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The Engineering Exchange: widening access to engineering expertise in London

Bell, SJ; Barrow, C; Bukachi, V; (2016) The Engineering Exchange: widening access to engineering expertise in London. Presented at: 4S/EASST Conference BCN-2016, Barcelona, Spain. Green open access

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Abstract

The Engineering Exchange (EngEx) at University College London was established in 2014 to support engagement between engineering researchers and local communities. Building on the 'science shop' tradition within STS, the purpose of the EngEx is to provide community groups with access to engineering expertise and to ensure community needs are reflected in research projects and priorities. The EngEx runs training courses for engineers and researchers, facilitates events to generate collaborative research projects, and responds to ad hoc enquiries from community groups. Projects have addressed a wide range of issues including the demolition and refurbishment of social housing, reintroducing freight transport on London's canals, a community design charette, community infrastructure planning, improving delivery logistics to reduce air pollution, and preservation of an historic steam ship. This paper will present the outcomes of the evaluation of training and research programmes for engineers and community partners, and on the wider university.

Type: Conference item (Presentation)
Title: The Engineering Exchange: widening access to engineering expertise in London
Event: 4S/EASST Conference BCN-2016
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Dates: 31 August 2016 - 03 September 2016
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.nomadit.co.uk/easst/easst_4s2016/panels...
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1520983
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