Research Bulletin

- Story collection aims to demonstrate the value of research. Members are being asked to share effective examples of using research to improve planning policy or delivery as part of work by the Academy of Social Sciences to bring together stories that make the case for the practical impact of research. The most compelling cases will be compiled into a series of booklets and briefing documents to be delivered to key public figures and bodies.

Please email your ideas and summaries to research@rtpi.org.uk

- Learning lessons from previous recessions at home and abroad. The Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) latest report asks how policy-makers can respond most effectively to the recession. It explores what can be learned from previous UK recessions in the mid 1970s, early 1980s and early 1990s as well as downturns elsewhere in the world and the global recessionary period of the 1930s. It draws on analysis of a broad range of data sources and the work of numerous researchers and institutions, many of them funded by the ESRC.

Recession Britain is available at www.esrcsocietytoday.ac.uk/recessionbritain

Online tool maps out information on ageing population trends. An interactive mapping tool that allows users to analyse the population's age structure at local authority level has been launched by the Office for National Statistics. Users can see how the population has aged over time and how it is projected to continue to age by selecting from a list of indicators such as median age.

Ageing in the UK is available at www.statistics.gov.uk/ageinginthe uk/default.htm

EVENTS

- Making an Impact - Universities and the Regional Economy. 4 November. London. This conference is part of a joint research initiative by the Economic and Social Research Council and Higher Education Funding Council on the impact of higher education institutions on regional economies. Cost: Free.

To book or for further information, please visit www.impact-hei.ac.uk, email Ursula Kelly at u.kelly@strath.ac.uk or call 0141 548 4206.

- Online Conference on Resilience in a Changing Climate. 12-14 November. The RTPI is one of eight worldwide partners in this special event to celebrate World Town Planning Day. The day itself is 8 November but worldwide observance of it varies. This will run on the internet from 12 to 14 November to make it convenient across many time zones.

For further information, please visit www.planningtheworld.net

- Beyond the Global Credit Crunch. 3 December. Coventry. This Regional Studies Association conference will examine the economic challenges facing UK regions. For further information, please visit www.regional-studies-assoc.ac.uk/events/future.asp


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