RA6a: Additional observations, Evidence of esteem
Introduction/backgroundAs noted in the introduction to RA6 staff see the importance of dissemination and the link to policy and practice. Examples of activities include: Allen (Judith): The project on Social Exclusion and European Neighbourhoods led to funding under the SRB5 programme, leading in turn to a preliminary base line study for an SRB6 bid. Invited participant in academic-and-practitioner ESRC Seminar on Institutional Capacity in 1998 (publication forthcoming) and to participate in a second more substantial ESRC seminar programme on Mainstreaming. Bailey: Member of expert panel preparing a Social Economy Framework for London, directed by Greater London Enterprises Ltd.; Member of the Civic Trust Advisory Group on community involvement; Project manager and conference organiser for the DfEE funded Discipline Network in Planning. Herrschel: Chair of the Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers Post-Socialist Geographies Research Group. Jashapara: Joint conference paper with Kisters (noted in RA2) won 'best paper award' when presented in November 2000; Organisation learning paper received 'Highly Commended Award' from MCB University Press.
The staff associated with research in the School of Built Environment (SBE) see it as important that as well as producing scholarly research and supporting new researchers and new activities they are involved in the national and international research community and are also engaged in policy debates concerning their research. This is achieved in several ways: membership of national and international committees, membership of editorial boards of scholarly journals, hosting visiting scholars and practitioners, collaboration with other research centres, organising conferences and through consultancy. In addition staff are frequently consulted by government and other agencies on policy and related issues.
Much of the research carried out within SBE has a strong link to policy at the local, regional, national and international, level. A variety of examples have been mentioned from the work with DfID and DETR, to providing advice for the EU research and aid programmes. For example, in the transport area, Professors Browne, Jones and White and Dr Graham have presented papers at four European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) Round Table events during the past five years. Strong relationships exist between the research activities of the School and the provision of postgraduate teaching. There are also strong links with industry exemplified by the significant funding received across the range of disciplines.
Staff within the School play a major role on agenda setting bodies and professional committees and participate actively in the external research community. A number of examples have already been identified in the RA5, further examples are noted below.
Other collaborations of note include: Allen (Judith): Scientific Manager, EC TSER research project "Social Exclusion in European Neighbourhoods". Scientific Manager and Deputy Coordinator for the EC Cities of Tomorrow project on "innovations in social housing management to promote social cohesion". Littler: Received Engineering Foresight Award leading to secondment to the Energy Research Institute, Chulakongkorn University, Thailand - research results displayed in April 2000 at RIBA during EC conference and invitation from British Council to mount exhibition on European Low Energy Design in Bangkok (January 2001). Newman: Collaborative research with the Institut Francais d’Urbanisme and the Centre d’Analyse et d’Intervention Sociologiques in Europe, and Hunter College, City University New York. Roberts: Invited participant at Urban Futures-Urban technological Futures International Seminar supported by ESRC Cities Programme (1998). Invited participant at seminar on Public Art and Public Space organised by University of Plymouth (2000).
Consortia and conference organisation
Membership of important research advisory committees and panels
Editorships and academic ownership of key journals
Evidence of dissemination and influence of research outputs on policy and practice
Newman: Invited contributions to journals, for example on the new London government for Annales de Geographie; Invited public lectures – for example – Vienna Architecture Congress (1997); Urban Planning in Europe (Routledge, 1996) published in Edizione Scientifiche, 1999. Roberts: International conference paper translated and included in book published by Swedish Urban Environment Council. Edited special edition of Urban Design Quarterly on Public Art (practitioners journal).
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