Introducing A New Literary Geography: The Digital Literary Atlas of Wales and its borderlands


In this talk, Dr Jon Anderson, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, will introduce an AHRC funded project which seeks to explore this potential through creating the Digital Literary Atlas of Wales and its Borderlands.

Governing urban futures: Smart cities and postcolonial urbanism in India


This event is aimed at urban geographers and planners, development geographers, and those who are interested in the postcolonial and smart urbanism.

Whatever happened to British economic geography? Reassessing its future role


The aim of this workshop is to discuss what can be done to ensure economic geography remains a critical sub-discipline in geography schools, and develops strong links with other social sciences.

Nature’s Futurism


Nature has often provided inspiration for design in the built environment – whether this be bionic, biomimetic, biomorphic or biophilic design. When it comes to cities and urbanism, we need to widen the perspective to include ‘bionomic’ or ecological equivalents, that see the city as a whole ecosystem, rather than as an individual organism or dealing with urban ‘organs’ or tissue. The time dimension then becomes particularly important, as we are dealing not simply with the formation of a discrete object like a building, with a finite date of completion, but an open-ended system. In fact there are different timescales going on simultaneously: one concerning the life cycles of individual buildings (cf organisms) and one concerning the longer term, open-ended urbanism (cf evolution). In this context, what are lessons from nature; or put another way, what is Nature’s Futurism? Drawing from recent research into biological and ecological analogues with urbanism, this talk by Dr Stephen Marshall, Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, focuses in particular on drawing lessons from self-organisation and evolution in nature, and how we may interpret urban change in terms of self-organisation and evolution, and hence how to consider the self-organising, evolutionary future of cities.

Annual Cardiff Case Studies Conference for Geography Teachers 2017


Academics at Cardiff University have developed the Cardiff Case Studies initiative to help our contemporary research inform and inspire the teaching of Geography in classrooms across the UK.