University of Birmingham

The Institute of Advanced Studies

November 2013

I’m very pleased to announce the names of the first cohort of IAS Distinguished Visiting Fellows:

Sue is finalising dates and activity and their pages on our website will be updated regularly.

The fifty two IAS Workshops that we have run since June 2012 have been successful vehicles for inspiring collaboration and highlighting potential for major interdisciplinary projects. The application process is simple and decisions will be made within a week. Topics for workshops should be multi-disciplinary and bring together expertise from across the breadth of our University to address major cross-cutting ideas that are important, relevant and timely. Workshop leaders will be invited to meet with me in small groups to discuss possible approaches to facilitating the workshop. Please contact Sue Gilligan at if you’d like to discuss the application process and I am very much looking forward to receiving the next batch of ideas.

Malcolm Press


HS2 or What? Transport Choices and West Midlands Regeneration.
On 8th November 2013 at 4.00pm the distinguished geographer and planner Professor Sir Peter Hall will set some specific challenges for the West Midlands to a regional panel of interests and experts, chaired by Gisela Stuart before a wider discussion with the audience. Part of the Regeneration Economies theme, this debate seeks to discuss what the region needs for economic regeneration and how a sustainable transport system plays an important role in this. The event is free but booking is essential.


Urban Transformation and the city of Guangzhou:
Toward a Globalizing City?

On 27th November 2013, 17.00–18.00 Professor Zhangping Lin, School of Geographical Sciences Guangzhou University will identify and explore the different phases of urbanization that Guangzhou has undergone since 1978 with the opening-up of the Chinese economy. The analysis will focus on identifying initiating factors, opportunities, challenges and on understanding the current transformation that Guangzhou is experiencing. The event is free but booking is essential.
Urban Transformation and the city of Guangzhou.


The Kindertransport in History and Memory 4th December 2013
Part of the Saving Humans theme, this half day workshop aims to explore the theoretical and practical questions raised by academic study and representations of the Kindertransports through a dialogue between academics, survivors and practitioners. Full details and how to book are on our website The Kindertransport in History and Memory.


Saving Humans
The Saving Humans Blog is a great success and projects are already underway. Today we are pleased to open a second call for projects, initiatives and events; full details of this and how you can get involved with the blog are in this message from
Paul, Nick and Heather.

Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance ELRHA have recently launched a call under the Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) programme, funded by the Welcome Trust and the Department for International Development (DFID). The programme aims to improve health outcomes by strengthening the evidence base for public health interventions in humanitarian crises. Rapid Response Grants Facility call. ELRHA Secretariat will provide information on the eligibility of research email:

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