Co-producing Urbanisms

Cities are shaped by multiple interests, which often act in pursuit of conflicting visions. Urban challenges are complex and require different kinds of knowledge and expertise. Greater citizen participation and strengthening the municipal scale are seen as ways of addressing long-standing economic, social and spatial injustices.

These issues have led to increased interest in co-production heralded by many as a way of addressing complex issues through bringing together different kinds of expertise to realise more just and sustainable urban futures.

This theme examines the history, processes, practices and potentials of co-production in reshaping relations between knowledge, justice and democracy at the local level.

Research Questions

  • What are the different histories, traditions and practices of co-production?
  • What does co-production mean for how we govern our cities, especially in reshaping relationships between the local state and citizens?
  • What are the implications of co-production for how we practice social scientific research, the roles of researchers and the contributions of universities to their local communities?
  • Can co-production live up to its promise, and if so how?

The team

Director: Beth Perry

UI members: Victoria Habermehl | Vicky Simpson | Vanesa Castan Broto |

Associates: Tim May | Lee Crookes | Ryan Bellinson (PhD) | Jenny Patient (PhD) | Ana Mendez de Andes Aldama (PhD) | Zarina Patel | Bert Russell | Sophie King

Publications

Journal Articles/Books/Reports

Mitlin, D., Bennett, J., Horn, P., King, S., Makau, J. and Masimba Nyama, G. (2020) Knowledge matters: Reflections on co-production in collaborations between academics and social movements. European Journal of Development Research 32, 544–559.

Perry, B. and Russell, B. (2020) Participatory Cities from the ‘Outside In’: The Value of Comparative Learning. In D. Simon, H. Palmer and J. Riise (eds) Comparative Co-production. Bristol: Policy Press. p133-155.

Russell, B. (2020) Making Power Emerge: Municipalism and the Right to the City. Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture 74.

Perry, B., Durose, C. and Richardson, L. with the Action Research Collective (2019) How can we govern differently? The promise and practice of co-production, Project report. Greater Manchester: Creative Concern.

Perry, B., Diprose, K., King, S., Habermehl, V., Hine, I., May, T., Russell, B., Simpson, V., Spring, C. and Taylor Buck, N., with Bellinson, R., McVicar-Payling, A. and Patient, J. (2019) Realising Just Cities: An Overview of Activity 2016–2019, Sheffield.

Richardson, L, Durose C. and Perry, B. (2019) Three tyrannies of participatory governance. Journal of Chinese Governance, DOI: 10.1080/23812346.2019.1595912.

Habermehl, V. (2019) Everyday antagonisms: organising economic practices in Mercado Bonpland, Buenos Aires. In: The Anti-political conjuncture from the Left: the spatial politics of austerity and “crisis”. Beveridge, R. Featherstone, D. Standring, A. eds. Environment and Planning C.

Russell, B. (2019) Beyond the Local Trap: New Municipalism and the Rise of the Fearless Cities, Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography. 51(3): 989-1010. DOI: 10.1111/anti.12520

Clare, N. Habermehl, V. and Mason-Deese, L (2018). Territories in contestation: relational power in Latin America. Territory, Politics, Governance. 6(3):302-321.
Richardson, L., Durose, C. and Perry, B. (2018) Co- producing Urban Governance for Social Innovation, Politics and Governance 6:1.

Richardson, L., Durose, C. and Perry, B. (2018) Moving towards hybridity: the example of citizen participation, Social Policy and Administration.

Perry, B., Patel, Z., Noren Bretzer, Y. and Polk, M. (2018) Organising for co-production: local interaction platforms for urban sustainability. Politics and Governance, 6(1), ISSN 2183-2463.

Perry, B. and Atherton, M. (2017) Beyond critique: the value of co-production in realising just cities?’ Local Environment, Vol 22, 36-51.

May, T. and Perry, B. (2016) Knowledge for Just Urban Sustainability, Local Environment, Vol.22, 23-35

May, T. and Perry, B. (2016) Cities, Experiments and the Logics of the Knowledge Economy. In J. Evans, A. Karvonen and R. Raven (eds) The Experimental City. London: Routledge.

Mistra Urban Futures (2016) Co-production in Action – Towards Realising Just Cities. Mistra : Mistra Urban Futures.

Perry, B. and May, T. (2015) Lessons on the research-practice relationship: from critique to co-production. In M. Polk. (ed) Joining Forces for Change: Co-producing Knowledge for Sustainable Cities. London: Routledge.

Books
Hemström, K., Simon, D., Palmer, H., Perry, B. and Polk, M. Eds. (2021). Transdisciplinary knowledge co-production. A guide for sustainable cities. Rugby: Practical Action.

May, T. and Perry, B. (2018) Cities and the Knowledge Economy: Promise, Politics and Possibilities. Oxford: Routledge.

May, T. and Perry, B. (2017) Reflexivity: The Essential Guide. London: Sage.

Blog posts
Perry, B., Durose, C. and Richardson, L. (2019) How social innovation can support citizen participation Open Access Government.

Durose, C., Richardson, L. and Perry, B. (2018) Craft metrics to value co-production. Nature 562: 32-33.

An Even Better Arbourthorne: Evaluating Schools in their Urban Communities’, Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action (CIVA), PI Beth Perry. 2020-2022.

‘Whose Heritage Matters? Mapping, Making and Mobilising Heritage Values for Sustainable Livelihoods in Cape Town and Kisumu’, British Academy/GCRF, PI Beth Perry. 2018-2021. https://heritagematters-rjc.org/

‘Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality’, GCRF, UKRI, Co-I Vanesa Castan Broto. 2017-2021. https://www.urban-know.com/

‘50 Years Since Arnstein’s Ladder: How Can We Achieve More Inclusive Neighbourhood Planning?’, Research England QR Funding, PI Sophie King. 2020.

‘Contested Territory’, Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) programme, Co-I Victoria Habermehl. 2020-2024. https://www.contested-territories.net/

‘Realising Just Cities through Co-production’, Mistra Urban Futures/University of Sheffield, PI Beth Perry. 2016-2020. https://realisingjustcities-rjc.org/

‘Jam and Justice: Co-producing Urban Governance for Social Innovation’, ESRC, PI Beth Perry. 2016-2020. https://jamandjustice-rjc.org/

‘Whose Knowledge Matters: Competing and Contesting Knowledge Claims for 21st Century Cities’, ESRC Open Research Area, PI Beth Perry. 2016-2020. https://whoseknowledgematters-rjc.org/

Projects

An Even Better Arbourthorne: Evaluating Schools in their Urban Communities’, Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action (CIVA), PI Beth Perry. 2020-2022.

‘Whose Heritage Matters? Mapping, Making and Mobilising Heritage Values for Sustainable Livelihoods in Cape Town and Kisumu’, British Academy/GCRF, PI Beth Perry. 2018-2021. https://heritagematters-rjc.org/

‘Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality’, GCRF, UKRI, Co-I Vanesa Castan Broto. 2017-2021. https://www.urban-know.com/

‘50 Years Since Arnstein’s Ladder: How Can We Achieve More Inclusive Neighbourhood Planning?’, Research England QR Funding, PI Sophie King. 2020.

‘Contested Territory’, Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) programme, Co-I Victoria Habermehl. 2020-2024. https://www.contested-territories.net/

‘Realising Just Cities through Co-production’, Mistra Urban Futures/University of Sheffield, PI Beth Perry. 2016-2020. https://realisingjustcities-rjc.org/

‘Jam and Justice: Co-producing Urban Governance for Social Innovation’, ESRC, PI Beth Perry. 2016-2020. https://jamandjustice-rjc.org/

‘Whose Knowledge Matters: Competing and Contesting Knowledge Claims for 21st Century Cities’, ESRC Open Research Area, PI Beth Perry. 2016-2020. https://whoseknowledgematters-rjc.org/

Networks

African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town, https://www.africancentreforcities.net/

Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology, Kisumu, Kenya https://www.jooust.ac.ke/

Mistra Urban Futures: Gothenburg, Malmo, Stockholm, Cape Town, Kisumu www.mistraurbanfutures.org 

Contested Territories network, https://www.contested-territories.net/

INLOGOV, University of Birmingham

Manchester Urban Institute, University of Manchester

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