Time: 19:00-20:30 December 3, 2014
Location: D128, Geography and Environment Building, the South Campus of SYSU
Name: Prof. Cecilia Wong
Title: Director of Centre for Urban Policy Studies
Affiliation: The University of Manchester, UK
Cecilia Wong is a Professor of Spatial Planning and Director of CUPS. She is Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, member of the Economic and Social Research Council ESRC’s Grant Assessment Panel and member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. She has over 20 years’ research expertise on policy monitoring and analysis, strategic spatial planning, and urban and regional development policies. She has conducted major research projects for central government departments (particularly Department for Communities and Local Government DCLG and its predecessors), Joseph Rowntree Foundation, ESRC, Royal Town Planning Institute, Homes and Community Agency, and regional and local bodies. She was a commissioner of the UK Labour Party’s Lyons Housing Review (2014) and the Editor of Town Planning Review. She was previously a member of DCLG’s expert panel on housing and planning, an expert panel member of the European Commission’s Urban Audit II, and member of the UK 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (Environmental Panel) and 2014 Research Excellence Framework (Built Environment Panel).
Abstract: The strategic re-use of brownfield land for housing in the late 1990s in England, especially in northern England is a policy instrument introduced to achieve multiple sustainability and urban regeneration objectives. Likewise, the cleaning up of polluted water basin and the development of flagship projects in the associated brownfield land has been the pre-occupation of public-private partnership in the Mersey Basin. This presentation examines the impact of residential brownfield development in the most deprived urban areas in England during 2001–08. It then turns to examine the ingredients and key lessons learnt from public-private partnership working in cleaning up the River Mersey.