Author Archives: Ian Babelon

About Ian Babelon

Ian Babelon is a PhD candidate at Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK. His work focuses on the topic of online community engagement in urban planning. Do tweet and bounce ideas with him @IanBabelon. Actively looking to create opportunities for research collaboration and applied research in participatory spatial planning.

Cartoons for systemic change & recovery

2 min read We normally change only if we have to. A popular idiom encapsulates this: “Necessity is the mother of invention”. If we don’t acutely perceive the need to change, we might just settle for the status quo, and … Continue reading

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Online Workshops: Expert Tips & Six Formats

5 minute read This post provides some resources for the craft of designing and hosting online workshops. Workshops enable you to collaborate and engage with communities for research or participatory planning purposes. In a previous post, I blogged about a … Continue reading

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Digital adaptations & reflections: from people to planet

Read time: 5 minutes In a time of global crisis, the digital keeps us connected and providing us opportunities to adapt and reflect both individually and collectively. This post shares some digital adaptations and reflections that stretch from the individual … Continue reading

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Shining at the VIVA

Read time: 7-8 minutes Following up on a previous post entitled “Preparing to shine at the VIVA“, this post distils some common gems of advice to help you prepare in the last days before, and during the VIVA. The VIVA … Continue reading

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Placemaking: toolkits & books

Read time: 3 minutes This post is a companion to a previous post: Placemaking: trends & people. This post focuses on toolkits, methods, books and handbooks for effective placemaking in a range of contexts, from healthy streets and neighbourhood planning … Continue reading

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Placemaking: trends & people

Read time: 4-5 minutes This brief post presents some trends and people that shape the placemaking movement worldwide. See the companion post: Placemaking: toolkits & books. Feel free to contribute more placemaking resources to: blog@aesop-youngacademics.net The post is structured as … Continue reading

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Preparing to shine at the VIVA

Read time:  6 minutes The VIVA is your time to shine. The VIVA, alongside your PhD thesis submission, is a major milestone on your way to becoming a ‘doctor of philosophy’. VIVA is short-hand for ‘Viva voce’ (‘by word of … Continue reading

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