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Graeme Evans awarded AHRC UK-Dutch Research Network grant
Smart Cities and Waste

Graeme Evans awarded AHRC UK-Dutch Research Network grant

Graeme Evans has been awarded a 2 year Cross-Disciplinary Research Network grant by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Working with Dr Alex Plows from Bangor University, this UK-Dutch collaboration will include artist Irene Janze (Buro jan-ZE, Amsterdam) and environmental scientist , James Baker (Selor EEIG, Netherlands).
The aim of the Network is to develop a forum for knowledge exchange and debate across art & humanities and science disciplines and subject areas, with a common focus on waste management and innovation in cities. This will seek to develop responses to the questions: how can creative approaches inform waste management innovation techniques and processes; how does place - local context, identity, culture, governance - make a difference to waste generation, waste innovation delivery and uptake; and finally, what is the role of artists and designers in the mediation and interpretation of urban waste scenarios?
An interdisciplinary network of Europe-wide academics, artists, urban designers, scientists, practitioners, stakeholders, and end-users will be established. Over two years we will stage workshops in four European cities - Amsterdam, Maastricht, London, and Bangor in Wales - to explore and develop ideas and possible solutions, and also run a number of 'pop-up' world café events piloting arts-based approaches to public engagement and waste. A 'wiki style' open source website will provide network support at: http://www.smartcitiesandwaste.com/doku.php?id=start
 
For further details and to participate in the network and workshops, please contact g.evans[at]mdx.ac.uk.