RUEG 2016. February 5th marked the commencement of the three-day intellectual and informative urban planning & regeneration conference, which took place at the University of Huddersfield. This international conference explores the changing face of regional urbanism, asking if the environmental, economic and social challenges facing many parts of the world will provide new opportunities for regional cities to develop alternative forms of urban living which are fundamentally different from those of the rapidly expanding metropolises. Inspired by recent debates about the over-riding economic, political and cultural dominance of London in the United Kingdom, and the survival of regional cities in the north of the country.
Through an examination of such issues as environmental sustainability, cultural/civic identity, transportation, health and well-being and social/economic development, the conference offered a platform for multi-disciplinary debate between academics, policy-makers and practitioners.