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Research Project – Eco-urbanisation: promoting sustainable development in metropolitan regions of China

CUPS researchers had teamed up with colleagues from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and have been awarded a major ESRC grant under the ESRC China Urban Transformation call.  The project, led by Prof Cecilia Wong in Manchester and Prof Xiangzheng Deng at CAS, aims to deepen our understanding of the interactive processes between urban development, resource consumption, and environmental impacts, and to identify innovative practices and effective strategies to manage and plan for sustainable urbanisation in China.

The Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Metropolitan Region, the biggest urbanised region in Northern China, will be used as the case study area to examine the key research issues.

Nuno will be working on the development of models to simulate these integrated processes.

Research – COST TU1002, Junior Researchers Network, Summer Training School in Valença-Tui, Portugal-Spain

The Junior Researchers Network of the COST Action TU1002 “Accessibility Instruments for Planning Practice” will have their 2013 Summer Training School (STS) in Valença and Tui, in the Portuguese Spanish boarder along the Minho/Miño River.

Young researchers from Italy, Greece, Israel, UK, The Netherlands, Turkey, Poland, Spain, and Portugal will meet to address new planning challenges focusing on accessibility in the new spatial concept of an Eurocity, considering new regional strategies that emerge for Euroregions.

The case of Valença/Tui, a recently created Eurocity in the Euroregion Galicia/North of Portugal will the the case study for this STS that will occur from Junoe 9 to 14, 2013.