London Metropolitan University is proud to be delivering the 2020-21 Social Integration and Regeneration Learning Network, thanks to funding from the Greater London Authority (GLA).
Professor Diana Stirbu, who specialises in policy and governance at the School of Social Professions, will lead a team of experts across a range of academic disciplines to curate and deliver a programme of activities throughout 2020. Professor Stirbu said: “We’re delighted to deliver this innovative programme, and we are very proud of the significant work we have planned around social integration in London. This project speaks closely to London Met’s commitment to social inclusion and our ambitions to give back to the city by engaging with our local communities and partners. The COVID-19 crisis has challenged all aspects of our public lives and local authorities have been particularly hit by it. We will be supporting London borough’s regeneration teams to better understand these new challenges."
What is the Social Integration and Regeneration Network?
The Social Integration and Regeneration Learning Network brings together urban regeneration and social integration professionals, experts and academics with the aim to share and develop learning across London boroughs. Our primary focus is on providing space, time and skilled facilitation to local authority regeneration teams to come together and learn from one another. The network builds on the 2019 Social Integration Design Lab but also offers new opportunities and tools, so it is open to participants from the 2019 Lab as well as to local authority teams who are new to this programme.
Our forward programme
We see the learning network as more important than ever – the last few months have shown us how important the built environment is to community resilience and health. The network will explore what new challenges and opportunities the ‘new normal’ creates for social integration and regeneration, and how regeneration can improve social integration to support the recovery of London and ensure our city continues to reflect and be a home to all Londoners.
We will do this through an exciting programme of regular online workshops, peer exchange sessions, show and tell meetings and by curating a repository of useful training, tools and skill development resources. We are also committed to responding to participants’ needs and will curate our programme of events so that feedback is reflected in the sessions. More details coming soon.
How to join the network
To be contacted about upcoming network events, please register your interest or get in touch with us by sending your name, role and borough to:
Events and seminars from the Social Integration and Regeneration Learning Network
Racialising pandemics: lessons from history
Professors Louise Ryan and Don MacRaild explore the ways in which nations and their people have historically been stigmatised by disease.
Making a greener city through the civic inclusion of migrants
London Met research, which explores the opportunities for urban agriculture on the Bagmati riverbanks in Kathmandu, was named Frontiers of Architectural Research's best paper of 2020.
When objects in space collide
Dr Jon Tandy discussed his research on the processes that happen in high-speed collisions in solar systems on the Science Off Camera podcast.
Reducing malnutrition in children undergoing chemotherapy
A London Met-GOSH study aimed to find out how different types of feeding affected the weight of children experiencing mucositis as a result of chemotherapy.
Turkey and the Balkans: Europeanisation and De-Europeanisation
London Met lecturer to co-chair major conference.
The stigma and social impact of alcohol
London Met’s Professor Duncan Stewart and the University of York’s Professor Jim McCambridge outline the health, social, and economic complexities of alcohol use in a new editorial.
Understanding malnutrition in the elderly
Research by London Met found that malnutrition may not be accurately assessed in a care home environment, putting elderly residents at greater risk.
Establishing the societal effects of boxing
London Met's Dr Stephen Hills and co-author Dr Deborah Jump will present a report about the societal effects of boxing to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Boxing.
The living memory of cities
Nicholas Temple discusses London Met's new collaboration with industry to offer a series of events, launched with a lecture from eminent architectural scholar, Prof David Leatherbarrow.
New Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre launches seminar series
The programme of events was launched with a session on 'Thinking and practice on violence against women in the Global South.'
From Irish Fever to Chinese Flu: the racialisation of epidemics
A unique poetry evening on 3 December will consider the ways in which nations and their people are stigmatised by disease.
The agender agenda: understanding unisex fashion
Dr Aurore Bardey explores unisex clothing from the perspective of designers and consumers, and its historical context.
London Met academics present COVID-19 research to Lambeth Council
Researchers from across the University showcased the work they are doing to address the challenges of the pandemic.
London Met Professor nominated for major book award
Professor Alistair Ross's 'Finding Political Identities: Young People in a Changing Europe' has been nominated by his publisher for the Mackenzie Book Prize.