IHURER seminar: The aristocracy of our moneyed corporations

Our next IHURER seminar will take place Wednesday, 5th June when Prof. Mark Stephens will be presenting on something a little different. “The battle to protect New Lanark and the Falls of Clyde” will be a case study of policy interpretation and its wider social ramifications today.

Professor Mark Stephens
Professor Mark Stephens

The abstract is included below.  Please note the slightly later start time of 4.30pm, to fit in with the PG board that afternoon.

The “aristocracy of our moneyed corporations”? The battle to protect New Lanark and the Falls of Clyde


In 2001 New Lanark became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a Buffer Zone centred on the Falls of Clyde. In the nomination documentation, Historic Scotland said that New Lanark’s landscape setting was “intimately bound up with the value of the site”, identified quarrying as a “threat” and assured UNESCO that it would be “prevented” by local planning policies. But when Cemex, the Mexican multinational cement company, decided it wanted to extract 3.6 million tonnes of sand and gravel from the protected area, Historic Scotland said it had no objection. Mark Stephens, chair of Save Our Landscapes, reflects on the on-going campaign against the planning application, which has attracted widespread media coverage, a motion in the Scottish Parliament and the opposition of more than 10,000 people from 50 countries around the world.

The details of our last two seminars are also included as a reminder of what is yet to come.  Judith Montford & Colin Elliot will be rounding off the seminars in June.

Date Time Room Speaker(s) Presentation Topic
Wednesday 5th June 4.30pm WA311 Prof. Mark Stephens,Heriot-Watt. ‘The aristocracy of our moneyed corporations?’ 
Wednesday 12th June 4.15pm WA311 Dr Sotirios ThanosHeriot-Watt. ‘Applying spatial econometrics to cross-sectional housing data, is it as simple as that’?
Wednesday 19th June 4.15pm WA311 Judith MontfordColin Elliot,Heriot-Watt University. ‘Mental well being and housing layout.’‘A sustainability model for real estate management’. 

Tea & edible goodies provided at each session – please come along!

Looking forward to seeing you there,


All seminars will be held at William Arrol Building, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, unless indicated otherwise. Please note that the seminar room may subject to change, and you will be notified if this is the case. If you are not a student or staff member at the School of the Built Environment, please contact one of the organisers to register attendance:

Dr Nicola Livingstone:  n.d.livingstone@hw.ac.uk

Dr Filip Sosenko:  f.sosenko@hw.ac.uk

Professor Glen Bramley:  g.bramley@hw.ac.uk