)
- Professor Peter Jones Chair of Transport and Sustainable Development (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering)
- Professor Alan Penn Dean of The Bartlett, UCL Faculty of the Built Environment
- Deirdre O'Reilly Head of Social and Evaluation Research Department for Transport
- Andreas Markides Chair of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation's Learned Society & Technical Board
- Dr Louise Atkins UCL Psychology
- Dr Jenny Mindell UCL Epidemiology and Public Health
The town meeting was followed by a networking reception.
GCSC is working with Dr Nicola Christie to create a pan-UCL Transport Institute.
Find out how the UCLTI plans to harness expertise across UCL and show how our research addresses safety, culture, health, wellbeing, accessibility, economic growth, and security.
- Provide a centrally located transport hub to coordinate transport-related research across UCL’s ten faculties
- Develop a new web portal which will act as a platform to create collaborative research bids
- Create a community of interest by developing a public engagement programme of seven seminars themed on research related to the values of transport entitled ‘Mind the gap’—translating research into practice
- Use EPSRC Impact Acceleration funding to disseminate and promote the policy relevance of our research for practitioners, public and policy makers via briefing notes and published papers to be made available via the UCLTI web portal
- Develop a new MSc in Transport, Health and Policy
- Develop income generating CPD and consultancy activities
- Hold a number of interdisciplinary research bid ‘sandpits’ based on key challenges
Launch of Urban Pamphleteer
6.30 pm Friday, 26th April
Join Ben Campkin, Rebecca Ross and Guglielmo Rossi for the launch of Urban Pamphleteer issue #1, ‘Future & Smart Cities’. Each illustrated pamphlet in this series collates and presents expert voices, across disciplines, professions, and community groups, around one pressing contemporary urban challenge. The intention is to confront key contemporary urban questions from diverse perspectives, in a direct and accessible tone, drawing on the history of radical pamphleteering.
Small Grants Showcase and Reception
28th – 30th January 2013
The Grand Challenges held a showcase in the South Cloisters between the
28th and the 30th of January 2013. The event featured posters from the
interdisciplinary collaborations that have been made possible with Small
Festival of Chinese Film and the Body
In the lead up to Chinese New Year 2013, the UCL China Centre for Health and Humanity will be showing four recent Chinese films.
These will be related to the UCL Grand Challenges themes:
Global Health, Intercultural Interaction, Sustainable Cities and Human Wellbeing.
This event is curated by Patrizia Liberati, PhD candidate at Peking University.
The screenings will be presented by three film specialists: in Chinese film, the history of medicine in film, and film and intercultural interaction respectively.
They will also feature a Q&A session with some of the directors in China.
Admission is open and free of charge to all members of UCL and registered Friends of UCL CCHH.
The full programme is on the Festival webpage.
The Festival forms part of the new CCHH course Chinese Film and the Body.
Tuesday 15th January 2013
Executive Suite, Front Engineering Building, University College London
19 March 2012
London’s demand for energy resources comes from three primary activities: heating buildings, transport and electricity. London has always imported most of its energy as coal, gas, oil and electricity. Renewing London’s energy infrastructure will be vital for maintaining our position as a ‘world city’ over the next 50 years as the centres of global economic activity shift eastwards. This event brought together sector specialists to debate the technological and policy challenges facing practitioners in the coming years to ensure that London has a forward looking energy strategy, that is resilient to major global shifts. Chair: Andy Deacon, Head of Local Delivery, Energy Saving Trust
- Prof. Paul Ekins, Professor of Energy and Environment Policy, UCL Energy Institute
- Peter North, Senior Manager – Programme Delivery (Sustainable Energy), GLA
- Prof. Bob Lowe, Professor of Energy and Building Science, UCL Energy Institute
- Bob Fiddik, Team Leader - Sustainable Development & Energy, LB Croydon
4 April 2012
Executive Suite, Front Engineering Building, University College London
Chair: Will McKee (Chair, Mayoral Outer London Boundary Commission)
- Dr Ben Campkin (UCL Urban Lab and UCL Bartlett School of Architecture)
- Sofie Pelsmakers (UCL Energy Institute)
- David Lunts (Interim Executive Director for Housing, GLA)
- David Baptiste (Head of Housing Supply, LB Ealing)
The future continued growth of London will expose sharper housing differentials in the decades ahead. In 2031, London’s population is expected to be 10.1 million inhabitants which implies a need for about 1.6 million new houses and 1.5 million replacement houses. Numbers and space requirements are but two of the issues here; there will also be new demands and pressures caused by accessibility and the liveability of individual places. This event will bring together leading academics and practitioners to debate how we overcome the immediate financial and delivery challenges facing the housing sector to meet these larger long term challenges for London.
20th April 2012
Executive Suite, Front Engineering Building, University College London
- Mark Kleinman, Assistant Director for Economic and Business Policy, GLA
- Michael Edwards, The Bartlett School of Planning, UCL
- Jurgen Essletzbichler, Geography, UCL
- David Fell, Director Brook Lyndhurst
London’s position as a centre of global trade and finance is at once a source of resilience and vulnerability. London’s economy has shown itself to be diverse enough to absorb major shocks so far, but the future of the financial sector is highly significant to the future of London. The future of London’s finance sector depends on the recovery of the global economy and the development of the Asian economies, which may increasingly attract financial as well as manufacturing industries. Past investments in infrastructure and human capital provide a strong foundation for maintaining a position of global strength, though by no means secure it. This event will explore the key actions that need to be undertaken to maintain, grow and diversify London’s economic strength in the years ahead.
23rd April 2012
Executive Suite, Front Engineering Building, University College London
Chair: Brian Collins (Chair of Engineering Policy, UCL Faculty of Engineering Science)
- Prof. Sir Peter Hall, UCL Bartlett School of Planning
- Dr Robin Hickman, UCL Bartlett School of Planning
- Richard Di Cani, Director of Transport Strategy and Planning, Transport for London
- Ian Lindsay, Director of Land and Property, Crossrail Ltdg
Alongside increases in population size and economic activity, demand has risen for all modes of transport across London. Congestion currently occurs on the radial routes into the city, on the orbital routes around the city, and at key points where long distance and short distance commuting traffic intersect in outer London. Air traffic and the use of London’s five airports have also increased. In 2003, the Department for Transport reported that air traffic had increased six fold between 1970 and 2002, to some 200 million passengers per annum. By 2020, the figures are projected to double again. This event will explore the range of potential, modal, technological, and policy responses to these trends to ensure that London develops a sustainable transport system in the years ahead.
2.30, 30 May 2012
Shaping Cities for Heath: Complexity and the Planning of Urban Environments in the 21st Century
Lancet and UCL Commission
Denys Holland Lecture Theatre, UCL Faculty of Laws
6.30–9.00pm 11 September 2012
UCL Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1
Extra pressure on London's transport systems during the Olympics is forcing both the public and private sectors to try innovative ways to spread demand and use the road and rail networks more efficiently, from new delivery patterns to greater use of the web and twitter. This event will look at some of the successful innovations which ensured that the goods were delivered and that people got around during the Olympics, and that can be built upon to improve ways in which transport is delivered in London in the future.
Chaired by Prof Peter Jones (UCL Transport & Sustainable Development)
Presentations and Panel discussion:
- Dr Andy Chow, (Lecturer in Transport Studies, UCL Centre for Transport Studies)
- Dr Jon Reades, Research Associate, UCL Centre for Advanced Spacial Analysis
- Michele Dix (Managing Director, Planning, Transport for London)
- Natalie Chapman, (Head of Policy, Freight Transport Association @Natalie_FTA)
Followed by a drinks reception in the UCL South Cloisters
6.30-9.00pm 13 September 2012
UCL Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1
What will London be like 50 years after the Olympics? The London 2062 project has asked UCL academics, students and partners from other organisations to look at the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. This event is the public culmination of a series of workshops and symposia addressing different aspects of the future of London (organised by Dr Sarah Bell @sarahjaynebell and Prof. Mark Tewdwr-Jones @profmarktj).
- Dr Ben Campkin (Director, UCL Urban Laboratory,@BenCampkin)
- Prof Janice Morphet, (UCL Bartlett School of Planning, @janicemorphet)
- Ben Harrison, (Director, Future of London,@BenCities)
13-14 September 2012
(Dis)Comforts of Home was a two-day symposium held at UCL that explored how comparative cultural perspectives on the concepts of ‘home’ and ‘comfort’ can help us understand, learn from, and influence the behaviour that drives domestic energy consumption.
Contributors to the symposium included:
- The School of European Languages
- Culture and Society
- The School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)
- Science and Technology Studies
- The UCL Energy Institute
- The London Consortium
As well as paper presentations there will be two documentary screenings with panel discussions.
Evolving a ZEDquarter with examples from the ZEDfactory
20th January 2011
Beddington Zero Energy Development is the UK’s largest mixed use sustainable community. It was designed to create a thriving community in which ordinary people could enjoy a high quality of life, while living within their fair share of the Earth’s resources.
BedZED was designed by ZEDfactory, and developed by the Peabody Trust. It was completed and occupied in 2002. The community comprises 50% housing for sale, 25% key worker shared ownership and 25% social housing for rent.
Prior to forming ZEDfactory, Bill was an associate architect for Michael Hopkins and Partners working on the award winning Nottingham University Campus. He also developed the environmental strategy and façade design for Portcullis House, this followed 4 years of research collaborating with the leading environmental consultants in Europe, including Arups, CSTB Nantes, Christian Bartenbach and Conphoebus.
Bill has also taught at
Association and Kingston University and regularly speaks at a range of
seminars and conferences all over the world.
In 1995 Bill built his own house, Hope House which is a prototype low energy live/work unit in which he and his family now live.
4th May 2011
After the success of the first UCL-Lancet Commission on the Health Effects of Climate Change, UCL and The Lancet are collaborating again on a second report, this time on Healthy Cities under the banner of the UCL Grand Challenge on Sustainable Cities.
The project has involved a number of academics from a variety of disciplines coming together to deliver a report. The first section of the report has a historical and conceptual focus and the second half deals with a number of built environment interventions and their impact on health. The report includes a number of case studies of various cities across the world and concludes with a set of recommendations for policy.
A symposium was held on 4th May 2011 at which key arguments were presented from the project and valuable feedback gained prior to formal submission of the report to The Lancet in June 2011.
Held on 22nd March 2011
In spite of growing recognition of the role
of CO2 for global warming, CO2 emissions from fossil fuel burning have
accelerated in the past 10 years.
The Global Carbon Project seeks to provide latest figures on the emissions and sinks of CO2, and to anticipate the trends for the coming years.
Economic drivers and the shift towards coal as a fuel source are key to the recent growth in CO2 emissions, but the first signs of impacts from regional and international policies to limit CO2 emissions are beginning to appear.
The presentation below reviews the efforts to provide latest information on the emissions and sinks of CO2 by the scientific community through the Global Carbon Project.
Click here to download the presentation slides.
A One Day Discussion Forum
Thursday, 5th May 2011
What should the long-term priorities in the intertwined fields of planning and heritage be? Should we first put in place low carbon futures, to achieve that dimension of sustainable living? Are more immediate social or economic goals higher up the list? Or should we maintain or move to a situation where heritage value, however defined, tends to trump either of these goals?
Are there simply planning and heritage “corners” to be fought, or can an overarching value position be constructed?
This dilemma is becoming sharper. The reason is climate change. Major infrastructure schemes have been proposed to try to secure more sustainable futures in Britain. Recent examples include the Severn Barrage, the High Speed 2 rail route from London to the North, and large wind farms on and offshore. All would cause significant damage to historic sites, if constructed. At the same time there are, or will be, thousands of small proposals, from putting solar panels on Tudor farmhouses to heat storage facilities dug into urban back gardens. How do we decide on the balance of energy sustainability vs. heritage protection, viewed from our respective professional positions? The politics of lobbying and democratic politics hold major sway here. National Policy Statements, for example, are being drawn up in the energy and transport fields, which will frame the largest project decisions; meanwhile, the government’s new localism agenda is set to create a seismic shift in the planning regime. But professionals and communities alike need to form views on the basis of coherent arguments.
Planners and those in heritage professions (including archaeologists, historic buildings and conservation specialists) come at this set of questions from different angles. This one day workshop aims to bring some practitioners from each “side” together to debate the issues, and reach initial conclusions – or start a process to that end.
- Dr Joe Flatman, Senior Lecturer, UCL Institute of Archaeology, London
- Dr Tim Marshall, Reader, Department of Planning, Oxford Brookes University
- Professor Yvonne Rydin, Director, UCL Environment Institute, London
To view the programme please click here.
Click on the links below to view the presentation slides:
Planet U(CL): Embedding Sustainability in Universities
Lessons and Guidelines Drawn for Other Divided Cities
Urban Water Poverty – workshop
UCL Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities: Launch
The Age of Stupid – screening and panel discussion
Invisible – screening and panel discussion
Growing a New Piece of City: Designing a legacy for 21st-century London – panel discussion
Just Enough: Sufficiency and the cultural imagination – one-day symposium
UCL Energy Institute Launch
Climate Change: The biggest global-health threat of the 21st century
The UCL–Lancet Commission on Managing the Health Effects of Climate Change
City Visions – UCL Urban Laboratory Launch
Disaster Risk Reduction for Natural Hazards: Putting Research into Practice – Disaster risk reduction conference held in November 2009
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