Issue date: 02 March 2001

Room 3Q22, Q block, Faculty of the Built Environment, 8 March from midday with an informal reception from 5-6.30pm

The first Research Expo for the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of the West of England takes place on Thursday 8 March 2001.

The Research Expo will showcase the work of the four research centres within the Faculty. These are the Centre for Environment and Planning; the Cities Research Centre; the WHO Healthy Cities Centre and the Construction and Property Research Centre. The multi-faculty Centre for Local Democracy will also be featured.

Robin Hambleton, Associate Dean of the Faculty said, "Research in our faculty is concerned with both the natural and the Built Environment. It includes analysis of the processes which shape the development of towns and cities and the way they are governed. The Faculty has researchers working on projects which analyse aspects of sustainability, planning issues, urban regeneration, construction and community involvement to name but a few. This Expo aims to reach out to researchers for collaborative purposes but also to demonstrate the important impact our researchers work has on our living environment."

The broad research interests of each research centre are:

Environment and Planning Research Centre

* European comparative and transnational planning
* Environmental change and human impacts
* Sustainability: in neighbourhood planning and regeneration; in urban design and architecture; in tourism.
* Planning theory and equity
* Social exclusion and area based initiatives
* Social housing

Cities Research Centre

* Urban governance (partnership, leadership, community involvement, cross cutting issues)
* Healthy cities and community safety
* Sustainable regeneration
* Regions and the Regional Development Agency
* Social exclusion and area based initiatives
* Social housing

Construction and Property Research Centre

* Design, construction and management of buildings with specialisation in visualisation and computer modelling
* Facilities management
* Building conservation
* Heritage management
* Construction engineering

Healthy Cities and Urban Policy Research Centre

* Healthy urban planning
* Crime, public health and the built environment
* Urban design for sustainability

The Centre for Local Democracy

* Empowering citizens service users
* Modernising local political leadership
* Continuous learning for local authorities chief executives
* Voluntary Sector use of new technologies

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