The annual Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion in Scotland report, by Guy Palmer, Tom MacInnes and Peter Kenway, has been published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Separate reports on the whole of the UK (2006), Northern Ireland (2006) and Wales (2005) are also available at (website) www.poverty.org.uk.
SCANNING THE FUTURE OF ENERGY IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
The Foresight programme run by the Office of Science and Innovation has launched a major investigation on energy generation. Key topics will be the relative potential of centralised and decentralised systems of production and management. Jointly sponsored by the DCLG, DEFRA and the DTI, the project will report its findings in autumn 2008. For more information, please visit (website) www.foresight.gov.uk.
THE CUTTING EDGE OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH
Extended abstracts and presentations from this year's Sustainable Development Research Network annual conference are now available to download from (website) www.sd-research.org.uk.
THE STATE OF THE CITIES DATABASE
The DCLG's State of the Cities database provides access to updated data on the State of the English Cities report. The database contains all the key indicators of urban performance used in the report and allows users to identify recent changes in 56 English cities. It is intended to serve as a base for future monitoring. The database can be accessed at (website) www.socd.communities.gov.uk/socd.
A report by Phil Wood, Charles Landry and Jude Bloomfield on the concept of intercultural cities has been published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
The authors argue that intercultural engagement has always been a source of development and is therefore of potential social and economic value.
They identify a lack of data on cultural interchange and call for the establishment of indicators of interculturalism and openness. In this context, they ask whether architects and planners should structure space to reflect different cultures or create open-ended spaces. For more information, please visit (website) www.jrf.org.uk/knowledge/findings.
The Rural Evidence Research Centre was established by DEFRA to develop a research programme to support its objectives on English rural affairs.
The centre brings together six university departments led by Birkbeck College's school of geography and includes the University of Sheffield's department of town and regional planning. For more information, please visit (website) www.rerc.ac.uk.
PLANNING RESEARCH CONFERENCE - CALL FOR PAPERS
The next annual planning research conference will be held at Heriot-Watt University's school of the built environment on 10-12 April 2007. Submissions are encouraged from those interested in urban design, sustainable cities, regeneration, governance and reform and planning education. Papers bringing an international or transnational perspective are particularly welcome.
Abstracts of a maximum of 300 words are invited from academics, practitioners and research students by 12 January. For full details, please visit (website) www.sbe.hw.ac.uk/prc2007.