Urban and Place-based Learning

Urban and Place-based Learning

Social and Political Sciences and the Institute of Health and Well-being, specialising in engineering, environmental sciences, health, housing and transport, and c) addressing 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 Global Challenges Research Fund and funded by AHRC, the British Academy, ESRC, EPSRC and MRC , led by staff including, Evelyn Arizpe, Mike Osborne, Mia Perry, Alison Phipps, Barbara Read, Oscar Valiente, Oscar Odena, Michele Schweisfurth, and Bonnie Slade builds on these themes. This includes, the ESRC funded, Centre for Sustainable, Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods, and a British Academy-funded project on the contribution of HEI systems to regional development (SUEUAA).

Many of our research projects in this area involve extensive collaboration beyond the social sciences. This includes working with engineers, environmental scientists, health scientists and the NGO sector in implementing technological, environmental and health initiatives through community engagement using arts-based and public pedagogies. Led by Mia Perry, this work covers diverse fields including palliative care in Bangladesh, geo-thermal engineering in Ethiopia, and environmental initiatives in Uganda, Botswana and Nigeria. Arts based approaches are also used in a GCRF project funded by the AHRC, led by Oscar Odena, which investigates the role of Performing Arts for Peace Education in conflict zones in Latin America.

Other related work has included a Scoping Study for the Establishment of a Knowledge City in Pakistan led by Margery McMahon and Stephen McKinney.