I suspect that one of the reasons that Margaret Thatcher’s death had such a profound impact is that many influential media folk are of a certain age. Middle age. I know, because I’m middle aged too. And because Margaret Thatcher’s first government coincided with our transition to adulthood, it inevitably made a deep impression on […]
Month: April 2013
BANANA NIMBYism – Planning research as stand-up comedy
Jenny Wood is a postgraduate student on the MRes Urban Studies Research programme and has started her PhD into the value of children’s engagement in the planning process. Watch how she turned her research into a fantastic comedy show at the famous The Stand Comedy Club in Edinburgh.
Is your house your pension, or a curse for the next generation?
Rising house prices are not just a kind of “free money” or an alternative pension, Professor Chris Leishman warns. As Britain’s housing crisis continues to deepen due to increasingly scarce and expensive housing, he has embarked on a new research project that aims to find a way to reform property taxation fairly, and help to stabilise house prices.
New book: “Office Markets and Public Policy”
Professor Colin Jones’ latest book has just been published entitled, “Office Markets and Public Policy” by Wiley-Blackwell. This is the first book that looks at how offices and office markets in cities have changed over the last 30 years.
The Office: The Future’s Green, and Orange for Uncertain
Over the last forty years information communication technology (ICT) has completely transformed how we use an office. Greater spatial flexibility has meant that, “Location, Location, Location”, is no longer necessarily the key to a successful development. Profesor Colin Jones discusses the future of the office.
Going wild in the botanics
Dr. Jenny Roe recently made the news in Scotland, Australia and the US by demonstrating the restorative effects of parks on the brain using EEG monitors. She has now been awarded a Beltane Fellowship to explore how the positive effects of Botanic Gardens can be extended to a greater diversity of people.
Report: Better measures of local incomes and poverty in Scotland
The Income Modelling Project was carried out by Heriot Watt University with the aim of developing improved measures of local incomes and poverty in Scotland at small area level. Professor Glen Bramley and David Watkins have now published a report on their findings.
Scottish impoverishment reported in media
Although Scotland does slightly better than the UK average, poverty in Scotland is the worst it has been in 30 years.