City-REDI Weekly Update – 13th February 2020

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John Goddard OBE Joins City-REDI as Professor of Universities and Cities

John Goddard, Emeritus Professor of Regional Development Studies at Newcastle University and founder of the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), is joining City-REDI, University of Birmingham in a part-time role as Professor of Universities and Cities.

He will be working at City-REDI to help establish a network of research-intensive universities focussing on their role in city and regional development.

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New Report Released: Governance and Urban Development in Birmingham

For the past three years, an interdisciplinary (and international) team of geographers, political scientists and urban planners working across the universities of Birmingham and Zurich have been studying Birmingham’s urban development, governance, and social and economic trends from the year 2000 to present.

The report covers topics as diverse as Birmingham’s history, current social and economic issues in the city, urban governance models in the twenty-first century, planning and political science theory, and key challenges facing the city in the future.

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Creating a Workforce Fit for Tomorrow: Leadership and Unlocking Potential

As part of this year’s Birmingham Economic Review, Curium Solutions’ director and co-founder Andy Dawson argues that leadership and unlocking potential are critical to creating a workforce fit for tomorrow.

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Call for Abstracts for the UK Evaluation Society Annual Conference 2020

The Evaluation Society have now launched their dedicated event website where you can find out more about the UK Evaluation Society Annual Conference 2020, including theme and format, confirmed speakers, abstract submission process and how to register.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Evaluation and Evaluative Thinking: Insights for methods, capabilities, culture and implementation.” By including evaluative thinking in the conference theme, we wish to signal that the conference encourages a broad scope of contributions, including from those working in a range of fields where systematic inquiry and evaluative judgement inform learning and decisions, even if these are not typically seen as evaluations.

The closing date for receipt of abstracts for formal presentations is 17 February 2020 and for poster presentations is 1 May 2020.

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