- Ben Anderson: ESRC Grant, ‘Staging and Performing Emergencies: The Role of Exercises in UK Preparedness’
In response to a changing set of 21st Century threats and hazards new ways have emerged of anticipating uncertain and complex futures. The problem that these different ways of anticipating respond to are events; events that are contingent in their potential occurrence and complex in their potential effects. The most high profile of such events are new forms of terror post 9/11 and 7/7, but they also include other threats to the smooth functioning of urban life (such as trans-species epidemics, infrastructure loss, or high impact flooding). The research will focus on one way of anticipating future threats - exercises in UK preparedness – in order to address wider questions of how such ways of anticipating function to secure life.
- Harriet Bulkeley: Currently holds an ESRC Climate Change Leadership Fellowship examining the ways in which social and technical 'experiments' with housing and energy systems are emerging in response to climate change and their implications. For more information please see the Urban Transitions website.
- Gordon MacLeod: British Academy small grant, ‘Towards a New Urbanism in Britain’. This project investigates the role and influence of New Urbanist principles and planning guidelines in the development of eco-friendly smart growth sites, such as the planned new town of Tornagrain, near Inverness, and also the revitalization of inner urban brownfield sites in cities like Glasgow and Newcastle.
- Colin McFarlane: ESRC Grant, 'Everyday Sanitation: A Comparative Study of Mumbai's Informal Settlements'
The challenges of urban sanitation in informal settlements accompanying urbanization in the global South are increasingly recognised in academic and policy contexts (Black and Fawcett, 2008; Davis, 2006a; Neuwirth, 2006; Patel and Deb, 2006; UN Habitat, 2003). However, issues around urban sanitation access, usage and experience on a daily basis are still ascribed marginal status in scholarly and policy-related circles. This project seeks to understand urban sanitation on an everyday basis in order to: (i) conceptualise how people perceive and experience sanitation within informal settlements; (ii) contextualise existing sanitary practice and explore it in relation to potential sanitation interventions by state, donor and civil society; and (iii) relate urban sanitation experience, perception and coping strategies to debates in urban theory and development studies.
- Beverley Searle: 2007: Pathways of Housing Wealth and Well-being: precipitants and consequences of mortgage equity withdrawal in BHPS and HILDA