The West Virginia University Institute for Public Affairs is a research and service institute providing a broad range of activities in support of the people and government of West Virginia. The Institute is housed in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University and has close ties to the Department of Political Science and its Graduate Program in Public Policy.
An upcoming information session and panel discussion on the Federal Budget will be held Tuesday April 3, from 10am to 3pm at the Waterfront Hotel. The session is FREE and includes lunch.
The goal of the session is to break through political rhetoric and inform people on what the Federal Government is actually spending funds on. There will also be a panel discussion on ways to improve both the budget itself and public information on the budget. The keynote speaker is New York Times columnist Ron Nixon. The itinerary for the event can be found by clicking the following link Create the Fix
The event is free, but registration is REQUIRED, because of the lunch.
The link to registration is: http://publicadmin.wvu.edu/home/create-the-fix
Professor Leyden outlines the importance of smart and livable cities and towns at an event sponsored by the European Science Foundation (ESF) and European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST).http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahG3Flkstrc
The pursuit of happiness has a long history as a primary political end in Western political thought. Along with traditional economic indicators, policy makers are increasingly concerned with the subjective well-being of a society as a measure for its success. It is important to understand the nature of happiness and ask what can be done to improve it. This article builds upon existing literature that consistently identifies health, wealth, and social connectedness as key predictors of happiness. We find that the design and conditions of cities are associated with the happiness of residents in 10 urban areas. Cities that provide easy access to convenient public transportation and to cultural and leisure amenities promote happiness. Cities that are affordable and serve as good places to raise children also have happier residents. We suggest that such places foster the types of social connections that can improve happiness and ultimately enhance the attractiveness of living in the city.
To read the recent publication by Dr.Kevin Leyden, Dr. Abraham Goldberg and Dr. Philip Michelbach in Urban Affairs Review on “Understanding the Pursuit of Happiness in Ten Major Cities”, Click Here. Or to go directly to the article http://uar.sagepub.com/content/47/6/861.
To view the 2008 Quality of Life Survey used to for this research,
Approximately 1,000 respondents were interviewed in late 2007 in the cities of Seoul, New York, Toronto, Milan, Berlin, Stockholm, Beijing, London, Tokyo, and Paris. Data collection was generously funded and supported by the South Korean National Academy of Sciences, the Global Metropolitan Forum of Seoul, and the Seoul Welfare Foundation.”
Dr. Kevin Leyden, Director of the Institute for Public Affairs is a Co-Investigator on a Grant titled: The “’Cleaner, Greener, Leaner” Study: Combating Climate Change through Planning for Sustainable Transport. The grant primarily supports a PhD Student for three years under the Science, Technology, Research & Innovation for the Environment (STRIVE) Programme 2007 – 2013 funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (Republic of Ireland).
Dr. Leyden notes that a well-designed city can allow for creativity, sustainability, good health and innovation. He believes that developers have taken the lead too much with city development and that research will be essential to help make them more livable. Well-designed public transportation can offer huge benefits and cities built primarily for car transport can have a particularly damaging effect. Dr. Leyden said that cities focused on cars also discouraged walking and cycling, pointing out the increase in obesity rates in the US in recent years. He believes Ireland could be heading in the same direction, as there is now one car for every two adults, a 62pc increase since 1990.
For more information on Prof Leyden’s presentation, please see HERE
Research Matters magazine was relaunched in April 2011. Dr Meghann Drury of Centre for Innovation and Social Change is on the Editorial Board of the magazine, and Prof Kevin Leyden of CISC/ WVU is part of the Galway 2040 initiative, featured on page 3-4 of the Spring 2011 issue.
The magazine focuses on the human interest side of research and encourages researchers at all stages (PhD student, postdoc, lecturer, professor) to write articles. It especially encourages junior researchers to submit articles relating to their research, to give them exposure and experience with this type of publication. For submission enquiries, please email meghann.drurynuigalway.ie.
It will be a quarterly publication and the next edition is due out in September 2011.
To read the current issue, please see HERE
For more information on the Conference, please see HERE
Professor Kevin Leyden of Centre for Innovation and Structural Change and West Virginia University collaborated with Globe Forum 2010 on the Early Career Researchers Contest. Dr. Leyden coordinated the contest and was on the judging panel.
Globe Forum in association with IRCSET, Dublin City Council, Accenture, Enterprise Ireland, IDA, SFI, UCD/Trinity Innovation Alliance, SEAI and other university partners sought out early career researchers in order to highlight on-going individual or team-based research that has implications for science, sustainability and society.
Members of the Research Group:
See the six pitches from the finalists of the Early Career Researcher Competition, which was hosted on stage by Professor Leyden. WATCH HERE!
For more information on the Contest, please visit: http://www.globeforum.com/en/TopRightMenu/Forums/Dublin/Innovators-Contest/
For more information on Globe Forum, please visit: http://globeforum.com/en/