Jam and Justice: Co-Producing Urban Governance for Social Innovation

Duration: 01/16 – 12/19

Cities are sites of crisis and opportunity. In a context of rapid social change and austerity, the effectiveness of traditional systems of urban governance is in doubt. Jam and Justice: Co-Producing Urban Governance for Social Innovation aims to create a unique space for social innovation to co-produce, test and learn from new ways of governing cities. ‘Jam’ is about trying to bring together different partners in the city to experiment and innovate to address shared problems. ‘Justice’ is about re-connecting with those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from the search for solutions.

Through the development of an Action Research Cooperative (ARC) in Greater Manchester, the project aims to bring together academics, practitioners, citizens and political leaders to exchange knowledge and develop creative responses to emerging urban governance challenges. In addition to a series of ‘learn and do’ activities to generate primary data, the project will also promote live debates, online communities and learning exchange visits within the UK and internationally. This will enable critical reflection on how to organise knowledge better to make positive urban transformations happen that are inclusive and equitable.

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Beth Perry (Principal Investigator)
Catherine Durose (Co-Investigator)
Terrence Fernando (Digital Advisor)
Tim May (Methodological Advisor)
Elizabeth Richardson (Co-Investigator)
Bertie Russell (Research Associate)
Vicky Simpson (Project Officer)
Alexander Whinnom (Co-Investigator)

Development of an Action Research Cooperative (ARC) in Greater Manchester.

Establishment of a extensive network of national organisations and international contacts.

Launch of a series of ‘learn and do’ events, including field trips, seminars and a major conference.

Video of Action Research Collective field visit to What Works Scotland
21 September 2018

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11 January 2018

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23 March 2017

Mapping participatory urban governance: A call for contributions
9 February 2017

Jam and justice: Co-producing urban governance for social innovation
2 February 2017