A SURF Debate

Date and Venue

  • Tuesday 23rd May
  • Glasgow Women’s Library, Bridgeton

Does Regeneration Work?

If so, how and for who? If not, why and what can be done?

From Urban Aid to the Community Aspirations fund; via SIPs and the Fairer Scotland Fund, to the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, SPRUCE and Urban Regeneration Companies; for a quarter of a century, SURF has been doing all it can to support and promote better regeneration policy and practice.

So, what has changed in that time? What’s been gained and what’s been lost? Have our collective efforts and investments been enough to overcome the forces of degeneration? What does our collective experience so far tell us about how we should address future challenges and opportunities?

To consider these questions, and other perspectives, SURF held a special regeneration debate as part of their 25th Anniversary year activities.

Ian Manson, Chief Executive of the Clyde Gateway Urban Regeneration Company, and Prof. Douglas Robertson, academic and author of ‘Groundhog Day? Explaining 50 years of Failed Renewal’ started the debate by drawing on their considerable experience and their differing perspectives. Additional views and insights came from Suzanne Lawns of regeneration supporting housing provider, Urban Union and Gehan MacLeod of respected community enterprise GalGael.


Read a full transcript of the event by clicking on the link below

SURF Debate Transcript – Does Regeneration Work 2017

Other Information

Attendance List


Speaker Biographies


Aberdeen City Council
Clyde Gateway
Creative Scotland
Dundee Partnership
Edinburgh City Council
Glasgow City Council
Heritage Lottery Fund
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
Scottish Government
Skills Development Scotland
Wheatley Group