“How can we thrive in times of rapid change?” Professor Mark Shucksmith OBE
Newcastle University launches an Institute for Social Renewal to examine the key issues faced by society today.
The challenge of social renewal is more relevant now than it has ever been. We are living in a period of rapid change. Individuals and communities are struggling to cope with difficult questions precipitated by the current economic downturn.
Social Renewal is about responding to the question: how can societies and communities – local, regional, national and international – thrive when faced with rapid, transformational change?
The new director Professor Mark Shucksmith OBE explains the purpose behind the institute:
“In our role as a world-leading civic university, it is our duty to make a difference to the world around us; not only to be a leader in thinking, but also in action. This new institute will try to bring the University’s research expertise to bear on some of the most difficult challenges people face, such as those of unemployment, inequality and opportunity.”
“Newcastle is a world-class civic university with international standing in the social sciences. The institute will help us to bring our knowledge and expertise to bear on the major challenges that impact on people’s everyday lives.