Future Places: A Digital Economy Centre on Understanding Place Through Pervasive Computing

Lead Research Organisation: Lancaster University
Department Name: Computing & Communications

Abstract

The Future Places Centre will explore how ubiquitous and pervasive technologies, the IoT, and new data science tools can let people reimagine what their future spaces might be. Today, the footprint of such systems extends well beyond the work environments where they first showed themselves and are now, quite literally, ubiquitous. Combined with advances in data science, particularly in the general area of AI, these are enabling entirely new forms of applications and expanding our understanding of how we can shape our physical spaces. The result of these trends is that the potential impact of these systems is no longer confined to work settings or the scientific imagination; it points towards all contexts in which the relationship between space and human practice might be altered through digitally-enabled comprehension of the worlds we inhabit.

Such change necessitates enriching the public imagination about what future places might be and how they might be understood. In particular, it points towards new ways of using pervasive technologies (such as the IoT), to shape healthy, sustainable living through the creation of appropriate places. To paraphrase Churchill: if he said we make our buildings, and our buildings come to shape us, the Future Places centre starts from the premise that new understanding of places (enabled by pervasive computing, data science and AI tools), can be combined with a public concern for sustainability and the environment to help shape healthier places and thus make healthier people.

It is thus the goal of the centre to reimagine and develop further Mark Weiser's original vision of ubiquitous computing. As it does this so it will cohere Lancaster's pioneering DE projects and create a world-class interdisciplinary research endeavour that binds Lancaster to the local community, to industry and government, making the North West a test-bed for what might be.

Planned Impact

The Future Places Centre will be driven by an impact agenda - aiming to transform the way we think about the spaces we live in. Its premise is that ubiquitous and pervasive technologies, the IoT, and new data science tools, can let people reimagine what their future spaces might be. For this to occur, it is necessary that research facilitate academic and public discourse on the possibilities of future places and deepen comprehension of what these might be.

This proposition will be tested and made real through a series of long-term thematic case studies. Each will have a particular focal point, enabling in-depth investigation and practical impacts that can anchor more widespread research. Underpinning these will be innovative ubiquitous computing tools and techniques that provide the knowledge necessary for evolving future places.

The first domain of impact will be the natural environment, i.e. investigating the ecology of the North West coastal area to unfold the complex entanglements of human practice and the environment. Through a series of public engagement workshops and design processes, this theme will make visible that relationship to the public at large and a particular focus of this impact will be in the design and didactic role of Eden North and other longer-term transformative projects on the Bay area.

The second domain of impact will be the built environment. This will have as its focal point various new housing developments in the North West. The ambition behind these is to develop new housing community models that place environmentally sustainable living alongside reconfigured infrastructures. Through series of public engagement workshops and design processes (with local stakeholders ranging from developers through to planners and the potential occupants of these new settings), we will share information about the built environment enabled by IoT and data science and thus impact upon the future form of these developments.

Finally, we will impact through changing health outcomes. This is a bold ambition but we believe we can achieve this through using prior DE project insights to help exploit technology to evidence the relationship between space and human health outcomes. The focal point for this research is the development of the Health Innovation Campus at the University which will house the medical school alongside new 'healthy living' businesses and start-ups. It is expected that these will drive new directions for collaboration with the centre.

The aim is for the impact of the centre to go far beyond technology innovation and to suffuse the public imagination, providing new reasons to perceive and shape space. In so doing new opportunities for businesses and services will emerge too. To support these businesses and services we will train the next generation of interdisciplinary researches and this training will provide further impact on the research community as a whole.

Organisations

 
Title Come Forth into the Light 
Description Essay on new forms of lighting and global light proliferation. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact None as yet 
 
Title Going Around the Houses 
Description This neurodivergent artist amassed stories from participants in Barrow-in-Furness to produce an ambitious illustrative mapping of voices of positive reflection and wellbeing. It's called 'Going Around the Houses' to indicate the benefits of her neurodivergent approach in understanding a place. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact None as yet 
 
Title Lugworm Walks 
Description This work investigates the non-human cartographies of lugworms, through data collection tools such as GPS tracking. The artist's own walks searching for lugworm castings on the mudflats in Morecambe Bay, were recorded through video and GPS. She made casts of the castings which were part of an installation at White Elephant Contemporary, a gallery in Morecambe. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact None as yet 
URL https://www.nuriarovira.art/nr-cartographic-interventions
 
Title Mapping Health Art - Lancaster Health Week 
Description A two-day exhibition of the Cartographic Intervention commissioned works displayed at a local arts and community centre. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact None as yet 
 
Title Morecambe Bay: three short audio works 
Description This artist created three short audio works as a soundscape of birds in the Bay, which can be used as a form of therapy in residential care homes. This is particularly effective for people experiencing memory loss, through listening to the 'bird landscape of sound', which would have been the background to their daily lives. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact None as yet 
URL http://www.jogorner.co.uk/research/cartographic-intervention/
 
Title Playground for the Soul 
Description Rachael and Maria's 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact None as yet 
URL https://exploremorecambebay.org.uk/things-to-do/playground-for-the-soul-a-morecambe-soundmap/
 
Title Rurban Hope Spots Maps 
Description A number of images describing the Rurban Hope Spots mapping approach. 
Type Of Art Image 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact None as yet 
 
Title Rurban Hope Spots animations 
Description Four animations produced as part of the initial FPC walking trail 'Lancaster's food growing hope spots'. Animations highlight key findings of the Rurban Hope Spots project 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact None as yet 
 
Title State of Flux 
Description This work looked at the shifting dynamics of the salt marsh areas of Grange-over-Sands and Arnside. The two sets of prints reflect the changes, with what was once beach at Grange becoming salt marsh, and marsh turning to beach at Arnside. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact None at this time 
URL https://karenlester-66208.medium.com/state-of-flux-431c83028f16
 
Title The Once and Future Land 
Description A film of interviews in situ in the Lake District with environmentalists, landowners, farmers, artists and business owners 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2022 
Impact None as yet 
 
Description Rurban Hope Spots GIS Layer
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Contribution to new or Improved professional practice
 
Description (eCampus For Care) Impact Acceleration Account Seed Funding
Amount £14,851 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Department Impact Acceleration Account Lancaster
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2022 
End 03/2022
 
Description (eCampus For Care) Lean Launch Programme Cohort 10
Amount £3,700 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2021 
End 06/2021
 
Description Closing Loops
Amount £1,496,371 (GBP)
Funding ID 20167559 
Organisation National Lottery 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2021 
End 04/2027
 
Description QUENCH Network: A Network Linking the Quality of Urban Environments with Nature-Connectedness and Health
Amount £313,000 (GBP)
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2021 
End 03/2022
 
Description Rurban Hope Spots
Amount £9,364 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Department Impact Acceleration Account Lancaster
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2021 
End 12/2021
 
Title Rurban Hope Spots Methodology 
Description A GIS methodology for analysing open source datasets to enable land suitability for food growing to be assessed based on a series of defined but flexible parameters. Open source methodology made available via Github 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact None as yet 
 
Description (Lancs & South Cumbia NHS) IAA Evaluation Study Collaboration 
Organisation Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Technical lead on the IAA project, provision and deployment of eCampus infrastructure.
Collaborator Contribution Access to deployment building, development of user requirements and participation in user engagement activities (i.e. interviews)
Impact n/a
Start Year 2021
 
Description Blueprint for the Bay collaboration 
Organisation The Eden Project
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Role on the Advisory Board
Collaborator Contribution Resources and activities to combat loneliness and social isolation in three areas around Morecambe Bay, over 2 years
Impact None as yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Eden Partnership on Future Places Centre Environmental Literature Prize 
Organisation The Eden Project
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Planned and delivered the literature prize event.
Collaborator Contribution Sponsored a prize
Impact Ongoing partnership
Start Year 2021
 
Description Iceland Partnership on The Future Places Centre Environmental Literature Prize 
Organisation Iceland Foods Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Planned and delivered the literature prize event.
Collaborator Contribution Sponsored a prize
Impact Ongoing partnership
Start Year 2021
 
Description Kendal Mountain Festival Partner on Future Places Centre Environmental Literature Prize 
Organisation Kendal Mountain Festival
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Planned and delivered the literature prize event.
Collaborator Contribution Promoted the Literature prize and provided a space for delivering the award ceremony.
Impact Delivered the Future Places Environmental Essay and Poetry Prize event.
Start Year 2021
 
Description Lancaster City Council Deployment (Salt Ayre Leisure Centre) Partnership 
Organisation Lancaster City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Installation and support of the system deployment.
Collaborator Contribution Access to Salt Ayre Leisure centre and support for the deployment of e-Campus.
Impact Active deployment of the e-campus system.
Start Year 2021
 
Description Lancs Wildlife Trust Collaboration On The Lost Sounds & Biodiversity Logbooks 
Organisation Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester & North merseyside
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Demonstrating workshop activities to staff for use within the organisation
Collaborator Contribution Co-delivery of activities in schools and community
Impact Ongoing co-delivery of workshops in schools and community. Use of workshop activities within the organisation.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Openshaw Resource Centre Display Wall Collaboration 
Organisation Age UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Provision and installation of large-screen displays and supporting computing equipment.
Collaborator Contribution Access to deployment building, development of user requirements and participation in user engagement activities (i.e. interviews)
Impact n/a
Start Year 2021
 
Title Digital interactive feedback display 
Description A web-based system that allows users to report their experiences of engaging with a Future Places Centre trail. Specifically designed to operate on large screen public displays, the system enables users to report audio snippets tagged to particular waypoints along a defined trail. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact None as yet. 
URL https://fpc-walk.lancs.ac.uk
 
Title Hope Spots Walking Trail Guide System 
Description A mobile, location-aware web-based application that delivers localised content to a user's mobile device. Specifically, the system leverages Bluetooth beacons to identify the proximity of users and provides dynamic content that describes new ideas for adapting local environments along a defined trail to engender discussions on food sustainability. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact Through an initial trial of the system in a city in the NW, the technology is now being repurposed to facilitate new trails within Morecambe and surrounding areas. 
 
Company Name IF GIVE LTD 
Description IF GIVE LTD is developing novel digital tools for third sector organisations (including Oxfam) that are enabling the support of new fundraising models that aim to maximise fundraising income for charities by increasing donor agency and control in charitable giving. Charities across the sector are challenged with a series of issues related to fundraising: A decline in the number of individuals giving to charity, the need to provide timely feedback, maintaining engagement, reducing the overheads of collecting donations and, especially in the case of disaster relief, reducing the time taken to raise money in response to a crisis. While the number of donors in the UK fell by 1.6M in 2020 (CAF,2021), the demand for charity services has increased in recent years. In particular, the need for humanitarian assistance caused by climate change has risen by 40% in the last year alone (UNOCHA,2021). We respond to the immediate need for innovation in disaster fundraising and address major challenges fundraisers face more broadly. IF GIVE represents a spin-out from Lancaster University that is now actively engaged in commercializing a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that can facilitate an entirely new, rule-based model for charitable giving. The service enables donors to create rules using pre-specified payouts in response to real-world triggers to create a modern, interactive and highly personalised experience for donors that encourages regular engagement with their chosen causes. 
Year Established 2022 
Impact Through the establishment of IF GIVE LTD, the company has been invited to apply for seed funding via Innovate UK's ICure programme to support additional industrial research activities over a 12 month period. In particular, IF GIVE as a commercial entry has allowed the founding researchers to formalise and strengthen partnerships with NGOs including Oxfam Australia who are working closely with IF GIVE LTD to support design and productisation activities. As a company registered in the NW, we expect IF GIVE LTD to bring economic impacts to the region and will look to engage with smaller local charities and social good projects throughout.
 
Company Name IF GIVE LTD 
Description IF GIVE LTD is developing novel digital tools for third sector organisations (including Oxfam) that are enabling the support of new fundraising models that aim to maximise fundraising income for charities by increasing donor agency and control in charitable giving. Charities across the sector are challenged with a series of issues related to fundraising: A decline in the number of individuals giving to charity, the need to provide timely feedback, maintaining engagement, reducing the overheads of collecting donations and, especially in the case of disaster relief, reducing the time taken to raise money in response to a crisis. While the number of donors in the UK fell by 1.6M in 2020 (CAF,2021), the demand for charity services has increased in recent years. In particular, the need for humanitarian assistance caused by climate change has risen by 40% in the last year alone (UNOCHA,2021). We respond to the immediate need for innovation in disaster fundraising and address major challenges fundraisers face more broadly. IF GIVE represents a spin-out from Lancaster University that is now actively engaged in commercializing a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that can facilitate an entirely new, rule-based model for charitable giving. The service enables donors to create rules using pre-specified payouts in response to real-world triggers to create a modern, interactive and highly personalised experience for donors that encourages regular engagement with their chosen causes. 
Year Established 2022 
Impact Through the establishment of IF GIVE LTD, the company has been invited to apply for seed funding via Innovate UK's ICure programme to support additional industrial research activities over a 12 month period. In particular, IF GIVE as a commercial entry has allowed the founding researchers to formalise and strengthen partnerships with NGOs including Oxfam Australia who are working closely with IF GIVE LTD to support design and productisation activities. As a company registered in the NW, we expect IF GIVE LTD to bring economic impacts to the region and will look to engage with smaller local charities and social good projects throughout.
 
Description 'Reimagining the Lake District Uplands' Facebook Page 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A page where comments and interesting links can be posted concerning the Lake District but also other posts relevant to the environment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020,2021,2022
 
Description 'Reimagining the Lake District' Goldsmith Press website, co-written with Charlie Gere, Karen Lloyd, Ian Convery and Simon Stainer 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 4000 word co-written article on the need to re-imagine the environment of the Lake District uplands in relation to the climate crisis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description 'Reimagining the Lake District' The Ecologist Magazine, co-written with Charlie Gere, Karen Lloyd, Ian Convery and Simon Stainer 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 1600 word co-written article on the need to re-imagine the environment of the Lake District uplands in relation to the climate crisis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2022
 
Description Charnley Fold meeting with NHS foundation / Age Concern 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussion with Staff and NHS collaborators working at the Charnley Fold Enhanced Dementia Day Support Centre, Preston regarding the presentation/explanation of our system and subsequent plans to explore a deployment for evaluation as part of the IAA eCampus For Care project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Eden/Lancaster University Zoom Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 8 speakers providing 5-minute talks connected to Eden projects and Eden's collaborations with Lancaster University
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Education in the context of a climate crisis 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Short talks by staff at Lancaster University, Eden Project and local schools involved in the Morecambe Bay Curriculum, followed by online Q&A. Videos shared online.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Environmental Literature Prize Award Ceremony 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The award ceremony connected to the Environmental Literature Prize which took place during the Kendal Mountain Literature Festival.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description From Tolkein's Shire to Thatchers England' in Freize Magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 900-word article on Chelsea in the 1960-70s in relation to the counter-culture and punk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Future Places Centre Environmental Literature Prize Anthology 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A collection of environmental essays and poetry submitted for the Future Places Enviromental Essay and Poety Competition
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Future Places Centre Environmental Literature Prize Twitter Account 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Twitter account to maintain engagment and awareness of the prize (from 2021) and ahead of the next anticipated literary competition in 2023.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Guided FPC trail (Hope Spots) at the Northern Real Farming Conference 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Guided walking trails were offered as part of the 'Lancaster's Food Growing Hope Spots' walking trail. Guided tours were given to farmers and local food campaigners as part of the Northern Real Farming Conference, and additional guided trails were carried out with project collaborators.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Heathfield Expansion Planning Visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Visit to plan the expansion of our research activities and system deployments with Heathfield. Agreed plans to engage with external stakeholders of the system including the onboarding of new patients and methods to implement in order to monitor user behaviour.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Literature Talk on 'Abundance' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk to the general public at Words by the Water Literature Festival on the experiences of writing 'Abundance'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Literature Talk on 'Women on Nature Anthology' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk to the general public at Lancaster Literature Festival on 'Women on Nature Anthology'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Lunchtime Talk with Natural England: Abundance and the Future Places Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A talk to Natural England Regional Offices about experiences of writing the book 'Abundance' and working with the FPC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Lune: A Journal of Literary Misrule 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An online journal supporting experimental and hybrid forms of writing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018,2019,2020,2021,2022
 
Description Measures That Matter Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This virtual workshop brought together key partners and influencers of the Future Places Centre to help shape the centre's research agenda. A series of 'future scenarios' proposed ahead of the workshop were further developed during the session with participants engaging in future thinking to identify and clarify key measures (of place) that matter for the scenarios outlined and for the centre as a whole.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Morecambe 'Vision' Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion with Lancaster County Council and local organisations (e.g. Morecambe BID) regarding the use of footfall data to support the digital economy in Morecambe and the sharing of data with the Future Places Centre including access to datasets to explore the novel application of real-time place informatics in the NW region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Reconnecting Communities & the Police: A Brief Reflection on Civic Collaboration Tools in Community Policing Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Blog co-authored with Morecambe BID that motivates the need for research into civic tools for building community-police partnerships in the reporting of ASB. Discussion with LCC and local organisations regarding the use of footfall data to support the digital economy in Morecambe.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Review of Wild Fell by Lee Schofield, on Caught by the River website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact A review on Wild Fell which is a book about habitat restoration in the Lake District
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Rural Observatory Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A workshop to discuss what rural observatories might look like, and how they may be used to promote data in place for the rural North of England/South Scotland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Rurban Hope Spots - Urban Agriculture Consortium Policy Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presented the Rurban Hope Spots methodology to a group of policymakers in Northern Ireland which had been convened by the Urban Agriculture Consortium. This was an opportunity to share land mapping approaches and methodologies for collecting data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Rurban Hope Spots- Urban Agriculture Consortium Land Mappers Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Presented on the Rurban Hope Spots project on two occasions to a new collaborative UK land mapping community. In June 2021 we introduced the approaches we were taking in the project and we presented project findings and resources to the group in February 2022.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Summer of Hope Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A press release about the Back In Place Conference, held at Swansea University in September 2021. Keynote speakers included Alan Penn, Bishop June Osborne, Gutto Harri, Yvonne Rodgers and Charles Clarke.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Summer of Hope Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A gathering of 30 thought leaders to discuss the future of place. It was held at Swansea University and generated a white paper identifying key ways to transform our experience of place, both physical and digital.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description The Cultural Landscape in the Anthropocene written by Karen Lloyd 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact A challenge to the precedent of landscape preservation in the Lake District.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description The Lost Sounds workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Digital naturalist workshops involving fieldwork, arts and programming to develop naturalist skills and create interactive soundscapes of local bird life. Delivered and exhibited in schools and community settings. Prints produced some children displayed in the Eden Pavillion at COP26.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2018,2019,2020,2021,2022
 
Description Timescales of Morecambe Bay Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Exhibition of artwork produced by young people through the Timescapes of Morecambe Bay Project, which focused on local futures under climate change. The young people also took part in roundtable discussions with experts about coastal futures.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Virtual Common Rooms 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 4 hosted virtual 'gatherings' throughout the year open to academics and interested parties working on, or connected to, research around Morecambe Bay. Individuals gave short talks about their work, followed by questions and general converstion. Links for futures collaboration were created.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022
 
Description Virtual FPC Trail (Hope Spots) given at the FoodFutures Strategy Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presented a virtual version of the first Future Places Centre walking trail, 'Lancaster's Food Growing Hope Spots', followed by questions and discussion with a mixed audience of community organisations, anchor institutions, policymakers, farmers, businesses and researchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Visit to The Old Vicarage Care Home, Grange-over-Sands 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Initial engagement with potential collaboration partner. Our research goals and system were presented to said potential partner with a discussion leading to interest in beginning a deployment trial.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022