You are warmly invited to the symposium on Repurposing City Centres, which will take place at the Cavendish Campus of the University of Westminster (London) on Fri 14th July 2023.
This symposium aims to share knowledge and experience of practice and research on the planning and regeneration of retail spaces in city centres in the UK and South Korea to identify future challenges and develop solutions. It aims to advance our understanding of how to address the major challenges facing city centres, with a focus on vacant and underperformed retail centres and the ways to repurpose these important spaces of city centres. To do so, it will bring together academic scholars and planning practitioners to discuss how to address the major issues faced by city centres, with a focus on potential place-based interventions that can help to guarantee a future for city centres and their retail spaces. The symposium will explore the ways to (re)create vibrant, inclusive, sustainable, and resilient city centres post-pandemic, whilst acknowledging the changing dynamics and roles of city centres due to the recent growth of e-commerce, which accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tickets for this event are free but limited. To confirm your attendance, please make sure to book your ticket: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/symposium-on-repurposing-city-centres-tickets-646194082897.
The symposium consists of the following presentations:
Prof. Jaemin Song (Seoul National University) Revitalizing city centres: Seoul's strategic response to retail challenges in the post-pandemic era.
Dr Sina Shahab and Dr Brian Webb (Cardiff University) How are the UK Core Cities responding to retail-related challenges in city centres?
Dr Ben Clifford (University College London) Great opportunity or great mistake? Commercial to residential change of use and the future of city centres.
Dr Jonghyun Yoo (University of Seoul) Does extreme weather influence brick-and-mortar retail Sales? Evidence from Seoul, Korea.
Prof. James White (University of Glasgow) The experience economy in UK city centres: A multidimensional and interconnected response to the ‘death of the high street’?
Rumi Bose (Greater London Authority) Repurposing high street uses in practice.
Prof. Changhyo Yi (Hanbat National University) Duration of business activities of small and medium enterprises, characteristics of startup areas, and impact of Covid-19.
Prof. Philip Hubbard (King’s College London) Slow and small, not hip and happening: Against the gentrified High Street.
Dr Patrick Ballantyne (University of Liverpool) and Prof. Scott Orford (Cardiff University) Repurposing City Centres with Big Data: Data, Models and Policy Applications.
This symposium will conclude the project 'Creating Prosperous City Centres Post-Pandemic Through Repurposing Retail Space', funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) - Grant Ref: ES/W010771/1.
For further information, please contact Dr Sina Shahab (
All the best,