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Oxford University Gazette, 17 December 2009: Notices


Oxford Call for Proposals: 'The Flexible City'

The Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities has launched a research focus and call for proposals on 'The Flexible City'. The programme uses the concept of 'The Flexible City' as a jumping-off point to investigate the ways in which cities can meet the challenges of the next fifty years.

In particular, the programme looks at three interconnected topics: networks, places and structures; environment, technology and economy; and government, business and civil society, with a focus on the implications these have for decision-making in boardrooms, communities, and city and national governments, in the next five to ten years and beyond.

Call for proposals

The programme is looking to funding individual projects on the Flexible City for up to £50,000. The deadline for submission is 29 January 2010. The call is open to all members of the University and Oxford Brookes University, as well as collaborative projects. Though this first call for proposals is limited to Oxford, we hope to engage with city stakeholders and other interested parties in a variety of ways throughout the programme and would welcome their interest.

The call looks to sponsor research that is both of a high intellectual standard and of practical value to business, community and political leaders, and practitioners involved in shaping the future of cities globally. The programme places a high value on research that is multidisciplinary, fosters networks of scholarship, and seeks to establish connections with institutions outside of academia.

pThere is a total of £250,000 to be used in 2010–11 as seed money for short-term research projects (typically less than one year). Further details and criteria can be found in the call for proposals documentation (available on the programme Web site—see below).

Partners and funding

This multi-year, multi-sponsor initiative is led by the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society at the Saïd Business School, and guided by a Steering Committee which includes representatives drawn from the following institutions: the James Martin Twenty-first Century School; the Saïd Business School; the Environmental Change Institute; the Institute for Carbon and Energy Reduction in Transport; the International Migration Institute; the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society; the Oxford Institute of Ageing; the Oxford Institute of Retail Management; and the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (Oxford Brookes University).

The research is funded by the Centre for Studies in Property Valuation and Management Trust with matched funding from Dr James Martin. We are continuing to pursue further funding to expand and extend the programme's scope and research projects.

Further information is available from the project Web site,, or from Anne-Marie McBrien, Research and Projects Manager, Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (telephone: Oxford (2)88486, e-mail:

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Reconferments of the Title of Visiting Professor

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board has reconferred the following titles of Visiting Professor:

Physics: PROFESSOR JOCELYN BELL BURNELL, B.SC Glas, PH.D Camb, for three years from 1 January 2010.

Physics: PROFESSOR RICHARD ELLIS, B.SC Lond, D.PHIL Oxf, for three years from 1 October 2009.

Engineering Science: DR ROGER GUNN, B.SC PH.D Warw, for three years from 1 January 2010.

Physics: PROFESSOR ANTHONY READHEAD, B.SC Witwatersrand, PH.D Camb, for three years from 1 October 2009.

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