INT’L CONFERENCE: Olympic Legacies: Impacts of Mega-Events on Cities

SML-UEL-OlympicsLegacy-ConfAn international conference on ‘Olympic Legacies: Impacts of Mega-Events on Cities’ will take place at Docklands Campus, University of East London (UEL) from 4 to 6 September 2013.

Hosted by UEL, the conference will bring together researchers, policy makers, representatives of national and international bodies and institutions interested in and engaged with urban development issues arising from hosting mega-events such as Olympic Games.

The conference aims to provide a space to share and exchange knowledge around three key themes:

  • The Changing Urban Order and Mega-events: City status/ambition – domestic and global; governance at global, national and city levels; and social and economic development – housing, health, employment
  • Evaluating Legacy: Monitoring/evaluation – Olympic Games Impact (OGI) and other approaches; planning and governance; sustainability; community engagement; and addressing social equality
  • Future Mega-event Cities: Planning and Preparing: from Bid to Legacy; transferable skills, knowledge; and cultural values and actions

The programme will consist of a mix of high profile keynote presentations, themed sessions and panel discussions. Neale Coleman (Deputy Chair, London Legacy Development Corporation, previously advisor on London 2012 for London Mayor Boris Johnson) will deliver the opening keynote presentation on ‘London 2012 Games and their Legacy’. Professor Lamartine DaCosta (Professor of Olympic Studies, Universidade Gama Filho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) will deliver the closing remarks.

Among the other key presenters are Prof. Richard Sumray and Prof. Ralph Ward (UEL), Dr. Eleni Theodoraki (Napier University Edinburgh), Dr. Judith Grant Long (Harvard University), Prof. Gayle McPherson (University of the West of Scotland) and Mark Perryman (University of Brighton).

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UEL Sustainable City seminar on Challenges and Opportunities in East London

SML-UEL-SeminarA seminar, The Sustainable City: Challenges and Opportunities in East London, was held at London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), Stratford on 20 March 2013.

 

Chaired by Professor Allan Brimicombe (Head of the Centre for Geo-Information Studies CGIS at the University of East London UEL), the event included two guest speakers: Bruce McVean (an Integrated Design Manager and a consultant for Beyond Green) and Samantha Heath (Chief Executive of the London Sustainability Exchange). A Question Time followed the speeches.

 

This is the third in a UEL Seminar Series, Beyond 2012: the Olympics and the Regeneration of East London, which explores the transformation of East London beyond 2012 with the aim of creating a knowledge platform to inform long term social, economic and cultural development of the area.

 

Photograph by Asitha Jayawardena

 

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Inaugural AGM of London RCE on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

???????????????????????????????The inaugural AGM of the London RCE (Regional Centre of Expertise) on ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) took place at London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) in Stratford on 20 March 2013.

???????????????????????The meeting, chaired by Lynn Vickery (Co-ordinator, London RCE and London South Bank University LSBU), started with a welcome to the LLDC by Paul Brickell (Executive Director of Regeneration and Community Partnerships, LLDC).

Ros Wade (Chair London RCE and LSBU) presented The Annual Report 2012/13. It highlighted the activities of the constituent groups, namely Higher Education ESD Curriculum Group, RCE Sustainable Business Group, RCE Site-based Educators’ Group, RCE Teacher Education Group, RCE ‘Communities’ Group, RCE ESD Reading Group, and Political Science and ESD Group.

Following an outline on the London RCE European dimension by Dr Hugh Atkinson (LSBU), a number of partners/ stakeholders talked about their activities and projects on ESD: David Clemson (LSBU), Graham Petersen (University and College Union UCU, http://www.ucu.org.uk/), Karen Wheeler (Lee Valley Education Department, Environment and Heritage, http://www.leevalleypark.org.uk/), Anna Portch (London Environmental Education Forum LEEF, http://www.leef.org.uk/), Zaria Greenhill (Sustainable Schools Consulting, http://zariagreenhill.co.uk/), Kareem Dayes (Rural Urban Synthesis Society RUSS, http://www.theruss.org/), Falko Schmidt (DESERTEC, http://www.desertec.org/), Tobias Baumer, Jonathan Ofusu and Anglea Giraldo (students from LSBU Business School), Margaret Burr (Humanities Education Centre HEC Global Learning Centre, http://www.globalfootprints.org/), Poppy Flint (Forest Recycling Project, http://www.frponline.org.uk/ and student of LSBU Education for Sustainability programme) and Asitha Jayawardena (Sustainable University One-stop Shop Experiment, http://www.sustainableuni.kk5.org/).

After the AGM, the participants attended the UEL (University of East London) seminar The Sustainable City: Challenges and Opportunities in East London.

Group photograph (by Ros Wade)

Second photograph (by Asitha Jayawardena): Ros Wade presenting The Annual Report

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CONFERENCE: The Production of Place at UEL in Dec 2012

An international conference and workshop on The Production of Place will be held at the University of East London (UEL) from 15 to 18 December 2012. This conference will aim to question the ideas of sustainability in relation to place. It will have three themes:

  • Global knowledge via local place
  • ‘Making’ and ‘doing’
  • Insecurity in and of places

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Kingston hosts London RCE partners’ meeting

Kingston University London hosted a meeting of the partners of the London Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) on 8 June 2012.

Coordinated by London South Bank University (LSBU) and supported by other London universities including Kingston University, University of East London (UEL) and Queen Mary University of London, the London RCE is a diverse network of individuals and organisations from education, state, business and voluntary sector committed to Education for Sustainable Development in their respective areas. It is part of the 100-member Global RCE Network being developed by United Nations University.

Photograph by Asitha Jayawardena

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UEL hosts London RCE partners’ meeting (Feb 2012)

The University of East London (UEL) hosted a meeting of the partners of the London Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) on 24 February 2012.

Coordinated by London South Bank University (LSBU) and supported by other London universities including UEL, Kingston and Queen Mary University of London, the London RCE is a diverse network of individuals and organisations from education, state, business and voluntary sector committed to Education for Sustainable Development in their respective areas. It is part of the 100-member Global RCE Network being developed by United Nations University.

The next partners meeting will be hosted by Kingston University in June 2012.

Photograph by Asitha Jayawardena

 

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UEL Sustainability seminar series

The University of East London (UEL) will launch a sustainability seminar series on 23 February 2012. Richard Lindsay, Head of the Environmental Research Group UEL and Visiting Professor, University of Tokyo, will present the first talk, The Urban Jungle: Why we need urban greenspace.

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