Co-producing Urbanisms

Cities are shaped by multiple interests, which often act in pursuit of conflicting visions. City-regional partnerships and growth coalitions develop strategic frameworks to address complex challenges, whilst grassroots movements and citizen collectives explore alternative urban futures.

The theme tests whether and how co-production can work across urban divides between citizens/state, the informal/ formal and research/practice to help develop progressive and sustainable urbanisms.

Research Questions

–    How do different boundary spaces and intermediation processes work to include marginalised voices in urban governance?
–    Who is included/excluded and whose expertise matters in forging alternative urban futures?
–    What innovations and experiments from research and practice inform alternative urbanisms?
–    What can we learn from comparison between urban transition approaches emerging in the Global South and North?


December 10, 2018 in Co-producing Urbanisms, Event, Life At The Margins, News, Urban Humans

Call for Papers: Dwelling in the interstices – modes of inhabitation and common life in the contemporary city

Call for abstracts for RC21
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October 16, 2018 in Co-producing Urbanisms, News

Craft metrics to value co-production: comment piece by Beth Perry published in Nature

To assess whether research is relevant to society, ask the stakeholders, say Beth Perry, Catherine Durose, and Liz Richardson. A comment piece co-authored by the Urban Institute's Beth Perry, with colleagues from the University's of Manchester and Birmingham has been…
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Realising Just Cities: The Mistra Urban Futures Centre: A four-year international research programme at the Urban Institute, undertaken with partners in Sweden, Kenya and South Africa (2016-2019). It is the current collaborative framework for the Mistra Urban Futures centre, headquartered in Gothenburg at Chalmers/Gothenburg Universities, which aims to support sustainable urbanisation processes which are accessible, green and fair.

Jam and Justice: Co-producing Urban Governance for Social Innovation: An ESRC Urban Transformations project setting up an Action Research Cooperative to co-design more inclusive governance processes in Greater Manchester (2016-2019). Led by University of Sheffield, with Universities of Manchester and Birmingham, the Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisations and Mistra Urban Futures.

Whose Knowledge Matters? Competing and Contesting Knowledge Claims in 21st Century Cities

Knowledge Matters explores the functioning of citizen knowledge in urban decision-making and strategy development, to understand how city officials can best respond to pressing challenges (2016-2019). Funded by the ESRC through the Open Research Area initiative, in partnership with Sheffield Methods Institute and University of Twente, Netherlands.

Cultural Heritage and Improvised Music in European Festivals (CHIME): The project explores the uses and re-uses of different types of heritage and examines how changing relationships between music, festivals and cultural heritage sites renegotiate established understandings and uses of heritage (2016-2017). Funded by JPI Heritage Plus, with partners in Birmingham City University, University of East Anglia, University of Amsterdam and University of Gothenburg.


December 19, 2018 in Co-producing Urbanisms Event, News

Realising Just Cities Cape Town Conference

Article originally published via RJC. ‘Comparative Co-production’ was the theme of the 2018 Mistra Urban Futures conference in Cape Town earlier this month, which was attended by members of the Urban Institute’s Realising Just Cities team. Opening drinks at the…
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May 23, 2018 in Co-producing Urbanisms Event, Past events

29 June 2018 – Making Music, Making Communities

Friday 29th June 2017, 09:30 - 16:30 Seminar room G14, 9 Mappin Street, The University of Sheffield Musical groups and organisations shape and are shaped by their localities in a plurality of ways, reaching in and through communities to achieve tangible…
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UN Sustainable Development Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable


people still live in extreme poverty globally


in 9 people in the world today are undernourished


Voter turnout in the 2016 English local elections