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Children most notable in national planning policies through their absence – what needs to change?

The Royal Town Planning Institute recently released ‘Child Friendly Planning In the UK: A Review‘, authored by Dr Jenny Wood of I-SPHERE and A Place in Childhood, and Dinah Bornat of ZCD Architects. The report examines planning policy and legislation at a national level across all four UK nations to assess the extent to which […]


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Winter newsletter

As Spring approaches, here is a round-up of what the I-SPHERE team have been up to over the winter months. Coronavirus Firstly we must start by sending our best wishes to all the partners that we work with at this difficult time, and acknowledge the huge pressures on frontline services in particular. Thank you for […]


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Cancelled I-SPHERE Seminar with Cameron Parsell

Dear All Just a note if you were planning to attend our I-SPHERE seminar on Monday (9th March), this has been cancelled.  Unfortunately Cameron is unable to join us from Australia, as his university has suspended non-essential international travel due to the Coronavirus. We apologise for any inconvenience and hope to reschedule a new date […]


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I-SPHERE seminar 26th February postponed

Dear All Just a note if you were planning to attend our I-SPHERE seminar tomorrow (26th February), this has been postponed.  We apologise for any inconvenience and we will post details of a new date soon along with further exciting additions to our programme.  Find out the latest at www.i-sphere.hw.ac.uk/seminars. Kind regards The I-SPHERE team


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I-SPHERE seminars – join the conversation

The I-SPHERE team are excited to be hosting a series of seminars with fantastic speakers over the next few weeks and months. On 26th February, Professor John McKendrick, Director the Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit (SPIRU) at Glasgow Caledonian University will be talking about his research on the impact of poverty on children’s play. […]


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I-SPHERE Seminars and PHD opportunities

Seminars The I-SPHERE seminar programme for 2020 starts on Wednesday 22nd January with Autumn Roesch-Marsh of Edinburgh University coming to Heriot Watt to talk about her research – Wellbeing and Transition: The needs of BME, migrant and refugee children and their families. The seminar takes place in Rm 1.08, the William Arrol Building, Heriot Watt […]


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I-SPHERE seminar series kicks off today

We are excited that the I-SPHERE seminar series kicks off again today with Claire Frew from the Glasgow Homelessness Network joining us to share her findings on Participatory Action Research: Supporting People with Lived Experience of Homelessness to Co-Deliver Research. The seminar takes place in 1.09 William Arrol, Heriot Watt University and everyone is welcome. […]


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I-SPHERE wins The Queen’s Anniversary Prize

The I-SPHERE team are delighted to have been nominated for and announced as one of the winners of The Queen’s Anniversary Prize 2019. Queen’s Anniversary Prizes are awarded once every two years in recognition of the outstanding work delivered by UK colleges and universities. Winning entries, awarded by The Queen on the advice of the […]


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State of Hunger

Yesterday The Trussell Trust published I-SPHEREs year 1 report on the State of Hunger research project. The State of Hunger is methodologically the most wide-ranging and robust inquiry into drivers of hunger in the country so far.  This is the  first annual report of the 3-year study. From the start, the study has been designed […]


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