Urban Living Pilot – From Citizen to Co-innovator, from City Council to Facilitator
As the largest city outside London, with a diverse and youthful population, Birmingham has the potential to set a new agenda for urban living. Yet the city has struggled for decades with economic difficulties, reinforced by declining expenditure and global forces.
Urban Living Pilot – From Citizen to Co-innovator, from City Council to Facilitator seeks to engage a spectrum of universities, research institutions and local, regional and national organisations into the Urban Living Birmingham Consortium. This will help catalyse service innovations within the city by encouraging collaborations between providers and users to create more efficient, adaptive service models in different sectors.
By combining top-down urban governance with bottom-up lay knowledge, the project will lay the foundation for a more creative and collaborative approach to service delivery, and so offering the possibility of transformative urban management in Birmingham and other UK cities.
John Bryson (Principal Investigator, Professor of Enterprise and Economic Geography)
Bjorn Birgisson (Executive Dean of School of Engineering and Applied Science)
Peter Braithwaite (Director of Engineering Sustainability)
Julie Christian (Lecturer)
Jon Coaffee (Professor in Urban Geography)
Martin Freer (Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy)
Dexter Hunt (Lecturer)
Peter Lee (Senior Lecturer)
Joanne Leach (Researcher)
John Mohan (Professor of Social Policy)
Ian Nabney (Executive Dean)
Christopher Rogers (Professor of Geotechnical Engineering)
Jon Sadler (Professor of Biogeography)
Alister Scott (Professor of Environment and Spatial Planning)
Miles Tight (Professor of Transport, Energy and Environment)
University of Birmingham
Birmingham City University
University of Warwick
ART Business Loans
Birmingham Chamber of Commerce
Birmingham City Council
Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP)
Birmingham Science City
Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
Centro Public Transport
Energy Systems Catapult
Fraunhofer Institut (Multiple, Grouped)
Futures Network West Midlands (FNWM)
Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
Localise West Midlands
Midlands Environmental Business Company
Redpill Group Ltd
Regional Economic Application Laboratory
Sustainability West Midlands
West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)
Creation of a multi-stakeholder Urban Living Birmingham Consortium, bringing together local authorities, research organisations, service providers and businesses.
Series of activities with project partners, including workshops, symposia, innovation stations and seminars.
Roundtable discussions with the Cabinet of Birmingham City Council and the Leaders and Chief Executive Officers Group of the West Midlands Combined Authority to maximise the impact of the findings.
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