Rural urban Fringe Presentation to Malmo

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  • Taken images out as too clattered / busy background. This then also standardises the videos with none having a front image
  • So I want to briefly unpack our conceptual approach regarding the convergence of spatial planning and ecosystems approaches. Currently pursued as separate paradigms with their own institutional champions and policy responses.
  • Use of the word fuzzy signifies soft and fluid boundaries of the RUFImportant addition to many definitions by looking at the people who shape the area. See RUF defined by nature/interests of people who live there as much as land uses. This brings into RUF zone commuter areas in what might have been seen as previously rural.
  • Today the RUF is at the heart of a media frenzy associated with the Coalition governments ideas for planning reform with a presumption in favour of development. Fears of a free for all by the national trust RSPB and others reflect the lack of strategic planning in such areas with all too often an urban focus for such spaces. Yet there are alternative views based on more localised solutions involving environmental solutions from rural traditions Ultimately there are many contested ideas of what these areas should be used for ; hence the need for proactive responses.
  • Having built a team uniting academics and policy practitioners we effectively Our starting point involved individual reflective pieces drawing on experiences of Spatial Planning and the Ecosystem Approach. Despite their different foundations and philosophies the rhetoric has remarkable convergence . These terms emerging from a contents analysis of the reflective pieces form the starting point from which our resultant framework was produced .”
  • Vertical integration: (also international/global perspective e.g. in terms of climate change / CO2 and other gases)Horizontal integration: Priorities and framing of criteria/themes may change over time (new situations, knowledge, insights, identified needs)
  • Focus on the North Worcestershire visioning exercise. 16 representatives across business, community and environmental sectors. Aim to assess the RUF personality past present and future. As a group to share their experiences within a facilitated exchange.
  • These are photos of the viewpoints. Vp 1 was on level 5 of Grosvenor House in Redditch with fantastic views out the Western edge of Redditch Bromsgove boundary.
  • The method built on work that i did in 2004 for the Welsh Assembly (what kind of countryside do we want) At each viewpoint we split the group up into 3 and led separate discussions about the RUF past, present and future. The talks were taped and transcribed and also each member was given a notebook to put down their views including those voiced and unvoiced. Each view was on a separate page of paper so as you can see we had a debreif session at the end where everybody could see the range of resposnes at each site across all groups. (also had a nice cream tea!)
  • These videos are useful learning aids to help people get the maximum enjoyment from the game. For A level geography the first video is essential viewing.
  • Rural urban Fringe Presentation to Malmo

    1. 1. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Managing Environmental Change in the rural urban fringe Alister Scott Professor of Environment and Spatial Planning David Collier : Head of Rural Affairs National Farmers Union Claudia Carter, Richard Coles, Chris Crean, Rachel Curzon, Bob Forster, Nick Grayson, Andrew Hearle, David Jarvis, Miriam Kennet, Peter Larkham, Karen Leach, Mark Middleton, Nick Morton, Mark Reed, Nicki Schiessel, Ben Stonyer, Ruth Waters and Keith Budden
    2. 2. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Plan (to boldly go) 1. Uncover Interdisciplinary Investigations 2. Re-discover the rural urban fringe : 3. Share Fringe Stories – Opportunity spaces – Agriculture in the fringe 4. Learn lessons
    3. 3. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Interdisciplinary Investigations
    4. 4. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme • Rural Economy and Land Use Programme. • Joining up the pieces – “enables researchers to work together to investigate the social, economic, environmental and technological challenges faced by rural areas. – ......... encourage social and economic vitality of rural areas and promote the protection and conservation of the rural environment The Relu programme Building interdisciplinarity across the rural domain
    5. 5. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Rural-urban fringe as interdisciplinary space SPACE where town and countryside meet land use interests values • Research team perspectives of the rural urban fringe. • (1.40-3.24 )
    6. 6. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme The problem/opportunity • Dominant form of land use in 21 C • Forgotten space • Urban-centric or rural centric space? • Contested stakeholder views • Reactive or proactive space. Building interdisciplinarity across the rural domain
    7. 7. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Our Response • New way of doing research • Building new model of interdisiciplinarity • Bridging the town – countryside divide • Cross boundaries Building interdisciplinarity across the rural domain
    8. 8. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Crossing boundaries  Birmingham City University - Birmingham School of the Built Environment  University of Aberdeen - Aberdeen Centre for Environmental Sustainability  Forest Research  National Farmers Union  David Jarvis Associates  Natural England  Localise West Midlands  Green Economics Institute  Birmingham Environment Partnership  West Midlands Rural Affairs Forum  Worcestershire County Council  West Midlands Regional Assembly
    9. 9. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Doing Interdisciplinarity • Securing involvement costs • Using experience and expertise of team members • Thought pieces across rural urban divide • Spatial Planning (urban) • Ecosystem Approach (rural) Building interdisciplinarity across the rural domain
    10. 10. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Uniting natural and built environment paradigms 1 Building interdisciplinarity across the rural domain
    11. 11. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Uniting built and natural environment paradigms 2 EUROCITIES (2004) The Pegasus files: a practical guide to integrated area-based urban planning EUROCITIES, Brussels
    12. 12. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Pragmatic Interdisciplinarity • Thoughtpieces translated into one paper with options • Critical explorations of SP and EA to identify common principles. Building interdisciplinarity across the rural domain
    13. 13. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Spatial Planning /Ecosystem Approach  Culture change  New ways of thinking  Holistic frameworks  Cross-sectoral  Multi-scalar  Negotiating  Enabling  Long term perspective  Assets  Connectivity  Governance  Inclusivity  Equity/Justice  Regulation  Market-solutions
    14. 14. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Achieving Interdisciplinarity • Select simple and understandable concepts for both • New ‘glasses’ to assess the rural urban fringe • Built into research from outset Building interdisciplinarity across the rural domain
    15. 15. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Building interdisciplinarity across the rural domain
    16. 16. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme • Time – Long-term (50-100 years) – Visions – Learning lessons from the past • Connections – Flows and linkages vs Place – Identify Relationships and dependencies • Values – Core values and belief systems – Professionals (Planner, Environmentalist) and Publics Unpacked Building interdisciplinarity across the rural domain
    17. 17. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme “It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data” Arthur Conyan Doyle Scandal in Bohemia Evidence Building interdisciplinarity across the rural domain
    18. 18. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme New evidence • The data collected and discussed in workshops and field visits provides the questions that make up Rufopoly Building interdisciplinarity across the rural domain
    19. 19. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Workshops • Used networks within research team • Workshop title addressed their key concerns/expertise • Low tech interactive approach Building interdisciplinarity across the rural domain
    20. 20. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Workshops • Each workshop had report produced • All respondents circulated with requests for further feedback and responses • Final report. Building interdisciplinarity across the rural domain
    21. 21. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Visioning
    22. 22. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme • Hampton (Peterborough) 12 participants • Worcestershire 16 participants (landscape scale) • Transect - making a journey across a RUF – To experience/assess the different ‘personalities’ within the RUF – To share knowledge, experience and expertise looking at the RUF past, present and future Field based Visioning exercise Building interdisciplinarity across the rural domain
    23. 23. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Hampton – Urban Extension Building interdisciplinarity across the rural domain
    24. 24. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Hampton transects Building interdisciplinarity across the rural domain
    25. 25. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme North Worcester: Landscape scale Building interdisciplinarity across the rural domain
    26. 26. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Worcester Transects Building interdisciplinarity across the rural domain Viewpoint 1 Viewpoint 2 Viewpoint 3
    27. 27. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Building interdisciplinarity across the rural domain
    28. 28. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Outputs Building interdisciplinarity across the rural domain
    29. 29. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme • Re-discovering the RUF • Reconnecting the urban and rural divide • Improving connections by crossing boundaries 2.19 • Adapting for the long-term • Managing contested values Each of these themes is developed in a video activated by the hyperlink To boldly go ………. Videoing in the fringe Building interdisciplinarity across the rural domain
    30. 30. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Maximising engagement in the fringe
    31. 31. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme • Valuable learning/development of our team through research • Rethink ‘urban’ and ‘rural’ polarisation • Rethink rural urban fringe as key opportunity space not just battleground for development • Promote more experiments to realise full potential of fringe • Beware planners quest for order may remove the very essence that makes the fringe unique Reflections Building interdisciplinarity across the rural domain
    32. 32. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Conclusions • Start of a research, policy and practice journey • Disciplinary silos can inhibit progress in the fringe • We need to experiment and take risks • We need better engagement with publics over kind of fringe they want

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