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Building community resilience through co-creation (Interurban Lines)

George Monbiot wrote that bottom-up community activism could be one of the ideas that prevent the further decay of UK communities. What he was referring to is a…

Why the counterculture matters to placemaking – Wally Hope and the free festivals (Interurban Lines)

With all the recent talk about the state of political resistance, it’s easy to forget alternative narrative of resistance – how the counterculture and alternative culture informs and…

The shape of things to come: Experts on future transport in 2017 (InMotion)

2016 was a breakthrough year for future transport and mobility. Among many other developments, car giants embraced new approaches to movement, magazines expanded their editorial remit to factor…

Lost governments of fragile reason (Sociological Imagination)

In the eve of the US election result in which Senator John Kerry lost to George Bush in 2004, Jonathan Raban wrote the following in his essay America’s…

Debtonating debt (E List)

My interview with Dan Edelstyn and Hilary Powell is on p.16-7.

Why is nightlife framed as a social problem in the UK? (Interurban Lines)

As is usual over the holiday period and New Year, new documents sealed as official secrets hit the headlines. This year, we got more information about the Thatcher…

Garden villages and groundhog days (Interurban Lines)

Garden villages or settlements are the latest wheeze by government aiming to solve the ‘housing crisis’. There have been six approved already; fourteen more announced this week, and…

The gender pay gap (Sociological Imagination)

In the last half-century, advanced industrial nations have seen immense changes in the position of women in society. They have caught up or overtaken boys in educational achievement….

The return of school discipline – why children should be free (Sociological Imagination)

No, not canes and shouting, but something altogether more subtle and certainly troubling. It has been reported that St George the Martyr Primary School in London  has a…

Alternate realities in the high street – a small psychogeography of gentrification in E17 (Interurban Lines)

Men shout at me as I take photos, the cars disrupt my frame, and the fumes choke my fragile lungs. I see Hoe Street through the lens of…