The proposal by Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, for North-South and East-West protected cycle tracks has drawn attention to cycle danger reduction in the UK, an area in which the country lags behind best practice. Cycling in London has doubled in the last 10 years, but research by Transport for London (TfL) suggests that this is merely existing cyclists making more trips. The same report identifies the Continue reading
The text forms the starting point for a forthcoming panel at the Continue reading
Stereotypes of Caribbean societies tend to focus more towards beach and weather matters, and cultural skills in the recording studio or on sports fields. Caribbean societies, however, are among the most urbanised, and arguably violent, places on earth. United Nations and World Bank reports over the last five years have systematically revealed urban violence to be the major Continue reading
The urban Caribbean, and particularly downtown neighbourhoods of the Jamaican capital city, Kingston, have generated contrasting, and iconic, images for local, diasporic and global audiences: localised artistic, sporting and entrepreneurial creativity shape contemporary global tastes; strong state and neighbourhood leaderships brought communities through the Continue reading
Funding for postgraduate studies is making the news. Innovative entrepreneur, Juan Guerra, has recently been awarded a Centenary Venture Award by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (the RSA) for devising Studentfunder, an online means for facilitating the costs of post-graduate study and the pursuit of further professional education. Guerra recognised the paucity of funding for financing further studies, as have many Universities in the UK, and beyond.
Universities and some educational funding bodies have increasingly focused on raising scholarships to assist postgraduate research, but this Continue reading
Social equity has to be at the heart of any vision of sustainable urbanism.
There is also a balance to be struck between ‘freedom’ (whether market or individual) and necessary constraints if sustainability is to be an attainable goal. In the following piece, I explore one issue that at the very least should raise questions about social equity and the sustainability of Continue reading