SURF Pamphlets2010 heralded the 10th Anniversary of the Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures at the University of Salford. To mark this occasion and our continued commitment to knowledge exchange, we produced three pamphlets around knowledge, innovation, cities and climate change.
The first of these pamphlets is entitled ‘Active Intermediaries for Effective Knowledge Exchange: Populating the ‘Missing Middle’. The pamphlet draws on extensive research and consultancy at city, regional, national and international levels to explore how the ‘missing middle’ in knowledge exchange can be addressed through the development of what we have termed ‘active intermediaries’. Active intermediaries seek to have a transformative effect on knowledge, providing intelligence in context, rather than simply channeling more and more information into organizations.
The second pamphlet has been designed to disseminate the SURF-Arup Framework for Urban Infrastructural Development. Drawing on an ESRC-Business Placement in Arup and SURF’s work on urban transitions and low carbon urban futures , the pamphlet outlines a 5-step framework that directly informs how effective transitions in urban infrastructure can be achieved. It identifies the strategic issues and practical steps involved in developing more integrated approaches to infrastructure in different cities.
The third pamphlet in SURF’s series is called Integrated Visions for Knowledge Cities. The pamphlet outlines the challenges facing cities as they seek to develop the knowledge, skills, capacities and capabilities to develop knowledge-based economies and societies. The pamphlet draws on work carried out across a range of projects on knowledge regions and cities, urban knowledge exchange and the future of universities.
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