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Scotland’s improving poverty rate – worth one cheer?

Nick Bailey University of Glasgow The recent media coverage of poverty has focussed on growing problems of severe hardship and destitution. The cuts in welfare benefits have been made worse by rising costs, falling real wages and reductions in public services. There is a real crisis for many households and the growing demand for food…

EVENT: Policy Reunion – Homelessness

Homelessness policy is regarded as one of the major policy achievements of the first session of the Scottish Parliament (1999-2003). In homelessness policy and the treatment of the rights of homeless people, Scotland is regarded internationally as leading the world. The Policy Scotland homelessness policy reunion event provides an opportunity to hear from those most…

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Land Value Taxation

Republished with permission from Professor Ken Gibb, Professor in Housing Economics, University of Glasgow I was speaking at the Scottish rural housing conference in Birnam, north of Perth, on Friday. While I would never claim to have any expertise in rural matters, I am interested in taxation and housing. So, when invited to talk about…


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Promoting Responsible Innovation in Synthetic Biology to Improve Global Water Quality

By  Dr John Walls, Prof. Joseph Murphy and Prof. Bill Sloan One of the Global Challenges of our time is to ensure the world has a steady supply of safe drinking water.  A new five year flagship  project ‘Synthetic Biology Applications to Water Supply and Remediation’ funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council…


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Learning Cities 2020

Why learning is central to city futures A policy briefing from PASCAL International Observatory by John Tibbitt, Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow Bringing worldwide perspectives to local possibilities Cities in the world economy Over half of the world’s population now live in cities, and cities account for by the largest share of…


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Glasgow’s experience in waterfront regeneration. A success story?

By Georgiana Varna, Research Fellow (Management), The University of Glasgow. I have always been fascinated by cities and especially their capacity for changing and re-inventing themselves; in other words my interest and passion has always been focused on what the urban literature calls ‘urban regeneration’ or ‘urban renaissance’. In my research on cities, I have discovered…

EVENT: The Housing Market Renewal programme in Northern England: Lessons from the past and challenges for the future.

Date: Friday 24th January 2014 Time: 15:00-17:00 Venue: CHANGED  to Room 916, ADAM SMITH BUILDING, University of Glasgow Speaker: Brendan Nevin – Director of North Housing Consulting, an independent research consultancy, he was formerly a Director of Nevin Leather Associates a Public Policy Consultancy. Brendan has been committed to improving the linkages between academic research…


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Questions for Scottish housing after a ‘yes’ vote

Prof. Ken Gibb, Professor in Housing Economics, Urban Studies  I have not yet read the White Paper (I suspect like many). I have read the short version and many post publication blogs. These have focused on the big questions regarding the currency, the EU and the policy pledges offered in the light of a ‘yes’…