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UPRISE, ELS and SHUSU Exploring Local & Regional Approaches to Ecology & Flooding

Irwell Flooding

Photo of a flooded Irwell by Dr Luke Blazejewski

Researchers from UPRISE are collaborating with colleagues from the School of Environment and Life Sciences, Research and Innovation and SHUSU (Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit) on a HEIF-funded project to explore local and regional approaches to ecology and flooding.  This project will involve engaging with organisations, agencies and communities in the Salford and wider Manchester region to understand how ecological principles can be applied to the issues surrounding floods, and the wider functioning of a city.  This diverse partnership draws from a pool of expertise, and demonstrates precisely the interdisciplinary approach required to look at 21st century urban issues – keeping in spirit with the ICZ strategy of the University of Salford.

Led by the Dean of School, Prof. Hisham Elkadi, the project will run until the end of July.  By strengthening partnerships with UPRISE across the university and beyond, this important area of study will provide a basis for a larger and longer term body of work which will evolve our thinking on cities and how they function, Dean of School, Prof. Hisham Elkadi says “Climate change results in more severe and more frequent adversial weather conditions.  Flood-control infrastructures in our contemporary cities are not reliable mitigation defenses in the face of climate change uncertainties. The aim of the project is to build-in ecological resilience measures to mitigate against flooding”

A series of workshops and interviews are being organised by UPRISE as part of the project.  UPRISE Research Fellow, Dr. Nick Davies, described the co-creation approach of the project: ‘The workshops will provide a platform for organisations involved in various sectors concerned with flood resilience to interact, and be involved in designing and sharpening the key research focus of this project.’


SHUSU Student wins Green Gown Award

Danielle Butler

Danielle Butler

Established in 2004, the Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities, colleges and the learning and skills sectors across the UK and Ireland as the education sector leads a path to efficiency, employability and better quality of life for us all.

The education sector is a critical player in ensuring the next generation is equipped with the skills and experience required to provide a sustainable future. The Green Gown Awards celebrate pioneers that are taking the bold steps that are necessary to develop resilience and adaptability and to showcase the education sector’s contribution to society.

Danielle Butler, PhD candidate in the Sustainable Housing and Urban Studies (SHUSU) unit, won in the Student Research category for her research which explored fuel poverty among young adult households. She was one of only three student research project finalists. You can watch a video about Danielle here.

The judging panel consisted of over 80 representatives from the diversity of the education sector and experts in the various fields, including Universities UK, Department of Energy and Climate Change, PwC, WWF and the United Nations Environment Programme.

The University of Salford also won for the Castle Irwell Flood Basin Project for the best Community award and was shortlisted with the Choose reUSe project in the Facilities and Services category.

For more information on the Green Gown Awards please contact Rebecca Bennett on 54071.


Oxfam and DWP Livelihoods Training Evaluation

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Dr Lisa Scullion and Dr Mark Wilding are leading an evaluation for Oxfam Wales and the DWP of their innovative Livelihoods Training Project.  The overall aim of the Livelihoods Project is to embed understandings of poverty within the DWP service across Wales, to enable DWP staff to better understand the needs of service users, and consequently be better placed to provide appropriate support and solutions to meet their needs. It is hoped that this more personalised approach will reduce the need for sanctions and improve outcomes in terms of sustainable employment.

Lisa and Mark will be leading a mixed methods evaluation over a 12 month period involving analysis of existing project data, surveys of staff and service users and qualitative case studies in selected geographical areas. The evaluation sits within SHUSUs dedicated Work and Welfare work stream, and builds on Lisa’s involvement in a large ESRC funded project focusing on Welfare Conditionality. Lisa said:

“This represents an exciting new partnership for SHUSU but is also a recognition not only of our expertise in relation to evaluation methods, but also our expertise in relation to welfare reform and the evolving welfare agenda. The Welfare Conditionality project has found that the support provided to benefit claimants is often very limited and unable to meet the varied and sometimes complex needs of some claimants. We are therefore really pleased to be involved in a project that aims to improve the experiences of claimants”.


Fuel Poverty Research Network Autumn Meeting

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Fuel Poverty Research Network Autumn Meeting

10am – 4:30pm, 1st November, Media City

 

The second meeting of the Fuel Poverty Research Network (FPRN) is being held on 1st November. It is hosted by the Sustainable Housing and Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU), University of Salford on the University’s campus. The event will incorporate the autumn meeting of the Association of Local Energy Officers North West and include a presentation on their activities.

With the theme ‘Fuel Poverty: Telling the Story’ this interactive session will look at creative ways of understanding and sharing experiences of fuel poverty and learning from some inspiring projects from Greater Manchester and beyond. It is an opportunity to learn about new and creative ways of communicating research and maximising impact, and to be part of a growing network working on this important issue.

The day runs from 10am to 4:30pm and has presentations in the morning followed by an interactive session in the afternoon.

More information and registration at

http://www.fuelpovertyresearch.net/november2016/

Any questions, please contact Graeme at g.sherriff@salford.ac.uk


Funding secured to evaluate services for homeless and vulnerable people

manDr Lisa Scullion at the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) has been successful in securing funding to evaluate services for homeless and vulnerable people for Riverside Derby and Justlife.

The Riverside project represents the continuation of an existing relationship with the organisation established through a number of previous projects. Riverside are one of the leading registered providers of social housing in the UK and our evaluation focuses specifically on the effectiveness of their current supported housing services in Derby from the perspective of both service users and service providers. Read more…..