SURF regularly hosts international delegations that are keen to learn about the Scottish approaches to the physical, social and economic regeneration of deprived places. In recent years, regeneration practitioners in China, Denmark, Lithuania, and Sweden, among others, have .

The first event in the series took place in March 2018 in Glasgow’s Pearce Institute

In 2018, SURF teamed up with the British Council in Poland to host a series of seven study visits to Glasgow, from 175 leading regeneration representatives in Poland’s government, industry and NGOs.

Part of a European Social Fund initiative, the Polish study visit series explored four themes:

  1. Entrepreneurship and Business Development
  2. Planning and Housing
  3. Revitalising Public Spaces
  4. Social Regeneration

The study visit formats featured presentations by SURF and guest speakers, facilitated open discussion, project visits and walking tours. This webpage features videos and presentation materials used in the study visit series; additional items will be added as the series progresses.

Project Videos

The above short film highlights the diversity of projects featured in recent iterations of the SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration.

This video highlights the remarkable Galgael craft-based social regeneration initiative in Govan, Glasgow.

This short film, produced by SURF, focuses on the award-winning The Portal arts hub in Govan, Glasgow.

Presentation Materials

David Stewart, Policy Lead, SFHA

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) is the national representative body for housing associations and housing co-operatives in Scotland. Senior SFHA official David Stewart presented on the Scottish housing context and the SFHA mission to ensure the provision of sustainable, affordable homes throughout Scotland. His presentation slides are available for download below:

David Stewart – SFHA – Study Visit Presentation

Derek Rankine, Policy Manager, SURF

Derek provided Polish delegates with information on SURF’s role and activities, and the context for regeneration policy in Scotland, including references to current and forthcoming strategies. His presentation slides are available for download below:

Derek Rankine – SURF – Study Visit Presentation

Elaine Cooper, Development and Learning, SURF

Elaine supplied detail on the history of the Govan community of Glasgow and some selected current regeneration activities in the area. Her slides, which were provided with kind permission of the Central Govan Action Plan, are available below:

Elaine Cooper – SURF – Study Visit Presentation

Emma Scott, Information, Communications and Events Officer, SURF

Emma informed delegates about SURF’s prestigious and long-running regeneration project awards process, highlighting some recent winning and shortlisted entries. Her presentation slides are available for download below:

Emma Scott – SURF – Study Visit Presentation

Study Visit Programmes

Please click on the links below to download the relevant event programme:

Thursday 8 March 2018 Programme

Further Information

For any queries about this study visit series, please contact Derek at SURF: or [+0044] [0]141 440 6393.


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