sharing futures summer school

24th - 26th August, 2015 

‘Sharing Futures’ Summer School:
Interdisciplinarity and intergenerationality in planning sustainable urban environments
University of Birmingham, UK

On 24th – 26th August, 2015 the University of Birmingham hosted the ‘Sharing Futures Summer School’ with a focus on interdisciplinarity and intergenerationality in planning sustainable urban environments. Aimed at postgraduate students and early-career researchers, this three day event included keynote talks from academics and practitioners, a fieldtrip exploring sustainable urban environments in the Midlands and lots of opportunity for discussing the water/energy nexus from a diversity of approaches.

Speakers included:

Dr Rosie Day, GEES, University of Birmingham Power to the (older) people! Ageing, energy demand and intergenerational responsibility

Søren Nordal Enevoldsen, Founder, SNE Architects, Denmark “When the rain comes" - Climate adaptation as a strategic design tool

Professors Jose Perrella Balastieri, Rubens Alves Dias and Mateus Vilanova, Departments of Energy and Electrical Engineering, Universidade Estadual Paulista – UNESP, Brazil The engineering approach for water and energy questions

Associate Professor Maarten Wolsink, Associate Professor of Environmental Geography, University of Amsterdam Institutional Conditions for Microgrids: Social Acceptance of Integrating Distributed Generation and Land Use Required for the Infrastructure

Govert Geldof, Geldof C.S., The Netherlands The beauty of practice

Dr. Sophie Hadfield-Hill (University of Birmingham); Professor Peter Kraftl (University of Birmingham); Dr. John Horton (University of Northampton) Community participation and engagement in research on sustainable urbanism

Dr. Janet Jackson (University of Northampton); Philip Bowsher (Head of Landscape, Strategy and Development, The Parks Trust) and Henk van Aswegen (Director, MKCDC) all participated in the field trip to 'sustainable' urban communities in the English Midlands.