02 September 2011
Canterbury Christ Church University's Department of Geographical and Life Sciences has hosted a major international conference on urban transformations.
Professor Christian Matthiessen, President of the IGU’s Urban Geography Commission (left), Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Councillor Ian Thomas (centre) and Dr Dan Donoghue (right), Director of Urban and Regional Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University, at the opening ceremony.
The 38th Annual Meeting of the International Geographical Union’s Urban Geography Commission was attended by 50 experts on urban geography from over 20 countries around the world.
In previous years the week long event has been held in Tel Aviv, Hyderabad (India), Tunis, Guangzhou, Tokyo, Santiago de Compestela, Pretoria and Durban and Calgary.
Dr Dan Donoghue, Director of Urban and Regional Studies at the University, helped to organise the conference. He said: “It has been a great success, with some fantastic academic presentations. All the visitors have enjoyed the Canterbury experience and everyone has been delighted with the University, its facilities and our World Heritage City.
“It was a great privilege to be able to host such a prestigious organisation and event here at Christ Church.”
The Commission, which has affiliations with the United Nations, explores the emerging trends that are rapidly transforming the character of cities and their surrounding areas, and encourages geographical research on urban systems and new urban problems.
The Conference brings together academics from around the world to share their ideas and experiences in a different urban environment each year. This year’s conference concentrated on subjects including ‘Urban Regeneration in City Regions - From Small (Seaside) Towns to Metropolitan Mega Projects’; ‘Sustainable Cities: Socio, Economic, Political and Environmental Change’; ‘Problems of peripherality within City Regions’ and ‘History, Culture and Tourism: Sustainable Futures for Cities’.
The Conference was opened by the Lord of Mayor of Canterbury, Councillor Ian Thomas.
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services. With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.
- In 2010 the Faculty of Education received ‘outstanding’ grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
- 94 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
- Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
- Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college