How can we change urban society for the better? UWE Bristol leadership expert to reveal in new book

Issue date: 24 November 2014


Professor Robin Hambleton

Launch Event: Leading the Inclusive City: Place-Based Innovation for a Bounded Planet

Monday 24 November 2014, 18:00-19:00

Watershed, Bristol (see map)

The last few tickets are remaining for this free event, but booking is required. Book your ticket by clicking the link HERE.

Cities are often seen as helpless victims in a global flow of events and many view growing inequality in cities as inevitable. In a new book, Leading the Inclusive City: Place-based Innovation for a Bounded Planet, published by Policy Press, Robin Hambleton, Professor of City Leadership in the Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments at UWE Bristol rejects this gloomy prognosis.

Robin Hambleton, argues that imaginative place-based leadership can enable citizens to shape the urban future in accordance with progressive values – advancing social justice, promoting care for the environment and bolstering community empowerment. He shows how inspirational civic leaders are making a major difference in cities across the world providing practical lessons for local leaders. This book provides a significant contribution to thinking on public service innovation and offers insights for anyone who wants to change urban society for the better.

Professor Hambleton explains, “Many books on cities and urban management tend to focus on problems and difficulties. In this book I wanted to celebrate the achievements of civic leaders in creating liveable, child-friendly, multi-cultural cities – to spotlight a good number of remarkable innovations.”

“It contains seventeen short innovation stories drawn from all continents. Each story outlines an example of bold and successful civic leadership and draws out lessons for other cities. The stories cover the progress being made in famous cities – like Copenhagen, New York City and Melbourne – but it also contains examples of public innovation in less well known places – like Curitiba, Brazil and Enschede in The Netherlands.”

“I hope that the book will be used by policy makers, practitioners and activists as well students and academics – indeed, anyone who wants to improve the quality of life in cities.”

Robin Hambleton is Professor of City Leadership at UWE Bristol and Director of Urban Answers, a company he founded in 2007.

He worked in local government in the UK, has been an Adviser to UK local government ministers, a consultant to Select Committees of the UK House of Parliament, and has written national guidance documents for councils in England, Wales and Scotland. He was the founding President of the European Urban Research Association (EURA) – an international association created in 1997 to enhance research-based exchange relating to cities. From 2002-07 he was the Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The book launch will be chaired by Peter Madden, Chief Executive, Future Cities Catapult, which works to enable urban innovation, helping urban ideas thrive for the sake of citizens across the globe.

Professor Hambleton will introduce his latest publication at a launch event, as part of the Festival of Ideas at The Watershed from 18:00 – 19:00 on Monday 24 November 2014.

The last few tickets are remaining for this free event, but booking is required. Book your ticket by clicking the link HERE.

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