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May 2012

GCSC May Newsletter
UCL GCSC Monthly Newsletter
May 2012
Welcome
Welcome to the first issue of the new look GCSC newsletter. In future you can expect monthly updates covering GCSC events, funding opportunities and outputs from our activities.
Small Grants
Since last year the Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities has awarded six small grants. The funding covers activities that bring together interdisciplinary groups at UCL to address sustainability issues. The current awards cover a wide range of topics addressing the Olympics, ephemeral objects, planning in Johannesburg, communities in Gaza, water reuse and Loos.
The small grants programme will run again for the academic year 2012/13.
Grand Challenges Student Fund
Grants of up to £750 are available for students with bright ideas for tackling the world’s big issues.
If you have a project idea in any of the Grand Challenge areas – and if your ideas connect with an area of UCL’s research expertise – then the UCLU Volunteering Services Unit (VSU) would like to hear from you.

Students should read the guidance notes and then complete the application form and email to John Braime at the VSU at j.braime@ucl.ac.uk.
London 2062 Presentations
Presentations from the London 2062 symposium series are available for download.
The London 2062 Symposium Series ran in March and April this year. The series was organised by UCL and Future of London (FoL), it brought together a range of leading academics and practitioners to debate the actions that would be required to ensure the delivery of a sustainable future for the capital.
Group discussion during the London 2062 symposium on the Future of London's Economy
Upcoming Events
May 17
Sustainability: Concepts, Culture and Practices
Archaeology G06, 2-5pm

This joint event from the UCL Environment Institute and the Urban Laboratory aims to bring together staff working on sustainability issues from any discipline at UCL.

The organisers are  keen to include those whose work has an anthropological, sociological,  ethnographic, historical or cultural focus.


Speakers include:
Dr Sam Randalls, Professor CJ Lim and Dr Jerome Lewis.
May 21
May 30
Shaping Cities for Health: Complexity and the planning of urban environments in the 21st century
Report of the UCL–Lancet Commission on Healthy Cities

The UCL–Lancet Commission of Healthy Cities draws on almost 30 years experience from the Healthy Cities movement. The features that transform a 'city' into a 'healthy city' are increasingly evident. What is less well understood is how to deliver the potential health benefits and how to ensure that they reach all citizens in urban contexts across the world.

The report provides an analysis of how health outcomes are part of the complexity of urban processes, arguing against the assumption that urban health outcomes will improve with economic growth and demographic change.
June 13
Beyond Social Exclusion:
Emerging Logics of Expulsion

4.30–6.00pm Anatomy G29 J Z Young LT

The last two decades has seen a sharp growth in the number of people “expelled” from their homes, villages, life projects, and support systems; they include the displaced, the abjectly poor, workers destroyed by their jobs, as well as surplus populations housed in ghettos and slums. Their numbers are far larger than the new middle classes of India and China. Professor Saskia Sassen argues that this may be symptomatic of a systemic transformation taking us into a new phase of global capitalism.
External Funding Opportunities

Please see below two open calls from ESPRC and NERC which may be of interest.


The UCL Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities
Office of the Vice-Provost (Research)
Taviton Street
London
WC1H 0BT
e: sustainable-cities@ucl.ac.uk


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