I am very pleased to be leading the new urban initiative in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences which will be launched in September 2017. This interdisciplinary virtual centre will bring together researchers from the School in the areas of human (particularly urban and economic) and physical geography, urban planning, environmental and health sciences. It will also include undergraduates, postgraduates, alumni and stakeholders interested in the urban and will collaborate with other scientists and research units across the University and beyond. The Initiative will open new avenues for collaboration, funding and engagement for the School, the College and the University.
The Urban Initiative will make world-leading urban research produced in the School much more visible externally. It will generate original and transformative research as well as creative thinking based on interdisciplinary collaborations amongst researchers interested in the various aspects of urban environments and systems.
The Urban Initiative will also ensure that GEES’s urban research strength becomes a much more visible feature of our teaching offer. It will support research-led teaching, in the School, in line with the TEF strategy. It will engage students with the range of interdisciplinary urban research while giving them new skills and opportunities for work experience. It will also help build stronger links with graduates, developing a network of successful alumni.
The Urban Initiative will enhance existing connections and networks to reinforce the School and University’s influence and engagement, locally, nationally and globally. It will more efficiently capture the School’s spheres of influence, making its activities much more visible for external stakeholders and funders.
The website is currently under development and more information will be circulated soon.
Meanwhile you can follow us and contact us via twitter: @GEES_Urban