Understanding the 20-Minute Neighbourhood

Friday 19 April 2024 - 12:15 to 16:45
The V&A Dundee, 1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee DD1 4EZ

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Understanding the 20-Minute Neighbourhood: 
Creating opportunities for people to live well locally

Venue: In Person event, The V&A Dundee, 1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee DD1 4EZ

University of Dundee/ DJCAD in Collaboration with Urban Design Group 


An ambition now written into policy

There has been a growing ambition to see 20-minute neighbourhood thinking and policy applied to urban, suburban and rural contexts, to aid people to ‘live well locally’. In Scotland, for example, the government ‘s NPF4 has included 20-minute neighbourhoods alongside its ambition for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.



What are the essential ingredients of a 20-minute neighbourhood? What are its outcomes and impacts and means available for achieving these? In particular, given these are not uncontested policies, what changes and behaviour may be required to support their successful implementation, and how might endorsement be secured from key stakeholders?

This timely event offers an inspiring and thought-provoking opportunity to explore current perspectives, drawing from research undertaken by the University of Dundee and capturing the issues and policy lessons from Scotland and beyond.  The event will be of interest to all those concerned with 20-minute neighbourhoods including planning policy-makers, urbanists, architects, planners, developers, local community organisations, and academics. 

We hope that this event will assist local authorities, the development industry, design and planning practices, and local businesses and communities to make informed decisions about what may need to be done in their area – and the roles they can play if they are to make a success of ‘living well locally’.

Event Speakers and Panellists

This special event in Dundee brings together contributions from policy makers at the Scottish Government, academics and researchers, urban planning consultants, local community organisations, and designers.


Programme at the V&A (Main Auditorium)

12:15- 13:00 Registration and Tea and Coffee

13:00-13:15: Opening Message by  Maggie Chapman (Scottish Green Party), Leonie Bell ( Director of V&A Dundee), and Professor Shane O'Neill Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost (TBC)

13:15- 13:40 The 20 Minute Neighbourhoods: Policy and Reflection: Ashley Mullen and Sandy Robinson (Scottish Government)

13:40- 14:10 Understanding 20 Minute Neighbourhood: Lunching new Report: Husam AlWaer (University of Dundee/ DJCAD)

14:10-14:35 Learning from applied example in Scotland (TBC) 

14:35-14:45 Break

14:40-15:45 Panel Discussion led by Ian Cooper 

15:45- 16:00 Concluding remakes and reflection by Kevin Murray (Kevin Murray Associates). 

16:00- 16:45 Drink Reception 


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The University of Dundee is grateful to the following organisations and key individuals within them who support, both financially and in-kind, our work to help support the research undertaken by the University of Dundee and in organising and promoting the event. 

Core Sponsors: Urban Design Group, Sustrans, Hilson Moran and Corstorphine & Wright

In Kind Sponsors: Proctor and Matthews Architects, Kevin Murray Associates, and the V&A Dundee.