Social housing providers as middle actors in low-carbon innovation

Cauvain2018How do social housing providers contribute to the decarbonisation of the built environment? Jenny Cauvain and I just published a new article in Energy & Buildings that demonstrates how social housing providers serve as ‘middle actors’ between the national government, local authorities, building professionals, and residents. The article is open access until 21 October 2018 from this link.


Projects, Platforms and the Emergence of Modular Urban Development

RGS 2018 papersAt the Royal Geographical Society with IBG Annual International Meeting in Cardiff, James Evans and I co-organised two paper sessions on ‘Projects, Platforms and the Emergence of Modular Urban Development’. Thanks to the presenters for a rich discussion of how projects, experiments, laboratories, testbeds and meanwhile uses are becoming a new mode of urbanisation.

AESOP Annual Congress in Gothenburg


I just returned from Gothenburg where I attended the AESOP Annual Congress 2018. Stefano Cozzolino and I were co-chairs of the Complexities track and organised five sessions with 21 presentations on fuzzy planning approaches, co-evolutionary strategies, and cascading effects and pattern formations. Thanks to all of the session co-chairs and presenters! Also, I presented a paper in the Futures track on ‘Experimentation as the Future Mode of Urban Planning?’.

Smart cities, innovation platforms and social practices in Wageningen

ENP Social Theory

I spent two days visiting with Bas van Vliet and colleagues in the Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University. We had some very productive and enjoyable discussions about smart cities, sustainable practices, platforms of innovation and related topics. Check out their useful webpage (and see diagram above) that summarises the social theories employed by their researchers. Thanks to Bas for the invitation!

Sercan Yalciner receives PhD in Architecture

Breeam ES

I am very pleased to announce that Sercan Yalciner has completed her doctoral degree in Architecture at the University of Manchester. Dr Yalciner’s conducted a study on ‘Sustainable Architecture and the Influence of Global Assessment Tools’ with a specific focus on BREEAM International. Her work provides insights on how the notion of sustainability is embedded in building codes and how building professionals transfer and apply ideas to different contexts. Congratulations to Dr Yalciner!