Speaking and events

state of the city talkJulian is in demand as a speaker, panellist and facilitator at events. In particular he speaks on topics related to regeneration and sustainable communities; social change and civil society; placemaking and the future of towns and cities.

Examples of recent work include:

  • Talks at Off the Shelf literary festival, Sheffield (2015) and Wakefield LitFest (2016)
  • Talks at Cardiff and Bangor universities, the Greater London Assembly, Impact Hub Birmingham, and many more on How to Save our Town Centres
  • Keynote speech at the Wales Regeneration Summit, October 2014
  • Guest lectures at Sheffield University Department of Town and Regional Planning, October 2014, and Sheffield Hallam University, November 2014
  • Keynote at the Future High Streets conference, March 2014
  • Lecture on ‘the new historic city‘ for the Cheshire Society of Architects, Chester, in November 2013
  • Keynote speech at the International Conference on Cities, People and Places at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, in October 2013
  • The keynote speech at the 2013 Mainstreet Australia conference in Melbourne
  • A guest lecture on ‘Regeneration with a human face’ for Sheffield University’s Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences in April 2013
  • The keynote address at Belfast City Council’s ‘State of the City’ event in October 2012 [presentation here]
  • Organising and facilitating the UK’s first ‘High Street Camp‘, bringing together people interested in rethinking town centres
  • Speaking on the future of town centres at events organised by Urban Design London, RUDI, and Architecture + Design Scotland [video here]
  • Keynote presentations on the future of regeneration for the Northern Housing Consortium and Chartered Institute of Housing conferences in 2011
  • Introducing the idea of JFDI urbanism at the opening workshop for the Orangery Academy
  • Chairing the national conference on community land trusts in 2008, 2009 and 2010
  • Keynote presentations on ‘big society’ at events in Manchester, Sheffield, Newcastle and London
  • You can find a selection of presentations here.

We can also help to organise events for you, bringing together speakers and workshop leaders with a wide range of experience and expertise.