SPEAX Seminar: Community Wellness and Liveable Cities

Thursday 27 February 2014, 1.30PM

Professor Ki Nam Jin and Dr Neil Lunt

The second SPEAX workshop of 2014 focused on the theme of ‘Community Wellness and Liveable Cities’ with an invited audience of researchers and postgraduate students.

The workshop was a return event, John Hudson having visited Seoul in December 2013 to participate in an interdisciplinary international conference on ‘Community Wellness and the Future of Cities’ organised to feed ideas into a project funded by the Korea Research Foundation on the topic of Liveable Cities headed by Professor Sung-Nam Cho of Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea. At that event John delivered a talk titled ‘The Role of Welfare States in Making Global Cities Liveable: Reflections on London’s Experiences’ 

In the return event SPEAX hosted a key member of the project team, Professor Kin Nam Jin of Yonseil University (Seoul, South Korea), who kicked off the workshop with a keynote talk in which he reported draft findings from the project. More specifically, as part of the study the research team has compiled a quantitative index that aims to provide proxy measures for liveability in a range of cities in South Korea and he reported on this dimension of the work in particular. The index includes a mixture of environmental, social and economic components.

Professor Jin’s talk was followed by presentations from University of York staff exploring aspects of liveability explored in recent and ongoing projects conducted in York. Mark Bevan (CHP - Centre for Housing Policy) reported findings from a recent project exploring 'lifetime neighbourhoods'. Carolyn Snell (SPSW & Centre for URBan research) reported from recent work on energy policy, fuel poverty and social exclusion. Lorraine Youds (Environment Department) outlined a recently established project on Cutting-Edge Approaches for Pollution Assessment in Cities (CAPACITIE) that includes an innovative doctoral programme exploring issues around urban pollution that includes Seoul Metropolitan Government amongst its partners. Roundtable discussions chaired by Neil Lunt and John Hudson drew together themes from across the different presentations.

Location: AC/209, Alcuin C