Notre Dame should not be rebuilt by Guillaume Habert and Alice Hertzog

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By:  Guillaume Habert, Alice Hertzog

As Notre Dame burnt last month, it was reported that the air hung heavy with the scent of old oak. A far cry from the stench of burnt cladding and plastic normally associated with housing fires in the French capital. The centuries-old wooden roof of the cathedral flared up quickly, fuelling a fire that ran through the night, and threatening to destroy the famous Parisian monument.

Contextualizing the role of universities to regional development: introduction to the special issue

ABSTRACTSpecial issue: Universities, innovation and regional development
Contextualizing the role of universities to regional development: introduction to the special issue
; Universities are increasingly expected to provide contributions to regional innovation and economic development processes. Despite much work on how universities can contribute to regional growth processes, there is much less consideration about why universities might choose to engage in regional development. Even though they may receive public funding, universities have no specific duty to engage, and together with recent pressures to internationalize, university regional engagement activities face tensions from these delocalization pressures. 

This special issue explores four ways in which universities negotiate these tensions in ensuring that their globally focused knowledge creation activities supports local innovation…


IPBES Global Assessment Summary for Policymakers

Nature and its vital contributions to people, which together embody biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services, are deteriorating worldwide.

Direct and indirect drivers of change have accelerated during the past 50 years

Goals for conserving and sustainably using nature and achieving sustainability cannot be met by current trajectories, and goals for 2030 and beyond may only be achieved through transformative3 changes across economic, social, political and technological factors

Nature can be conserved, restored and used sustainably while simultaneously meeting other global societal goals through urgent and concerted efforts fostering transformative change


IPBES Global Assessment

New #GlobalAssessment produced by nearly 150 leading int'l experts concludes that some 25% of #species across many terrestrial, freshwater & marine groups are threatened with #extinction

Planning and Governing Polycentric Urban Regions

Planning and Governing Polycentric Urban Regions Loughborough University, UK 2-3 September 2019
The relevance of PUR-related research has been reinforced by the fact that the concept has attracted considerable interest from policy makers and regional planners. A range of normative plans and policies have been proposed advocating ‘polycentric regional development’. In policy terms, PURs have been championed by advocates as an innovative way to manage urban-rural relations and framed by the normative goal of sustainable spatially balanced territorial development. We see this in Europe, where following the European Spatial Development Perspective (ESDP), European Spatial Planning Observatory Network (ESPON) and the Interreg IIIB programmes have advanced PURs as a key mechanism to achieve territorial competitiveness and cohesion. We see it in post-reform China which has seen its fast-paced urbanisation, initially characterised by decentralisation and rescaling of state power l…

Opportunities for Students & Early Career Researchers

7th Master Class on EU Cohesion Policy for PhD Students & Early Career Researchers - 17th European Week of Regions and Cities, 6-10 October 2019, Brussels, Belgium -
Applications must complete the application form and include an abstract that falls under one of the following three broad themes:
The Future of the EU and the roles of the Regions and Cities A Europe Closer to Citizens A Greener Europe Deadline: 1st May 2019; This is a fully funded career and networking opportunity for PhD students and EC researchers.

RSA Early Career Grant Scheme - award is open to individual applicants in their early career (five years maximum between the date showing on the certificate and the application deadline). Applicants must be based within an eligible higher education institution and must be a current, early career member of the RSA. This grant aims to s…