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Creating thriving communities: How do we build socially productive places?

DateWednesday 24 April 2024


LocationKellogg College Hub


The Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation Public Seminar series brings together members of the public, researchers and practitioners interested and engaged in urban health issues. The principal aim of the series is to provoke debate and constructive action, linking current best practice in urban development with emerging areas of health research.

The social dimension in the triple bottom line of sustainability has often been overlooked, but increasingly we have seen a focus on assessing the social impact and social value of the built environment  (for example through new housing and regeneration projects). Alongside this there has been debate as to how we can create thriving places, where new and existing communities interact to foster community wealth and wellbeing. In this seminar, we draw on expertise from academia, local government, and the NGO and built environment sectors to take a critical look at what social sustainability, social value and community wealth really means in practice, and how such concepts can be assessed and measured. We will also explore why this is important in creating socially productive places through a more ‘considerate urbanism’ by drawing on a range of real-world examples to create a forum for lively debate and discussion with our audience.

Dr Ani Raiden – Associate Professor, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University

Dr Liane Hartley – Director, Mend

Simon Grove-White – Principal Economic Development Officer, Oxford City Council

Nigel Carter – Enterprise Development, Oxford Community Action

This in-person event is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served from 17:00. The seminar will begin at 17:30, followed by a drinks reception at 18:30.

Please note that we will be recording this event and a link to view it will be available on the GCHU website at a later date. There will also be a photographer taking photos at the event.

If you unable to attend after booking, please email

If you have symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in contact with someone with Covid-19, please do not attend this event.

Open to: Members of Kellogg College, the public,