In October 2017, Dr Fionn MacKillop participated in a research trip to Medellin, Colombia In this blog post, he offers some reflections on the ‘smart city’ agenda in Medellin.
The Scottish Government recently announced a new consultation on a Fuel Poverty Strategy for Scotland, leading up to an intended Warmer Homes Bill next year. Here, Professor Glen Bramley talks us through this positive story of evidence-based policy.
Big data is increasingly regarded as a new approach for understanding human behaviour within and between cities. Here, Dr Wenjie Wu reflects on big data in China.
In September 2017, I-SPHERE hosted a visit from Cameron Parsell (University of Queensland). Here he reflects on the role of charity in responding to homelessness in advanced welfare state contexts.
Airport construction or expansion is often proposed as a policy lever to boost cities, regions and national economies worldwide. Here, Dr Wenjie Wu talks through the evidence in China.
“Ever wanted something more? Ever thought there could be a better way to live free from the shackles of the old tired world?” Here, Dr Bilge Serin talks us through the new world of commodified housing developments.
This week a report published by homelessness charity Crisis predicted stark increases in homelessness if further action is not taken. Here, Prof Glen Bramley, author of the report, takes us through some of the methodology, and difficulties in modelling homelessness.
In 2016 around 160,000 households experienced the most acute forms of homelessness. If we fail to address homelessness this figure will reach 392,000 by 2041 reports Francesca Albanese from Crisis.
Paid Internship Programme on Homelessness with The Oak Foundation and I-SPHERE – Deadline for applications 9th August 2017
Applications are now invited for the first round of a series of paid internships on the theme of homelessness, offered by the Oak Foundation in partnership with the Institute of Social Policy, Housing and Equalities Research (I-SPHERE) at Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh.
Could homelessness happen to anyone? Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick explores such claims to suggest assumptions could distract us from focusing on causes that may be identifiable, and possibly preventable.
The Scottish planning system is soon to undergo reform. Here, Dr Jenny Wood identifies five ways Scottish Government can improve children’s participation in the planning process, and the environments it shapes and manages.
Mark Stephens argues that Scotland’s new system of housing transaction tax should be allowed to bed down, but that as the Parliament’s Finance Committee considers “A Scottish Approach to Taxation” it should consider property taxation in the round.