15th September Doctoral Workshop sponsored by ARCOM

The Centre for Built Environment Sustainability & Transformation (BEST) (http://www.salford.ac.uk/research/best) at the University of Salford is pleased to announce a Doctoral Workshop sponsored by the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) (www.arcom.ac.uk). This one day Workshop is aimed at doctoral students and early career researchers who are currently conducting research in the general field of the built environment in order to promote and meet the challenges of an ageing society. Meeting the challenges of an ageing population is paramount to sustainable economic development. In the UK there are more people of a pensionable age than children under sixteen. These changing demographics have been highlighted as one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century and lead to a number of challenges affecting many aspects of society. One of the biggest issues is the strain on the economy. An ageing population will also increase the pressure felt by the health care system, as the demand for services rises. This is one of the reasons why it is important to adapt the built environment, to make homes safer and the community more easily accessible. The construction industry must start to take into account the changing needs of the population in its project delivery. It is not just homes that need to be adapted to ensure a safe and inclusive environment, but also the wider environment. The environment has to be accessible and to accommodate the needs of the elderly.

This Doctoral Workshop seeks to provide an environment where researchers can present their papers, exchange ideas and engage in critical discussions concerning contemporary research within the context of the challenges of an ageing society in the built environment. Also participating in the Workshop will be invited guest speakers and practitioners in the field who will contribute and help stimulate discussions.

Dr Chika Udeaja, C.E.Udeaja@salford.ac.uk

2nd International Workshop MAPS LED – University of Salford, 12th – 14th September 2017

Since 2015 SOBE has been involved in the HORIZON 2020 4 years’ project MAPS-LED, a Multidisciplinary Approach to Plan Smart Specialisation Strategies for Local Economic Development. The project links four EU universities (Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Salford, La Sapienza of Rome and Aalto of Helsinki) and two USA universities (Northeastern of Boston and San Diego State) and is aimed at researching strategies for implementing smart specialisation as a key element for place-based regeneration policies for local economic development.

Running alongside the International Research Week hosted by the University of Salford 11th – 15th September 2017, the MAPS-LED Workshop will be a milestone of the wider MAPS-LED project, looking at how Smart Specialization Strategies can be translated into spatially-oriented local development.

The Workshop aims at evaluating the preliminary findings coming from the research question on how sustainability can be achieved in innovation policies, enabling social innovation and civic activation to trigger inclusive and equitable development. The scope is to enhance the potential impact of the research by involving external experts and potential local users in the mid-term assessment stages of the research process.

Building on the concept of co-creativity as key- trigger for achieving systemic innovation, the workshop will be run as an open conference, during which international speakers will discuss the theoretical issues raised by the project, complemented by a stakeholders’ day and an open conference day.

Contributions from the larger academic community are welcome, in particular on (but not limited to):  Innovation led urban regeneration; Smart cities and sustainable innovation; Building spaces for co-creative innovation; Civic engagement and sustainable innovation; Gentrification and sustainable innovation.

To participate, please refer to the “Registration link” on the main Conference webpage. To submit an abstract to the workshop, please use the link “Submit MAPSLED Workshop abstract”.

Dr Claudia Trillo, C.Trillo2@salford.ac.uk