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RADSTATS  January 2008

RADSTATS January 2008

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Make your way to Scotland's capital for the 2008 Radstats conference!

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Robin Rice <[log in to unmask]>

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Robin Rice <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 11 Jan 2008 08:58:21 +0000

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This year the Radstats conference will be held in Edinburgh - the first 
time in Scotland! The conference will be held at the new Out of the Blue 
<http://www.outoftheblue.org.uk/index.htm> arts and community space in 
Leith 
<http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/edinburgh/leith/index.html>, on 
Saturday 1st March. Come on Friday and spend your extra leap year day in 
Edinburgh <http://www.edinburgh.org/>.

Edinburgh has been called both the /Athens of the north/ and /auld 
reekie/; the truth is probably somewhere in between. Contemporary 
literature is thriving - Ian Rankin, JK Rowling and Alexander McCall 
Smith all share the same postcode. The city gets in a stushie (and 
hoachin) <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/dsl/> in the summer with all the 
festivals <http://www.edinburghfestivals.co.uk/>, but March is free from 
all this. There is plenty to do though with countless great (and small) 
eateries, pubs, museums & galleries or opportunities to go ghost 
hunting, castle crawling and even rickshaw-rides past Eric Miralles' 
stunning Scottish parliament at the foot of the volcanic landscape of 
Arthurs Seat! There is something for everyone here in the ancient & 
revived capital of Scotland.

The programme <http://www.radstats.org.uk/conf2008/programme.html> 
covers subjects as diverse as national identity, attitudes to 
devolution, historical voting patterns, poverty, wealth and place, 
attitudes to social care, migration, measurement of wellbeing, a data 
strategy for Scotland and the Barnett formula. The theme is A Decade of 
Devolution: How Does it Measure Up?

The conference venue is in Leith, a port town with plenty of radical 
history <http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=6802>, now part of 
Edinburgh. Regeneration here has increased wealth inequality, and waves 
of immigrants have claimed the area as their own. The venue is a short 
walk from the new SYHA flagship '5 star' hostel 
<http://www.edinburghcentral.org/> on Leith Walk.

Social events will include a pub gathering Friday evening, a dinner at a 
local restaurant Saturday night, and a walk along the Water of Leith 
Sunday morning.

Further information including travel and accommodation links is 
available at http://www.radstats.org.uk/conf2008/
The programme may be viewed at 
http://www.radstats.org.uk/conf2008/programme.htm

The booking form will be available soon.

As of this morning, there are train tickets available from London to 
Edinburgh Waverly station from 37.50 (single) and Easyjet from London 
airports to Edinburgh for 20-25 pounds (single). Train tickets are 
usually cheaper when bought as singles. Consider flying up in time for 
the pub gathering Friday night and take a scenic train journey back 
Sunday afternoon.

We hope you will make the journey to Scotland for this interesting 
conference.

Conference Organisers: Joan Corbett, Russell Ecob, Robin Rice 
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