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Urban water economics – putting a value, price, and cost on natural resources

Environmental resource issues involving water need to consider third-party external costs (and benefits) – water pollution being one example. Natural resource economics can be applied to this issue and set in the context of water production and consumption in urban areas. Furthermore, the price, value, and cost of zero priced or ‘free’ natural resources such as water generate many complex economic and […]

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Motivations for energy efficiency refurbishment

              The existing housing stock needs substantial adaptation to meet national and international carbon reduction targets. The largest proportion of housing is owner-occupied, and will require improvement works which go beyond those measures provided through incentive programmes. Therefore, the motivation of owner-occupiers to perform more substantial energy efficiency refurbishments is […]

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Community self-build schemes enabling holistic solutions for ex-servicemen

              It is worth looking at the impact of community self-build schemes, especially as many have helped ex-service personnel rehabilitate whilst gaining new skills. Promotion of this type of scheme can encourage and inform future projects and to gain political and financial support. Schemes often involve ex-service personnel encountering difficulties in adapting […]

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Should developers pay for public goods and services ? The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

If the public purse is being squeezed we should start thinking about whether private resources should be used to fund public goods and services. When we start to ‘follow the money’ the fuzzy boundaries of public and private begin to emerge. With the rollout of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) administered by local authorities, this question […]

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Lessons need to be learned from Enterprise Zones and Empowerment Zones

  There is a need to learn lessons when using spatially targeted fiscal experiments if intervention is to generate wider developmental benefit. For Enterprise Zone concept in the UK (1981–2007) and an exported variant to the US, the Empowerment Zone programme (1993–2009) lessons can be drawn to inform the latest wave of Enterprise Zones in England (2011 to […]

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Do we need a prudential approach to financing urban development?

                  Th use of bonded financial mechanisms such as Tax Increment Financing (TIF) can lever renewal within a wider policy framework. In an era of low economic growth, straitened finance, and an increasing emphasis on the ‘local’, bonded finance over the long term could effectively smooth property market volatility that […]

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Tax Increment Financing (TIF) as an urban policy for spatially targeted economic development initiatives

Urban policy transfer between the US and UK has long been of interest to researchers and practitioners. Given the recent wider context of reduced direct funding and the absence of a coherent regeneration policy, the introduction of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to the UK is one approach of stimulating spatially targeted economic development initiatives. Questions are raised […]

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Socially Responsible Property Investment (SRPI) as the new sustainable development growth model

In examining the effectiveness of the investment practice known as ‘Socially Responsible Property Investment’ (SRPI), funds and developers make special claims for their regeneration schemes, namely, that they deliver enhanced social benefits. But what in regeneration practice distinguishes SRPI from the actual priorities and behaviours of investors and developers in the sub-sector? Plus what are SRPI regeneration schemes moving […]

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Low Demand Neighbourhoods – Housing Market Renewal Experience

I completed a PhD from the University of Manchester (2009), that predominantly focused on exploring the drivers and dynamics associated with what I termed ‘low demand neighbourhoods’ – those areas (particularly those in industrially restructuring cities) that have had high void rates, high population turnover, low value and heavy out-migration. Along side this was a […]

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Transcendental Meditation (TM)

          I have been practicing transcendental meditation (TM) for nearly 2 years. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made in improving many aspects of my life. A sense of calm, being centred, postive, focused and prioritising what matters have been a few benefits. After an initial induction […]

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