Leicester Urban Observatory

Welcome to 2019: First Observatory event of the year….

Vibrant Leicester: Buzz and the New Urban Economy – Thursday 10th January 2019

To start the New Year there will be an event on the findings of an exciting local research project into the dynamics of ‘buzz’ in helping shape the new urban economy in a city like Leicester. It has been argued that ‘buzz’ is said to emerge from the concentration of socially and culturally significant sites, such as music venues, restaurants and bars, cultural quarters, and marketplaces.

20180325_152430Such ‘buzzy’ sites are key urban amenities that are believed to attract ‘talent’, make cities ‘liveable’, and are thus imagined to be vital to the economic competitiveness of cities. Exploring recent investment in the urban environment of the city centre, a series of short talks will look to unpack the concept and explore what it practically means for the future development of a place like Leicester.

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The event will feature contributions from the team leading the research project out of the University of Leicester: Dr Stefano De Sabbata, Prof Gavin Brown and Dr Ben Coles. Prof Loretta Lees will chair the event. A Q+A session will follow.

The event will start at 5:30pm and take place at the LCB Depot on Rutland Street. The bar will be open for purchasing drinks.

Places can be booked at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/city-series-vibrant-leicester-buzz-and-the-new-urban-economy-tickets-54283691984

This event is in partnership with: LCB Depot and CAMEo (Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies).


Save the date

  • Wednesday 9th January 2019: ‘Transition to electric car mobility’ (Prof Kambiz Ebrahimi – Loughborough University). 5:00pm / West Park Teaching Hub, Loughborough. Free:


  • Friday 25th January 2019: ‘Violence, Authority, Cultures and Communities in Sussex and Kent c.1690-1760’ (Dr Lyndsay Poore – University of Leicester). 12:30pm / Leicester Adult Education College, 54 Belvoir Street. Free:


  • Wednesday 13th February 2019: Annual Low Carbon Lecture. 5:30pm / City Hall (Attenborough Hall). Free.