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Place Matters When Improving Resilience to Flooding

Research by a team of geographers at the University of Exeter, published this summer and launched at the RGS-IBG, shows that understanding the significance of place to communities and individuals is important when considering how to adapt to the risks of flooding and build resilience to future flood events. The attachment felt by people to places can lead to a desire to maintain particular

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Preparing for Winter Floods: the National Flood Resilience Review – September 2016

Earlier this month the Government published the results of the first stage of its review examining how the UK can be better protected from future flooding and extreme weather events. The ‘National Flood Resilience Review’ (NFRR) began in January, initially chaired by Oliver Letwin MP in his then position as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. Led from the Cabinet

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Rescaling the UK’s Energy System: 29 November

Rescaling the UK’s energy system Tuesday 29 November Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR This event is delivered in partnership with the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC)     The UK Government’s overriding priorities with regards to energy policy are to deliver secure, reliable, clean, affordable energy. Delivering on these priorities presents policy-makers in Government with a ‘trilemma’: how

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Nexus thinking

‘Nexus thinking‘- focusing on the interdependencies, tensions and trade-offs between systems, and treating challenges as interconnected rather than separate, is the focus of this year’s Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference on 30 August to Friday 2 September 2016 bringing together over 1600 geographers from around the world. The theme was chosen by Professor of Human Geography and conference

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Discussion on ‘Brexit’ informed by the latest geographical research

On 23 June, the UK electorate voted to leave the European Union. With voter turnout exceeding 70 per cent, a majority (52 per cent) elected to leave as opposed to 48 per cent who voted to remain. We’ve brought together commentary informed by geographers and the latest geographical research. Cartogram Special – Brexit, Geographical magazine, 29 June 2016 Dr Benjamin

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What London renters want

A recent national survey of more than 1000 tenants across Britain, (Endsleigh Insurance, June 2016) found that the top priorities for renters in London were: Realistic rent prices (71%) Wifi and broadband pre-installed (37%) A professional cleaner used before moving in (29%) David Hadden, Head of property at Endsleigh Insurance said “Tenants are showing more authority than they previously did,

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Solving London’s housing crisis: moving on from the status quo

The RGS-IBG ran a public discussion ‘Life off the Ladder’ on 15 June looking at whether long-term renting and alternative housing options could ever be sustainable alternatives to home-ownership in the UK. David Ireland OBE, Director, Building and Social Housing Foundation says in this guest blog that policy-makers should also question the status quo of owner occupation. “The RGS-IBG 21st

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21CC Policy Forum considers how to tackle London’s housing crisis

Professor Chris Hamnett, chair of Monday 20th June’s 21st Century Challenges: Policy Forum event on London’s housing crisis, provides his views on the main points he considers arose from the discussion, and the implications of these for policy. The new Mayor of London has committed to an ambition to provide 50,000 new homes a year in the capital, with the

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