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IPM joins forces with researchers at Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University has been appointed as a Partner Member of the Institute and will work with IPM on potential research collaborations with its Department of the Natural and Built Environment (NBE) and The Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR).

The three research groups will initially meet in late March to discuss common research interests and plan future outputs, looking specifically at potential events and research publications. Both NBE and CRESR are interdisciplinary groups with key crossovers with the work of IPM.

Shared interest in social and economic influences

NBE brings together experts including social scientists, architects and those involved in sustainable construction in developing multi-disciplinary research that seeks to understand and engage with the lived experience of change, uncertainty and the conflicted territories of sustainability and adaptations.

CRESR is a UK leading centre for research and evaluation in urban studies, public policy and planning. Collectively, researchers in the Centre seek to understand the impact of social and economic disadvantage on places and people, and assess critically the policies and interventions targeted at these issues.

The collaboration has been driven forward by Dr Jill Dickinson, who has been associated with IPM for a number years and has secured funding to explore impactful actions from the group.

IPM research lead Professor Gary Warnaby welcomes the new partnership:

“The IPM research team have recently agreed an overall structural framework to guide our research activities, which we have categorised into set themes. It will be great to learn how colleagues at Sheffield Hallam University may be able to complement and develop our themes, and develop a set of shared research priorities and initiatives that we can take forward together for our mutual benefit”

Rob Storrar, Head of Research at NBE shares the same enthusiasm for the joint work:

“Colleagues from Sheffield Hallam’s Department of the Natural and Built Environment and Centre for Economic and Social Research are looking forward to working collaboratively with the IPM to develop networks, pool expertise and develop opportunities for applied research across the field of place management.”

The groups’ first meeting (24th March) will kick off a number of scheduled activities. We look forward to updating members on the group’s progress next month.


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Formed in 2006, the Institute of Place Management is the international professional body that supports people committed to developing, managing and making places better.

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