Sharing Futures Summer School: University of Birmingham (August 24-26)

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Call for Participation

‘Sharing Futures’ Summer School: Interdisciplinarity and intergenerationality in planning sustainable urban environments


24th-26th August 2015

University of Birmingham, UK


The ‘Sharing Futures’ Summer School is aimed at postgraduate students and early-career researchers (nominally defined as 5 years post PhD award) who have an interest in planning sustainable urban environments. It aims to appeal in particular to participants with an interest in either or both of the following issues in their research:


1) cross-disciplinary (in particular, social science/engineering) approaches to sustainable urban planning, with a focus on the water/energy nexus;


 2) intergenerational relationships and justice, as part of a broader turn to citizenship, participation and community engagement in sustainable urban planning.


The three-day Summer School will include an exciting mixture of keynote talks, workshop-style activities, and a field day exploring sustainable urban environments in the English Midlands (further details below). We now invite postgraduate students and early-career researchers to register for a place on the workshop.


Registration for the Summer School will be free (details below). The Sharing Futures project will pay for most lunches and evening meals during the event. In addition, the first twenty participants will receive £100 towards costs for accommodation and travel (receipts for which will have to be submitted at the end of the event). The Summer School will be held at the University of Birmingham’s dedicated conference facility, Hornton Grange:



Confirmed keynote speakers and activities:

Monday 24th August

  • Dr Rosie Day, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK; Co-I for the DEMAND Centre (

Dedicated workshops to facilitate introductions, sharing of current research, and considerations for interdisciplinary research between social scientists and engineers.


Tuesday 25th August

Fieldtrip to planned, ‘sustainable’ urban communities in the English Midlands, led by the UK Co-Is from the ‘Sharing Futures’ team (Dr Sophie Hadfield-Hill, Professor Peter Kraftl, Dr John Horton).


Wednesday 26th August

  • Workshops focussed on participatory community engagement and making an impact with policy-makers, practitioners and communities


To register:

 To register for the Summer School, please E-Mail Professor Peter Kraftl ( You will be asked to complete a short application form. Please also feel free to E-Mail Peter if you would like further information about the event, your eligibility, or logistics such as local accommodation options.


 The Sharing Futures project

 Our project - Sharing Futures - aims to explore key challenges in planning sustainable urban environments. The project is funded through the Newton Fund, via the Economic and Social Research Council, and involves collaboration between Social Scientists in the UK and Engineers in Brazil. The Brazil team comprises Professors Jose Perrella Balastieri, Rubens Aves Dias and Mateus Vilanova. The UK team comprises Dr Sophie Hadfield-Hill, Professor Peter Kraftl and Dr John Horton. The project's website is here: