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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Metropolitan health in unequal cities

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Dr Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos It could have been just another summer, but in 2012 I felt the inconvenient symptoms of dust allergy accompanied by a skin rash. After a medical consultation the doctor quickly…

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From Birmingham with a Smile: Public Art, Streetscapes and the ‘Economic’ Impacts of a Liveable City

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John Bryson is Principal Investigator of the ESRC-funded Urban Living project From Citizen to Co-innovator, from City Council to Facilitator.  This blog was cross-posted from the Urban Living Birmingham website. Cities should be interesting places to live and…

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