The University and the City (Regions and Cities)
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Universities are being seen as key urban institutions by researchers and policy makers around the world. They are global players with significant local direct and indirect impacts – on employment, the built environment, business innovation and the wider society. The University and the City explores these impacts and in the process seeks to expose the extent to which universities are just in the city, or part of the city and actively contributing to its development.
The precise expression of the emerging relationship between universities and cities is highly contingent on national and local circumstances. The book is therefore grounded in original research into the experience of the UK and selected English provincial cities, with a focus on the role of universities in addressing the challenges of environmental sustainability, health and cultural development. These case studies are set in the context of reviews of the international evidence on the links between universities and the urban economy, their role in ‘place making’ and in the local community.
The book reveals the need to build a stronger bridge between policy and practice in the fields of urban development and higher education underpinned by sound theory if the full potential of universities as urban institutions is to be realised. Those working in the field of development therefore need to acquire a better understanding of universities and those in higher education of urban development. The insights from both sides contained in The University and the City provide a platform on which to build well founded university and city partnerships across the world.
the urban university as semicloistered heterogeneity in the midst of uncloistered heterogeneity (that is to say, the city . . . ). Because of this difference, relations between the two are necessarily tense, and they cannot be assimilated into one another. To do so, either practically or conceptually, is to empty each of its distinctive cultural meaning and to falsify the sociology of each. (Bender 1988b: 290; emphasis in original) Innovation and economic development 49 Just as the regional
North West (Manchester) University of Manchester University of Liverpool University of Salford Manchester Metropolitan University University of Bolton North East (Newcastle) Newcastle University University of Durham Northumbria University University of Sunderland University of Teesside Yorkshire and the Humber (Sheffield) University of Leeds University of Sheffield University of York Sheffield Hallam University Research Teaching 3rd stream Total Research Widening Teaching HEIF total
of initiatives that kept the pot boiling and kept people talking, that raised the profile where politically it would be easy to forget about it, and with the RDA in control . . . that it didn’t allow pure economic driven policy to dominate. [Interviewee, the University of Salford, 01/04/11] As these quotes allude to, the establishment of AGMA Commissions for the New Economy and the Environment amongst others created alternative institutional vehicles in a similar space to that occupied by M:KC.
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