Taking co-production seriously: establishing the ESRC UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE)

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In this blog post Ken Gibb, Principal Investigator of the ESRC-funded UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence, provides an overview of the project’s work to date and its planned activities on the horizon. Getting Started Housing…

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Urban regeneration through community participation: Reflections on the case of the Kasbah of Algiers

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Sandra Jovchelovitch and Jacqueline Priego-Hernandez With half of humanity now living in urban areas, it is no accident that the 21st century is considered the century of cities. Urbanization has transformed human lives and cities are…

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The self-organising civil society

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The SELFCITY Project introduces a new mode of collective governance and societal transition in the face of climate change. This piece, by Professor Eberhard Rothfuß,  Dr. Thomas Dörfler and Professor Rob Atkinson, outlines the main findings…

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Communicating the experiences of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) among Brazilian migrants in London: reflecting on the role of the performing arts

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In this piece, Cathy McIlwaine outlines some of the key findings from her project, Healthy, Secure and Gender Just Cities: Transnational Perspectives on Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) in Rio de Janeiro and London. For more…

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Educational Trajectories and Place-Based Disadvantage: Looking Deeper and Wider

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Unequal educational outcomes are a key concern for the Government – relating to wider issues with the UK economy, social mobility and social justice. The Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC) is examining the drivers of place-based…

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Building age-friendly cities: A manifesto for change

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Tine Buffel, Sophie Handler and Chris Phillipson This article outlines the focus of a new publication, Age-Friendly Cities and Communities: A Global Perspective (January 2018), published by Bristol University’s Policy Press. The impact of population ageing…

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The end (of the project) is near

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This final contribution by Professor John Bryson on the ESRC-funded Urban Living Birmingham project provides a summary of its achievements in its short timespan – and the ways this research could be built on in future…

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Metro mayors can play a big role in expanding the evidence base of UK policy making

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Simon Jeffrey England’s new metro mayors have now been in office for eight months. As the first occupiers of the mayoralties, they’ve faced the double task of setting up their office and building relationships with their…

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Rethinking state-civil society relationships: is the new VCSE sector Accord a game-changer for Greater Manchester?

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Alex Whinnom is Co-Investigator of Jam and Justice: Co-producing Urban Governance for Social Innovation. He is Chief Executive of the Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation. In this blog, he reflects on the significance of a…

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Digital and Spatial Governance in shaping the Future City through Urban/Living Lab (ULL) working

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Nicola Headlam This blog discusses a set of challenges relating to digital and spatial governance and the potentially disruptive roles of innovative urban methodologies in policies and strategies for more liveable and sustainable cities. It examines…

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