A new paper by the Urban Institute’s Beth Perry and Professor Tim May at the Sheffield Methods Institute has just been published.

Knowledge for Just Urban Sustainability’ appears in Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability.

The article examines the conditions required for producing knowledge for just urban sustainability. It highlights a need to review the current social organisation of knowledge within cities and the implications for academic practice – whose interests are being served? Whose knowledge claims are being supported and justified? The article argues that a gap exists between the content of knowledge and the context of its application. New ways of practising collaborative research that do not compromise critique are needed. By bringing the “what” and “how” of knowledge together in a process of active intermediation, it is possible to contribute to more just, sustainable urban futures for the many, not the few.

The article is part of the body of work which underpins the Co-producing Urbanisms theme. It draws on the Realising Just Cities, Jam and Justice and Whose Knowledge Matters? Projects.