Urban and Place-based Learning

Urban and Place-based Learning

Our work in this area includes our concern to better understand the relationship between place and educational disadvantage specifically in the Glasgow City Region, and also in other regions in the world. We seek to identify the drivers of disadvantage, as well as lifelong success, and to inform policy options for narrowing the gap in educational attainment experienced by young people and adults from disadvantaged backgrounds. Our distinctiveness is based a) on the use of novel and sophisticated quantitative methods through our work within the ESRC funded Urban Big Data Centre led by Prof Mike Osborne and a team that includes Dr Catherine Lido, Dr Phil Mason and Dr Muir Houston b) taking an interdisciplinary approach working with other leading academics with Social and Political Sciences and the Institute of Health and Well-being, specialising in housing, transport and health, and c) addressing truly global challenges. We recognise in this work that combating inequality within and among countries, preserving the planet, creating inclusive and sustainable economic growth, and fostering social inclusion are mutually interdependent, and are underpinned by learning. Our work through a number of projects supported within RCUK’s Global Challenges Research Fund supported by AHRC, ESRC and EPSRC is led by staff including Dr Mia Perry, Dr Barbara Read, Prof Michele Schweisfurth and Dr Bonnie Slade builds on these themes. Other related work has included a Scoping Study for the Establishment of a Knowledge City in Pakistan led by Dr Margery McMahon and Prof Stephen McKinney.