Climate Futures

Climate Futures

August 16th 2010


Speaker: Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones

Where: Building W5C Room 232
Time: 1.00-2.00pm
Audience: Academics, Industry, Academics and Students

Abstract: This presentation considers the results of the UK Government's  foresight programme Land Use Futures project report, published in February 2010 of which the speaker was the lead expert and a co-author. The Land Use Futures project aimed to help policy makers understand whether existing land use patterns and practices are fit for the future and what actions
should be taken to ensure that land continues to be able to support life and deliver well-being. Taking a long-term perspective to 2060, the project looked at land use demands in the UK across all policy sectors against the backdrop of climate change, population increases, and an uncertain global economy.  The intention was to map all the expectations we have about the land in the UK and to ensure future government policy takes a deeper perspective of land capacity and to provide a smarter perspective of land use requirements.

Bio: Mark Tewdwr-Jones is Professor of Spatial Planning and Governance at University College London's Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning and UCL Urban Laboratory.  He is also UK Government Advisor on land use futures.  His background is in urban planning, politics and film, and his research interests comprise spatial development, politics, and public policy.

He has written eleven books, including The European Dimension of British Planning (2001), The Planning Polity (2002), Planning Futures (2002), Territory, Identity and Spatial Planning (2006), and Decent Homes for All(2007).  Two new books are currently in print: Urban and Regional Planning, a co-authored fifth edition of Sir Peter Hall's seminal work, and Urban Reflections: Narratives of Place, Planning and Change that takes an alternative look at the history of places using film and photography.

He has given speeches in over 30 countries and has advised ministers and officials in the UK and the devolved countries, and worldwide including Malta, South Korea, Australia, and the EU, on aspects of spatial planning, strategic visioning, economic growth and land use change.  In 2008-10, he was lead expert advisor to the UK Chief Scientist’s Foresight Land Use Futures project, a study of land use needs in the UK up to 2060.

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