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Knowledge and Power: Exploring the Science/Society Interface in the Urban Environment Context

Knowledge and Power: Exploring the Science/Society Interface in the Urban Environment Context

ESRC Transdisciplinary seminar series.
Full details at http://www.cert.bham.ac.uk/urbanenvironment/.

The series explored conceptions of the social and political world that have underpinned major research programmes on urban environments and regeneration (such as NERC's URGENT and EPSRC's Sustainable Cities initiatives). It also gave critical consideration to the concepts of evidence-based policy and interdisciplinarity.

Six seminars over two years dealt with these broader theoretical issues within a range of empirical contexts (including air pollution, urban nature, water, energy and waste).

The series attracted interest from senior officers of three research councils, the Environment Agency and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, from academics - including social, natural and physical scientists - and from practitioners in local authorities and the urban environmental field.

NERC and EPSRC contributed to the funding of these seminars.

Key paper

  • Petts, J., Owens, S. and Bulkeley, H., 'Crossing Boundaries: Interdisciplinarity in the Context of Urban Environments', Geoforum, in press

See also:

  • Owens, S. (2005) 'Making a difference? Some reflections on environmental research and policy', Transactions of the IBG NS 30, 3: 287-292.