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EVENT | Replace the M8?

Join us at this **in person** session for a public conversation about the future of the M8 in Glasgow.

Tuesday 21 June 2022, 18:00 – 21:00.

Following COP26 Glasgow stated its ambitions to be a leading sustainable city for the 21st century. Yet anyone who lives in the city will be familiar with the dramatic section of the M8 which carries 140,000 vehicles per day and severs the city centre from communities to the north and west.

With noise pollution as loud as Glasgow airport runway, poor air quality, and a barrier for pedestrians is it time to consider replacing the M8 with something that aligns with the UN sustainable development goals?... [read more]

Project highlight: Goddess Durga and Cultural Heritage in Bengal

In December 2021 UNESCO inscribed Durga Puja in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Durga Puja is an annual festival celebrating Hindu goddess Durga. In the run up to the festival, many small sculptures or idols (pratimas) of the goddess are created from unfired river clay to be used as part of the celebrations.

Coinciding with this landmark UNESCO recognition of the Bengali cultural panorama, we would like to highlight the publication of The Making of Goddess Durga in Bengal: Art, Heritage and the Public ... (read more)

Project highlight: Trust and Perceptions of Water Governance in Urban Tanzania

How water is managed and how we ensure universal access to it, is in increasingly important question for cities around the world. Research shows the need for an adaptive and integrative approach to water governance in urban areas in response to uncertainties from natural and political causes.

Increasing commodification of water has led to injustice in water provision, whereas governance has concentrated on ensuring payment of bills rather than access and quality of water provided to the community. Interdisciplinary work at the University of Glasgow, in partnership with colleagues from the University of Dar Es Salaam, has looked into public trust and how water governance is perceived by local communities...  (read more)

What Challenges in Changing Cities Means to Me

View these short videos from our theme leaders and discover what the Challenges in Changing Cities theme means to them and their research.

Challenges in Changing Cities to me...

Annette Hastings

Annette is a Professor of Urban Studies. Annette's research focuses broadly on issues of inequality within changing cities, for example Public service provision; Impacts of austerity; Neighbourhood stigmatisation; and Language use in the policy process. Annette is currently a Co-i on the Urban Big Data Centre - Administrative Big Data and Unequal Access to Public Services project and a Co-I in the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence.

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John Reuben Davies

John became part of the History team at the University of Glasgow in 2008. His interest in Indian history, and close partnership with the University of Calcutta, has led to ventures concerned with South Asian cultural heritage. In 2017 John led a workshop in Kolkata on the preservation and promotion of the historical cultural heritage of West Bengal and Bangladesh, and since 2018 has been leading a project on the challenges facing heritage-minority communities in the same region. John was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in 2016.

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Muhammad Imran

Muhammad is Professor of Communication Systems. He has led a number of significant international research projects encompassing the areas of energy efficiency, fundamental performance limits, sensor networks and self-organising cellular networks. Muhammad has a global collaborative research network spanning both academia and key industrial players in the field of wireless communications and has led interdisciplinary 5G innovation work across the UK and beyond.

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Ria Dunkley

Dr Ria Dunkley is a Senior Lecturer in Geography, Environment and Sustainability within the School of Education at the University of Glasgow. Ria was appointed as a Climate Ambassador during COP26 and is currently working with colleagues through the Centre for Sustainable Solutions at the University of Glasgow to advance research on enabling individuals, communities and organisations to initiate sustainable solutions through research, education and partnership.

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