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?


August 28, 2018 in Co-producing Urbanisms, Infrastructure in Action

Airbnb and the short-term rental revolution – how English cities are suffering

Written by Jonathan Silver, Leverhulme ECR Fellow at The University of Sheffield. This article was originally published on The Conversation on August 23, 2018. The short-term rental market has ballooned in recent years. According to the Residential Landlords Association, Airbnb listings…
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August 7, 2018 in Co-producing Urbanisms

“With savings we can do wonders”: a Manchester-Muungano exchange

In June 2018, six Greater Manchester residents went on a learning exchange visit to Muungano Wa Wanavijiji (the Kenyan Slum Dwellers Federation) in Nairobi as part of the Realising Just Cities project: ‘Community-led organising: Seeing the inner city from the…
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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.


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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May 12, 2018 in Co-producing Urbanisms Event, Past events

11 June 2018 – Jam and Justice Discuss Devolution at Manchester Histories Festival

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:30 Manchester Central Library   Devolution promised to open up new opportunities for community engagement and empowerment, shifting power from Whitehall to the Townhall. One year on since the election of Andy Burnham as Mayor of Greater…
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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