STUDY PROG MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies. London School of Economics, London, UK.

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The MSc Regional & Urban Planning Studies is a strongly focused and internationally based planning programme that has a long tradition in training both people seeking careers in urban and regional planning policy and mid-career professionals.  Founded in 1966 by the departments of Economics, Geography and Government, the programme (now housed solely in the department of Geography & Environment) continues a strong interdisciplinary focus challenging students to understand cities and regions from an economic, social and environmental perspective. The MSc aims to provide a common understanding of the various influences affecting the planning process, and to teach a set of research skills that will help planners in practice. These skills include urban and regional economic analysis, the evaluation of environmental and regional policies and the study of institutional and political factors that impact city and regional development. These perspectives will be applied to London and to a wide range of countries and cities through lectures and seminar debate.

Students join the course from many countries and from many different backgrounds in the social sciences and the design, planning and property professions. Most graduates go on to work in city, regional or environmental planning, particularly on the research and consultancy side of practice.

A strong sense of identity is generated in the student body, and the alumni keep in regular contact with each other through an annual newsletter. A number of walks are conducted early in the first term to help students orient to London and a fieldtrip is held during the Easter vacation, the destination is chosen by the students. This is held in various British regions or cities or on continental Europe. Recent student cohorts have chosen Istanbul, Berlin, Moscow, Dublin and Amsterdam. The students also run a Planning Society, which organises speakers, shorter trips and social events.

Conference, CfP Within th Limits of Scarcity: Rethinking Space, City and Practices. University of Westminster, London. 27.2.-1.3.2013. Deadline: 1.11.2012

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Rethinking Space, City and Practices

27th February – 1st March 2013
University of Westminster, London

submissions of abstracts until 1st November 2012 to:
Notification of acceptance: 21st of November 2012
Paper submission: 15th January 2013

CfP (pdf)

Scarcity is often considered as a fundamental condition of human societies. On the one hand, the state of not having enough has been at the bottom of a variety of strategies and techniques to overcome it; on the other, it has served as an explanatory argument for social order, for distribution or for conflict.

Scarcity has accompanied the becoming of the urban condition. Repeatedly, (im-)material shortage has been at the core of the city’s struggles. More recently, global economic uncertainty, widespread urban inequality and pressing environmental questions in both North and South, are posing acute challenges to all involved in producing the built environment. Within this scenario, different actors, from architects and other built environment professionals to local authorities and community based organisations, will be increasingly pressured to deploy strategies to work within or against the limits of scarcity.
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ONLINE, MEDIA Comments on the Olympics in London and their impact on communities

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Vice Magazine’s ‘Guide to the Olympics,’ a 30-minute documentary (in four parts, starting here: ), offers, among other more sensationalist bits, interviews with residents of Carpenter’s Estate in the Borough of Newham, living on the ‘doorstep’ of the Games. The documentary also features author Iain Sinclair ( ), who argues that the Olympics represent ‘degeneration rather than regeneration’ for communities in East London [see also: ].

Laura Falender
H-Urban List Editor
PhD fellow in History
University of Oslo

CONF UCL Urban Laboratory Cities Methodologies 2012. London, UK. 4.-7.7.2012


UCL Slade Research Centre
Woburn Square, London

4-7 July, 2012

Inaugurated in 2009, Cities Methodologies is an initiative to showcase innovative methods of urban research from across UCL and the wider urban research community. Through peer-reviewed exhibits and events, it draws together undergraduate, masters, and doctoral research, alongside work produced by academics and other researchers and practitioners. Cities Methodologies promotes cross- and inter-disciplinary work and this year showcases recent research on a wide range of cities including Detroit, Paris, London, Johannesburg, Mumbai and Beirut.

This year, through a public call for participants, we particularly welcomed proposals on:

  • Collaborative/public methods for urban research;
  • Mega events and urban change;
  • Housing and dishousing.

Visitors to Cities Methodologies will encounter diverse methods of urban research in juxtaposition – from archival studies to digital media experiments, practice-led art, architectural and design work to film-making, soundscapes, games and public sculpture.

All events are free and open to the public. For full programme of events and exhibitors please click here

Laura Hirst
Urban Laboratory Administrator

CONF Research Conference: Mega-Events, Regional Development and Regeneration Regional Studies Association Research Network on Mega-Events Workshop Mega-Event Evaluation and Measuring Impacts. LMU, London, UK. 25.6.2012

Research Conference: Mega-Events, Regional Development and Regeneration
Regional Studies Association Research Network on Mega-Events
Workshop Mega-Event Evaluation and Measuring Impacts

25 June 2012 10 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

London Metropolitan University Graduate Centre, Holloway Road, London N7 8DB
[nearest tube station: Holloway Road, Piccadilly line, or Highbury & Islington, Victoria line]

Regional Studies Mega-Events Panel:
Chair: Prof Graeme Evans, Brunel/Maastricht; Dr Bas van Heur, VUB, Cosmopolis Brussels;
Dr Lauren Andres, CURS Birmingham; and Prof Greg Richards, Tilburg University/ATLAS

Prof Graeme Evans, Regional Studies Network and Prof Greg Richards, ATLAS – Introductions
Dr Andrew Smith, Westminster University – Events and Urban Regeneration
Roger Taylor, CEO – London2012 Host Boroughs Unit
Prof Paul Brickell, Director of Regeneration – Olympic Park Legacy Company
Nicole Ferdinand, LondonMet, “Not entrepreneurial enough?”- The cultural entrepreneurs behind the Notting Hill Carnival
Dr Carol Scott (London & Sydney) – Cultural Olympiad Evaluation & Legacy

Enquiries and to book a place:

CfP: Going Underground: Travel Beneath the Metropolis 1863-2013. London, UK. 17.-18.1.2013. Deadline: 13.7.2012

Going Underground: Travel Beneath the Metropolis 1863-2013
A Conference to Mark the 150th Anniversary of the London Underground
17-18 January 2013

Deadline for abstracts: 13 July 2012

10 January 2013 will mark the 150th Anniversary of the public opening of the Metropolitan Railway in London. It was the world’s first urban rapid transport system to run partly in subterranean sections. As the precursor of today’s London Underground, it was not only a pioneer of technological and engineering advances, but also instigated new spatial, political, cultural and social realms that are now considered to be synonymous with London and modern urban experiences across the globe.

The Centre for Metropolitan History, Institute of Historical Research, is marking the anniversary by organising a two-day conference dedicated to the history and use of the London Underground. Taking the construction and opening of the Metropolitan Railway as a departure point, this conference seeks to explore the past, present and future of the London Underground from a variety of perspectives that investigate its histories, geographies, cultures, politics and social characteristics.
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SEMINAR Urban photography summer school 2012 Goldsmiths, University of London. Deadline: June 3rd 2012

Urban photography summer school 2012
Goldsmiths, University of London

Designed for photographers, artists and urbanists whose work addresses notions of urban space and culture the international Summer School provides a highly intensive two week practical and theoretical training in key aspects of urban visual practice. The course aims to offer participants a wide range of relevant skills resulting in the production of a photography portfolio drawn from London’s urban environments combined with a collective final exhibition.

The programme has been developed in collaboration with Urban Encounters and the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR). The course will be taught by tutors from Goldsmith’s Sociology Department and the international MA in Photography and Urban Cultures. The programme draws on the advanced theoretical, research and practical image-making specialisms of key practitioners in the field. Summer School tutors include: Paul Halliday (MA in Photography and Urban Cultures Convener), Beatriz Véliz Argueta (Coordinator/Goldsmiths), Les Back (Goldsmiths), Caroline Knowles (CUCR Director), Mandy Lee Jandrell (Goldsmiths), Peter Coles (Oxford/ Goldsmiths), Alex Rhys-Taylor (Goldsmiths), Manuel Vazquez (Goldsmiths), Michael Wayne Plant (Goldsmiths), Laura Cuch (Goldsmiths) and Jasmine Cheng (Goldsmiths).

The programme will explore how the practice of urban image making informs the development of a reflexive and critical research perspective and will include assignments and guided fieldtrips focusing on (1) urban landscape, (2) street photography and (3) material objects.

Application deadline: June 3rd, 2011
For more information:

Jerome Krase, Ph.D.
Emeritus and Murray Koppelman Professor
Brooklyn College
The City University of New York

CfP Korea’s Place in the World: Now and Twenty Years Hence, Workshop. London. Deadline: 01.09.12

Korea’s Place in the World: Now and Twenty Years Hence



What is the future for the Korean peninsula, north and south, in the world of 2032? What are some major drivers of change that will create the Korea of 2032? What are possible scenarios for urbanisation and Korean cities? How will an immersive digital environment affect Korean culture and economy? What will the grey shift mean for Korean society and infrastructure in 2032?

The British Association for Korean Studies will hold a Workshop at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, on 17 November 2012 on the topic of ‘Korea’s Place in the World: Now and Twenty Years Hence’. We invite paper presenters to turn their

expertise to the future, particularly in the fields of urbanisation, demography, and the digital revolution, and consider Korea as a case study. We will favour proposals that address the impact of technology on society and social change, and papers from post-graduate students are particularly welcome. All full papers submitted will be considered for publication in the Papers of the British Association for Korean Studies, after a peer review.

Deadline for abstracts: 1 September 2012
Deadline for full papers: 1 November 2012 (for those with an intention towards publication in BAKS Papers)

Contact for Workshop:
Dr. Owen Miller
SOAS, University of London

James B. Lewis

University of Oxford

EVENT: Vertical Space: “Man on Wire” plus shorts and discussion, London, 22.02.12, 7.30pm

Roxy Bar and Screen, 128-132 Borough High St, London, SE1 1LB, entry £4
UCL Urban Laboratory and Passengerfilms present the third event in a season of screenings on urban architectures. Join us for an evening of film and conversation on ‘Vertical Space’, featuring ‘Man on Wire’ (2008), and shorts ‘City of Cranes’ (2007) and ‘Vertical Expectations’ (2011).
James Marsh’s ‘Man on Wire’ looks at tightrope walker Philippe Petit’s daring, but illegal, high-wire routine between the World Trade Center’s twin towers. We will also be showing Eva Weber’s “City of Cranes”, which takes the viewer high in the sky to look at the world through the eyes and words of crane drivers – a must-see for anyone who has ever wondered what it is like to work hundreds of feet above the ground. The second short will be Simona Piantieri’s ‘Vertical Expectations’, which explores the nexus between architecture, development and society through an ethnographic analysis of the construction of the Shard, the tallest building in the European Union, located just up the road from the Roxy Bar & Screen.
Simona Piantieri and Eva Weber will be in conversation after the film and will give a directors’ Q&A chaired by Andrew Harris, lecturer in Urban Studies and Geography at UCL. Andrew has recently researched elevated transport projects in Mumbai and is currently developing a website called Tall Tales that collects public stories about tall buildings. Peter Adey, Reader in Human Geography at RHUL and author of Aerial Life: Spaces, Mobilities, Affects (2010), and an upcoming Reaktion book titled Air, will also give a talk considering the cultural connotations of air, particularly the histories of levitation.

SEMINAR: Dialogues in Development: African perspectives on urban development planning, 21.2.12, London

Dialogues in Development: African perspectives on urban development planning.
A three part seminar series run by the Development Planning Unit, UCL.
In the next decade two-thirds of Africa’s population growth will be urban. Although Africa has the lowest proportion of continental urbanization, with about 38% of its population living in urban areas, after Asia, it is “expected to have the largest urban population growth of any region, with about 200 million urban dwellers.” (McGranahan et al, 2009). In this unique series of three dialogues, Susan Parnell addresses ways of understanding the enormous changes to cities occurring in sub-saharan African countries. Elaborating on the theoretical and ethical challenges posed by unprecedented urbanisms in Africa, and working at the interface of theory and practice in the global South, she reflects on how equipped we are to face the urban planning futures.
Part 3. Urban planning futures in dialogue. A panel discussion.
The final seminar will be a panel discussion addressing issues in African urban research and management that emerge from the previous two seminars.
Date: 21 Feb 17h30-19h00 Venue: 118 Chandler House, 2 Wakefield Street, London, WC1N 1PF
Prof Susan Parnell is visiting Leverhulme Professor at UCL. She is Professor of Geography at the University of Cape Town. She has published extensively and sits on the board of many urban studies journals. She holds many professional and advisory appointments and works at the interface of theory and practice. She is a founder member of the African Centre for Cities, UCT.