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Stakeholder involvement and local activism in eco-city planning / implementation. Transition town movement and other grassroots alternatives.

Economic and Social Research Council


Bringing eco-cities to life: community engagement, local activism

10am Registration & tea/coffee
10.30am Welcom and opening thoughts 

John Barry, Queens University Belfast
Sarah Burgess, University of the West of England

10.45am Community/stakeholder involvement in sustainable urbanism: challenges and opportunities of community engagement

Fred London, John Thompson & Partners

11.30am Transition Towns movement

Molly Scott-Cato, Cardiff Metropolitan University

12.15am Community engagement through planning, energy and climate

Geraint Ellis, Queens University Belfast

1pm Lunch
2pm Role of local action and community engagement in climate change
Christine Holloway, Winchester Action on Climate Change
2:45 Food systems and the eco city
Joy Carey, Who feeds Bristol / Transition Bristol
3:30 Roundtable discussion
4.15pm Close


Seminar attendance is free. However, due to the limited number of available places, participants are required to register through the following Eventbrite link.

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Approx. five (post)doctoral bursaries covering travel and accommodation costs are available for each seminar. Recipients will be expected to contribute to the seminars (e.g. acting as discussants, presenting papers, contributing website contents). To apply, please complete and return the form below.

ESRC seminar bursary application form