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  1. 1. Managing Environmental Change at the Rural Urban Fringe<br />
  2. 2. What is the RUF?<br />“The fringe is not just the place where town meets country but a collection of dynamic and productive environments set in inspiring cultural landscapes, meeting the needs of both the present and helping to change the way we live in the future”. <br />Spedding 2004:1<br />
  3. 3. Differing perspectives<br />
  4. 4. Planning views of the RUF? <br /><ul><li>Misunderstood space (Gallent et al 2006)
  5. 5. A transition phase/edge which is largely placeless? (Qvistrom, 2005)
  6. 6. Metaphor of the fringe as a ‘weed’ (Cresswell 1997)
  7. 7. Battleground between urban and rural uses (Hough, 1990)
  8. 8. “Landscape out of order” (Qvistrom 2007)</li></li></ul><li>Identity <br />Multiple identities <br />RUF as spaces crossing boundaries <br />RUF as the space of management or planning <br /> RUF as imagined and contested space(s) by different stakeholders <br />RUF as a process shaped by a range of policy drives/drivers <br />
  9. 9. Fringe problem <br />Forgotten zone <br />Zone of expansion and change but also fossilisation and preservation <br />Zone lacking any explicit champion<br />Zone lacking detailed insight into people who live and work there <br />Zone of challenge and opportunity....... <br />
  10. 10. The Team<br />Prof Alister Scott PI<br />Dr Mark Reed CI<br />Prof Richard Coles CI<br />Dr Nick Morton CI<br />Dr Rachel Curzon CI<br />Nicki Schiessel CI<br />Claudia Carter CI<br />Ben Stonyer RA <br />Prof Boyd (Adviser)<br />Prof Larkham (Adviser) <br /><ul><li>David Collier NFU CI
  11. 11. David Jarvis DJA Consultants CI
  12. 12. Ruth Waters/Andrew Hearle Natural England CI
  13. 13. Karen Leach/Chris Crean Localise West Midlands CI
  14. 14. Miriam Kennet Green Economics Institute CI
  15. 15. Keith Budden Birmingham Environment Partnership CI
  16. 16. Bob Forster West Midlands Rural Affairs Forum CI
  17. 17. Mark Middleton Worcestershire County Council CI</li></li></ul><li>Building on this foundation <br />Our research aims to improve theoretical lens through which we can view both the processes, drivers and dynamics of change in the RUF using the lenses of;<br />Spatial Planning<br />Ecosystem Services<br />
  18. 18. The Project Path<br />
  19. 19. Spatial Planning and Ecosystem Services Convergence <br /><ul><li>Soup bowl not a salad bowl </li></li></ul><li>Areas identified as crucial to the RUF Agenda<br />Spatial Planning and Ecosystem Services; uniting theories and practice<br />A long term perspective<br />Connectivity: Partnerships in Green-Grey-Blue Infrastructure Planning<br />Contested Values and Decisions<br />
  20. 20. Workshops <br />West Midlands Rural Affairs Forum Improving decision making for the sustainable management of the rural-urban fringe 25 participants<br />Green Economics Institute Long Termism in the Built Environment: the Rural Urban Fringe and Land Use, 65 participants <br />Birmingham Environmental Partnership (+ Sustainability West midlands + Chamber of Commerce) Bridging the rural urban divide through green economic opportunities for Birmingham and our Local Enterprise Partners (environmental governance); 88 participants <br />Localise West Midlands Meeting local needs with local resources in the rural urban fringe 15 participants <br />BCU Learning the lessons from Strategic planning: resurrecting institutional memories 14 participants <br />Forest Research Values and Decision making 8 participants <br />
  21. 21. In action <br />
  22. 22. Outputs <br />Policy Briefs <br />Spatial Planning and Ecosystem Services<br />Long Termisim – Temporal Perspectives<br />Partnerships in Green-Grey-Blue Infrastructure planning<br />Values and decision making<br />Culminating in overarching principles to manage change to best advantage <br />Distilled through booklets and the final conference to target <br />Policy makers from national – local levels<br />Companies/organisations/charities who deal with RUF related issues<br />Communities via the localism and Big Society agendas <br />
  23. 23. How the IBDA couldbecome involved?<br />Case studies North Worcester <br />How IBDA will work as a whole landscape scale approach <br />Linkages with SP and ES <br />For further information please visit:<br />http://www.bcu.ac.uk/research/-centres-of-excellence/centre-for-environment-and-society/projects<br />