Urban Transformations Co-ordinator

Lead Research Organisation: University of Oxford
Department Name: Sch of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography

Abstract

This proposal identifies a work programme that addresses the requirements of the work for the ESRC Urban Transformations co-ordinator. The programme of work aims to curate the portfolio of investments in urban research by the ESRC, develop a co-ordinating role in the ESRC call for grants under the urban transformations rubric and to identify future spending priorities in urban research linked to Newton funding and potential cross council research funding opportunities. The work is broken down into seven stages over a period of 18 months from December 2014 to May 2016.

1. Inception. In the first stage of the programme the PI will focus on the identification of work priorities in tandem with the ESRC urban transformation team and senior academic and policy stakeholders.

2. Consultation and gap analysis. In the second stage of the programme the PI will consult with ESRC urban investments to develop the most appropriate avenues for maximising knowledge exchange and research impact related to their work and refine the scoping work that identified profiles for future funding.

3. Coordination and collaboration. In the third phase of the work programme the PI will commission and develop the knowledge exchange web platform, develop procedures for showcasing the ESRC urban portfolio and agree a communications strategy across the portfolio. This work will complement the PI's role in co-ordinating the ESRC research grants call for the urban transformations portfolio.

4. Narrating the ESRC portfolio. In the fourth phase of the work programme the PI will develop a narrative that describes the urban portfolio of ESRC investments. This will be developed firstly internally with the senior ESRC commissioning team and subsequently as a public document.

5. Knowledge exchange and communication. In the penultimate phase of the work programme the PI will launch the knowledge exchange web platform and develop a programme of blogs, academic synthetic pieces and policy commentaries and debates that maximise the interactive quality of the website.

6. Maximizing impact. In the sixth stage of the work programme the PI will develop a series of five impact workshops with key ESRC investments to promote knowledge exchange and develop good practice in generating research impact.

Planned Impact

The work of the urban transformations co-ordinator will benefit academic and policy related audiences. The former will be found mostly but not entirely within the university sector but will be constituted by an audience that crosses disciplinary boundaries and valorises a study of the contemporary metropolis that brings together scholarship from the humanities, natural and social sciences. The latter will involve senior policy stakeholders, a wide web based policy interested audience, interests in public, private and third sector organisations.

Impact will be generated through two avenues of activity over the 18 months of the work programme. Firstly a web based knowledge exchange platform will be designed to optimise interactive engagement from academic and policy related audiences. Secondly a series of five workshops will develop from the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework a programme of work that considers the development of research impact case studies, considering lessons that might be gleaned from the 2014 REF and possible opportunities for REF2020.

Publications

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Description ESRC Advice
A number of major reports have been produced for the ESRC and the cross council 'Urban Living Partnership' advising on ongoing development and commissioning of future activities. The Urban Living Partnership brought together for the first time all seven research councils and Innovate UK to develop a programme of interdisciplinary work around cities. In each of these reports the aim had been to provide a coherent narrative of ESRC interventions in the 'urban space' and to strengthen the position of British social science (and the ESRC as a research council) in the rapidly expanding interdisciplinary space of cities research.

The first report surveyed ESRC existing research investments, identifies the priorities for future ESRC investments cited in the introduction of this report, maps relevant academic and non-academic stakeholder interests and highlights opportunities for collaboration, emphasising the importance of the emergent international and interdisciplinary fields of urban studies.

The second and third reports were provided for the Urban Living Partnership, where Keith has served on the Academic Advisory Board and also advised the officer team of the partnership. The second report provided a scoping exercise for the Urban Living partners, interviewing representatives from all research councils and Innovate UK to identify the interests of different partners in the field and make a series of both openly published and confidential recommendations on moving the initiative forward. One of the key recommendations of the report was that considerable experience in this interdisciplinary space might be found internationally in Living Labs and City Observatory experiments across the world.

The third report provided a very basic overview of the experiences in this arena internationally and suggested some key lessons that might be adopted by the Urban Living partnership in the context of the emergent Global Challenges Research Fund.

Another report was subsequently authored by Keith and Dr Nicola Headlam (Urban Transformations Knowledge Exchange Research Fellow) for the seven UK research councils and Innovate UK, providing an extensive overview of the Urban Lab research landscape internationally, drawing out the implications for the UK in terms of which models could be replicated successfully in the British context and those which might not be transferrable.

Securing Synergies
The UT-ESRC session at Habitat III produced clear results that will both inform how research impacts the UN New Urban Agenda, and help to guide avenues for individual ESRC researchers to help bring 2030 urban development goals to fruition. Bringing together local authorities, community leaders and researchers from Brazil, South Africa and the United Kingdom, it addressed how comparative research findings and methods in the planning process can facilitate the implementation and monitoring of the 2030 urban agenda. The dialogue considered how to operationalize city 'expertise', how to research better and intervene with regards to city futures, and how a better-futures-oriented approach compels us to revise how research and policy interplay.

Four themes emerged from the discussion leading up to recommendations:
1) That we need to understand the 'pedigree' of the research expertise that shapes cities.
2) That researchers need a particular expertise to bridge the worlds of city institutions, city managers need the imagination and courage to be challenged by research.
3) That cities have geometries of international networks and internal configurations of knowledge and expertise, as well as other forms of expertise found frequently in the most marginalized or precarious communities.
4) That the horizons of the future are uneven, but that the New Urban Agenda cannot project only into a future of decades. It demands real-time knowledge, short-term achievements and longer-term goals.

Another outcome to highlight refers to the event held in mid-summer 2016, when the ESRC-UT team organised a panel on at the ESRC Methods Festival - featuring speakers Michael Guggenheim (Goldmsiths), Jennifer Robinson (UCL), Patrick Le Gales (Science Politique), and Joe Painter (Durham) - exploring and comparing various research methods for comparative urban research. These presentations will soon feature as one of many ongoing blog and social media debates on urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk.

Another blog debate carefully curated by ESRC-UT's international team and currently online centres on an original major essay by Susan Parnell, Owen Crankshaw, and Michele Acuto titled "2030 Policy Endorsement of a Sustainable Future: Implications for Urban Research" on key critical questions for a global urban strategy. Throughout, ESRC-UT has maintained an active social media presence, with steadily increasing view-counts and site visits.

Knowledge exchange
Building on workshops in Brazil and South Africa in 2017 and 2018, Urban Transformations has developed an agreement with Manchester University Press (MUP) to develop a number of publications drawing on urban research in these countries. These are scheduled to be published late 2019 / early 2020.

In addition, building on the April 2018 conference Urban Transformations organised in Oxford, 'The Good City: Urban Transformation, Comparison and Value', the programme is also preparing a MUP volume with contributions from participants at the conference.
Exploitation Route We aim to publish publicly accessible versions of some of the reports.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education

 
Description UK Impact The UT programme has raised its profile amongst the key stakeholders outside the academy at the Government Office for Science, the Future Cities Catapult, in local government networks, and in new cross research council fora. We believe that this has created a strong body of support for further initiatives that view the city as an interdisciplinary 'space' in which the social sciences can play a leading role. This feeds directly into the work that we have developed through and beyond the Urban Transformations programme to inform the development of the Urban Living Partnership and initiatives described below. UT produced a number of reports for the ESRC and the cross-council Urban Living Partnership. This included a report by Professor Michael Keith Keith (PI) and Dr Nicola Headlam (Urban Transformations Knowledge Exchange Research Fellow) for the seven UK research councils and Innovate UK, providing an extensive overview of the Urban Lab research landscape internationally, drawing out the implications for the UK in terms of which models could be replicated successfully in the British context and those which might not be transferrable. UT has continued to contribute to urban policy discussions within the UK through various activities, including engagement with the Department for Transport and other institutions around infrastructure development (Paul Cowie). In addition, UT members have contributed to other UK policy discussions including a panel discussion on the future of UK town centres with FutureBuild 2019 (Keith) and participation in the British Academy's Cohesive Societies scoping workshop in January 2019. Headlam, after several years working as part of the UT team, was seconded to the Cities and Local Growth Unit to lead strategy development as Head of Northern Powerhouse. There is evidence that the social media strategy is driving traffic the website and many projects have been using social media in new or more intensive ways. As well as increasing the capacity of urban scholars to engage in social media we provide signposting and connections that did not exist before. The social media presence of the portfolio on Twitter has continuously expanded and also includes a Youtube channel where relevant footage, such as excerpts from a major conference organised by UT in April 2018, have been posted. The website has been regularly updated with blogs, news items and event listings. European Impact The goal of the European workshops in Brussels, 'Bridging European Urban Transformations', was to link British social science research to networks connected to the European policy making community, the Urban Europe initiative and to optimise synergies with the JPI Urban Europe programme. The series of four workshops covered smart cities, urban living labs, migration and the 'urban commons', and following completion of the workshop there was further dissemination of the findings through blogs. Keith - as PI - also advised on the SUGI call specifications. The approved projects include five ESRC-funded projects falling under the JPI Urban Sustainable Global Initiative (SUGI)/Food-Water-Energy (FEW) Nexus call, which have also been added to the UT portfolio. International Impact Our aim was to increase research impact of ESRC-UT coordinated projects and UK scholarship on an international stage. We began the process to achieve this by contributing to Habitat 3, establishing a presence in this arena and making connections between the international projects in the portfolio. For the first time the ESRC developed a profile in this space internationally. We helped to disseminate some of this work by coordinating media coverage and writing articles. UT's productive research partnership with Brazilian and South African researchers will also form the basis of the planned series of books with Manchester University Press, with two forthcoming volumes showcasing research in these specific countries. A further volume, bringing together contributions from participants in the April 2018 conference organised by UT, 'The Good City: Urban Transformation, Comparison and Value', is also planned.
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic

 
Description Department for Transports Oversight Group for Research on Connected & Autonomous Vehicles
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://sciencewise.org.uk/2018/10/what-do-the-public-think-about-connected-and-autonomous-vehicles/
 
Description Secondment to the Cities and Local Growth Unit - Northern Powerhouse
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description UKRI Infrastructure Roadmap programme
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.ukri.org/research/infrastructure/
 
Description Future of Planning 
Organisation Future Cities Catapult Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution I have been able to advice the FCC on the legal and policy framework currently in place in relation to the English statutory planning system. I have also advised on research methodology, in particular the use of a Delphi Survey to collect expert opinion on the nature of the problems facing the future of planning.
Collaborator Contribution The project is being sponsored by DCLG and forms part of their evidence base for the forthcoming Housing white paper.
Impact No outputs as yet
Start Year 2016
 
Description Future of Planning 
Organisation Government of the UK
Department Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution I have been able to advice the FCC on the legal and policy framework currently in place in relation to the English statutory planning system. I have also advised on research methodology, in particular the use of a Delphi Survey to collect expert opinion on the nature of the problems facing the future of planning.
Collaborator Contribution The project is being sponsored by DCLG and forms part of their evidence base for the forthcoming Housing white paper.
Impact No outputs as yet
Start Year 2016
 
Description Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed off on 15th June 2016 via 2016 Visiting Fellowship by Dr Igor Calzada, MBA, Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Oxford and Strathclyde + Associate Fellow at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Centre for Urban Studies. 
Organisation Free University of Brussels
Country Belgium 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Title: Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the University of Oxford (UOxf), COMPAS, Urban Transformations ESRC and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Brussels Centre for Urban Studies/Cosmopolis and Brussels Academy. Partner/collaborator details: The staff member at the University of Oxford (UOxf), COMPAS, Urban Transformations ESRC was awarded 2016 Visiting Research Fellow from January to December 2016 (http://www.cosmopolis.be/people/igor-calzada). During his 2016 visiting fellowship at the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies, Dr Calzada prepared the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was signed off on 15th June 2016. The MoU consists of 4 Knowledge Exchange that will be taking place in different venues in Brussels in the following dates: 14th November 2016, 13th February 2017, 12th June 2017 and 9th October 2017. Description of the partner institution: Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research, Cosmopolis is a research centre within the Department of Geography of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and is dedicated to research and teaching in geography, spatial planning and urban design. Committed to pursuing both academic and practice relevant research, Cosmopolis actively engages policy makers, governments, citizen networks and other urban partners to transform knowledge into action. Contribution made by you and/or your research team to this collaboration or partnership: 1.1. Contact speakers 1.2. Design programme/agenda 1.3. Arrange logistics at the venue (catering and distribution of the lay-out) with the host institution in advance 1.4. Arrange logistics for speakers (hotel+flight+dinner) 2.1. Design the poster and prepare the UT-EU branding 2.2. Announce the event and monitor attendance via Eventbrite. 2.3. Disseminate the event among Brussels networking. 2.4. Disseminate the event among EU networking 2.5. Manage/feed UT & BAcademy social media 2.6. Face-to-face promotion
Collaborator Contribution 3.1. Arrange logistics & get ready for the event (catering + distribution of the lay-out) 3.2. Reception of the guest speakers in Brussels 3.3. Coordination of the event
Impact 1. Here there are the multi-disciplinary formats used to promote the first two events: 1.1. 14th November 2016: http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/event/bridging-european-urban-transformations https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/unplugging-data-in-smart-city-regions-tickets-26793797971 1.2. 13th February 2017: http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/event/experimenting-with-urban-living-labs-ulls-beyond-smart-city-regions/ https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/experimenting-with-urban-living-labs-ulls-beyond-smart-city-regions-tickets-30193233775 2. Here is the first outcome of the Workshop Series published by Professor Michael Keith, co-ordinator of the Urban Transformations ESRC programme and Dr Igor Calzada, MBA, co-ordinator of the European section. Keith, M. & Calzada, I. (2016), European Smart Citizens as Decision Makers Rather Thank Data Providers, Urban Transformations ESRC report on 14th November 2016 Workshop entitled '(Un)Plugging Data in Smart City-Regions'. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.11175.14240. http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/blog/2016/unplugging-data-in-smart-city-regions-bridging-european-urban-transformations-esrc-workshop-series-european-smart-citizens-as-decision-makers-rather-than-data-providers/
Start Year 2016
 
Description Newcastle Tech Totems 
Organisation Great Exhibition of the North
PI Contribution I have been part of the team at FCC that has developed the concept of the Tech Totem as a smart city engagement platform. Working with TrueForm, an SME, we have developed a prototype technology platform that allows cities and their citizens to understand their city and its environment better. The second iteration of the Tech Totems will be deployed in Newcastle as part of the Great Exhibition of the North
Collaborator Contribution Newcastle Urban Observatory has provided the technical skills to develop a suit of sensors for the Tech Totem. TrueFowm Ltd have designed and built the physical totem and helped with the installation of them. Oyseburn Trust, along with Hello Lamp Post, are one of the hosts for the tech totem and have been involved in developing the citizen engagement side of the tech totems.
Impact A new technology has been developed and tested. The project has also been testing non-proprietary models for the provision of smart city infrastructure. The first Tech Totems have now been deployed in Newcastle and are being tested by the Urban Observatory.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Newcastle Tech Totems 
Organisation Hello Lamp Post
PI Contribution I have been part of the team at FCC that has developed the concept of the Tech Totem as a smart city engagement platform. Working with TrueForm, an SME, we have developed a prototype technology platform that allows cities and their citizens to understand their city and its environment better. The second iteration of the Tech Totems will be deployed in Newcastle as part of the Great Exhibition of the North
Collaborator Contribution Newcastle Urban Observatory has provided the technical skills to develop a suit of sensors for the Tech Totem. TrueFowm Ltd have designed and built the physical totem and helped with the installation of them. Oyseburn Trust, along with Hello Lamp Post, are one of the hosts for the tech totem and have been involved in developing the citizen engagement side of the tech totems.
Impact A new technology has been developed and tested. The project has also been testing non-proprietary models for the provision of smart city infrastructure. The first Tech Totems have now been deployed in Newcastle and are being tested by the Urban Observatory.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Newcastle Tech Totems 
Organisation Newcastle University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I have been part of the team at FCC that has developed the concept of the Tech Totem as a smart city engagement platform. Working with TrueForm, an SME, we have developed a prototype technology platform that allows cities and their citizens to understand their city and its environment better. The second iteration of the Tech Totems will be deployed in Newcastle as part of the Great Exhibition of the North
Collaborator Contribution Newcastle Urban Observatory has provided the technical skills to develop a suit of sensors for the Tech Totem. TrueFowm Ltd have designed and built the physical totem and helped with the installation of them. Oyseburn Trust, along with Hello Lamp Post, are one of the hosts for the tech totem and have been involved in developing the citizen engagement side of the tech totems.
Impact A new technology has been developed and tested. The project has also been testing non-proprietary models for the provision of smart city infrastructure. The first Tech Totems have now been deployed in Newcastle and are being tested by the Urban Observatory.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Newcastle Tech Totems 
Organisation Ouseburn Trust
PI Contribution I have been part of the team at FCC that has developed the concept of the Tech Totem as a smart city engagement platform. Working with TrueForm, an SME, we have developed a prototype technology platform that allows cities and their citizens to understand their city and its environment better. The second iteration of the Tech Totems will be deployed in Newcastle as part of the Great Exhibition of the North
Collaborator Contribution Newcastle Urban Observatory has provided the technical skills to develop a suit of sensors for the Tech Totem. TrueFowm Ltd have designed and built the physical totem and helped with the installation of them. Oyseburn Trust, along with Hello Lamp Post, are one of the hosts for the tech totem and have been involved in developing the citizen engagement side of the tech totems.
Impact A new technology has been developed and tested. The project has also been testing non-proprietary models for the provision of smart city infrastructure. The first Tech Totems have now been deployed in Newcastle and are being tested by the Urban Observatory.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Newcastle Tech Totems 
Organisation Trueform Ltd
PI Contribution I have been part of the team at FCC that has developed the concept of the Tech Totem as a smart city engagement platform. Working with TrueForm, an SME, we have developed a prototype technology platform that allows cities and their citizens to understand their city and its environment better. The second iteration of the Tech Totems will be deployed in Newcastle as part of the Great Exhibition of the North
Collaborator Contribution Newcastle Urban Observatory has provided the technical skills to develop a suit of sensors for the Tech Totem. TrueFowm Ltd have designed and built the physical totem and helped with the installation of them. Oyseburn Trust, along with Hello Lamp Post, are one of the hosts for the tech totem and have been involved in developing the citizen engagement side of the tech totems.
Impact A new technology has been developed and tested. The project has also been testing non-proprietary models for the provision of smart city infrastructure. The first Tech Totems have now been deployed in Newcastle and are being tested by the Urban Observatory.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Plug & Play 
Organisation Future Cities Catapult Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Using the research into public innovation carried out on behalf of the RTPI (http://bit.ly/2mLyxpF) I have been working with the Future Cities Catapult and an SME, Umbrellium, to create a toolkit for cities to develop innovative smart city strategies. The foundation of the toolkit is the framework for public innovation outlined in the RTPI report and subsequent academic paper.
Collaborator Contribution The SME has undertaken user research and has prototyped the first iteration of the toolkit. It has now been tested in 3 cities across the UK and a second iteration of the toolkit is under development.
Impact The main output of the collaboration is the production of the City Innovation Toolkit.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Plug & Play 
Organisation Umbrellium Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Using the research into public innovation carried out on behalf of the RTPI (http://bit.ly/2mLyxpF) I have been working with the Future Cities Catapult and an SME, Umbrellium, to create a toolkit for cities to develop innovative smart city strategies. The foundation of the toolkit is the framework for public innovation outlined in the RTPI report and subsequent academic paper.
Collaborator Contribution The SME has undertaken user research and has prototyped the first iteration of the toolkit. It has now been tested in 3 cities across the UK and a second iteration of the toolkit is under development.
Impact The main output of the collaboration is the production of the City Innovation Toolkit.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Research Fellowship 
Organisation Future Cities Catapult Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research support to the work of Future Cities Catapult
Collaborator Contribution The Fellowship is supported by FCC through hosting the fellow.
Impact The innovation toolkit and input into a number of projects being progressed by FCC
Start Year 2016
 
Description (Un)plugging data in smart city-regions (November 2016) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This article was produced in the wake of the (Un)plugging Smart City-Regions workshop in Brussels and was authored by Urban Transformations team members Professor Michael Keith and Dr Igor Calzada. The piece showcased the findings of the event and advertised them to a wider audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/blog/2016/unplugging-data-in-smart-city-regions-bridging-eu...
 
Description 4th Workshop - Bridging European Urban Transformations Workshop, Brussels, 11-12 February 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Co-organised in partnership by the University of Oxford - Urban Transformations and VUB - Brussels Centre for Urban Studies. The workshop aimed to have a better understand the idea of "urban commons" as a way to rethink the city as a 'commons', as a 'platform' at different European city-regional scales, under what circumstances and contexts urban commons emerge, what contributes to their durability and effectiveness, and what undermines them. In a policy context entirely dominated by urban data in the realm of the so-called 'smart city' hegemonic discourse, this workshop offered a space to reflect upon and beyond the technocratic idea of the city by reclaiming public space and urban ownership in different fields as an experimental way to address the 'urban commons' through:
•social innovation and anti-austerity public policy for generating resources through alternative finance, harnessing social energy through grassroots mobilisation; and
•meeting needs through community provision in land use, housing and rental cooperatives, cooperative food initiatives, etc.

The workshop highlighted the importance of transitions as a new "urban commons" narrative for urban infrastructure (housing, food, mobility, etc.), collaborative civilian empowerment, network governance, alternative finance, urban co-operatives, energy grassroots mobilisation, data-driven sovereignties/devolution, urban welfare, and urban development. Additionally, the workshop was focused on questions of urban governance and will explore different frameworks for governing common urban resources.

This is the final workshop of the series 'Bridging European Urban Transformations 2016-2018'. To conclude, this workshop series:
•aimed to bring about academics and non-academics to reflect on urban challenges affecting cities and regions in Europe.
•emphasized an interdisciplinary dialogue, bridged the gap between theory and practice, and encouraged knowledge exchange between academics, policymakers, citizens, and activists.
•built on the first, second, third, and fourth Brussels workshop of the ESRC Urban Transformations programme and formed part of a series of interventions in partnership
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/event/rethinking-the-urban-commons-in-european-city-region...
 
Description @UTconnnect, First Edition 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was the first issue of @utconnect, an online digest publication highlighting some of the activities of the Urban Transformations team and portfolio members.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/news/2016/utconnect-first-edition-summer-2016/#sthash.7pTdY...
 
Description @utconnect Habitat III edition, Autumn 2016. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact @utconnect Habitat III edition, Autumn 2016. This edition highlighted activities and publications of the Urban Transformations team and portfolio members in relation to the UN Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/news/2016/utconnect-habitat-iii-edition-autumn-2016/#sthash...
 
Description Blog series - Urban Transformations website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Since the beginning of March 2017, Urban Transformations has published 50 blogs on its website, averaging around one each week over the last year and bringing the total published to date to more than 100. These blogs continue to play an important role in regularly directing a wide range of audiences to the Urban Transformations website, and are also disseminated through the portfolio's social media platform.

Reflecting the breadth of the research within the portfolio, the series has served to highlight the activities of the projects at a range of scales - from groundbreaking work in British cities such as Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle to collaborative programmes in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. The pieces have covered a range of topics, from austerity governance, community-led development and digital technologies to public health, housing shortages and climate change adaptation.

In particular, this has provided an opportunity to showcase some of the more recent additions to the Urban Transformations portfolio, as well as clearly communicate to a wide audience the tangible benefits that ESRC-funded research has brought to cities in the UK and in partner countries such as Brazil, China and South Africa. A number of the blogs, authored by Urban Transformations team members, have also come directly out of their activities supporting the work of the portfolio, including several workshops, seminars and conferences in Brazil and Europe.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/news-and-debate/blog/
 
Description Blog series - Urban Transformations website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Between March 2018 and 2019, the blog series continued to showcase the diversity of research within the Urban Transformations portfolio, with contributions from projects working at a national, European and global level. This included a range of articles highlighting ESRC-funded work looking at the specific challenges facing cities in the UK, including Urban Living Partnership programmes, housing, the likely impacts of Brexit and participatory design. Other pieces showcased different thematic areas of UT's international work, including healthy planning, migration, environmental sustainability and 'ageing in place', including in particular collaborations with partners in Brazil and China.

In addition, three separate editions of UT's magazine format, UTConnect, were published in 2018: these presented, in an accessible format, a collation of blogs published on the website around a particular theme or focus area of the portfolio's work, with UK-based research, the collaborative 'Bridging European Urban Transformations' workshop series and UK-Brazil research cooperation all profiled in greater detail in these volumes.

The website also published around 30 news items during this period advertising different aspects of the projects and their outputs, including events, publications, seminars, PHD studentships and other activities.

The portfolio's social media activity remains active with @UTConnect and our presence expanding as a result of the 2,700 or so followers the portfolio has, many with a specifically urban focus.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL https://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/news-and-debate/blog/
 
Description Blog: Digital and spatial governance through shaping the future city through Urban Living/Lab work 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The blog, 'Digital and spatial governance through shaping the future city through Urban Living/Lab work', explored the implications of innovative methodologies and smart data on the planning and management of more inclusive, sustainable cities. It also drew out the latest trends and in particular highlighted the contribution that ESRC-funded actors including Urban Transformations were making in this field.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/blog/2018/digital-and-spatial-governance-in-shaping-the-fut...
 
Description Blog: METROPOLITAN HEALTH IN UNEQUAL CITIES 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Thinking about the ways the built environment can impact our perceptions and experiences about urban wellbeing, I wrote a blog piece reflecting on the workshop held in Rio "METROPOLITAN HEALTH IN UNEQUAL CITIES" in November 2017 that brought together researchers working on mental health and public health. Discussions encompassed violence, gendered cities, stress, mobility, sanitation, and the nexus between food, energy, and water, all impacting the making of a good city and what we consider a good life in the city. Discussions focussed not only on Brazil but also South Africa, the UK and China, comparing results and research methods.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/blog/2017/3863/
 
Description Building a UK-Brazil research partnership on migration 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact On 21 November 2017, Professor Michael Keith and Dr Andreza de Souza Santos travelled to Brasilia, Brazil where they held meetings with the Migration Observatory at the University of Brasilia to discuss an upcoming project which will connect researchers looking at migration issues both in Brazil and the UK. Professor Michael Keith also delivered a lecture on migration during the launch of the "Cátedra Sérgio Vieira de Mello", to increase research on refugees. The University of Brasilia published a report highlighting Keith's lecture on the ethics of hospitality. More can be found here (in Portuguese only): http://noticias.unb.br/publicacoes/76-institucional/1943-unb-assina-acordo-de-cooperacao-com-as-nacoes-unidas
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/news/2017/building-a-uk-brazil-research-partnership-on-mig...
 
Description Cities, cyborgs and social science: How will we live in the year 2065? (The Conversation piece, August 2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This article, authored by Professor Michael Keith, Coordinator of the Urban Transformations portfolio, was published in The Conversation. While discussing the future of cities, it showcased the launch of the Urban Transformations portfolio and outlined some of the key areas of its work such as smart cities and big data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://theconversation.com/cities-cyborgs-and-social-science-how-will-we-live-in-the-year-2065-4599...
 
Description City Futures Symposium, Newcastle 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact this event was a 2-day international symposium considering city futures and the role of civic universities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Cohesive Societies Scoping seminar, British Academy, 30 January 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The programme for this session was interested in how societies can remain cohesive in the face of rapid political, social, economic and technological change. In particular, participants were looking at five themes: cultural memory and tradition, the social economy, meaning and mechanisms of social responsibility, identity and belonging, and care for the future. This scoping seminar was the final event in the exploratory phase of the Cohesive Societies programme, and aimed to shape future work in this area. At the scoping seminar, attendees heard from two small teams of researchers who have conducted landscape reviews covering the academic and policy literatures relevant to social cohesion and the five key themes. Attendees then discussed key policy problems for social cohesion, as well as possible solutions and potential areas of focus for future research and policy work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/about-cohesive-societies
 
Description Dissemination of findings from 'Bridging European Urban Transformations' workshop series 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Following completion of the third and fourth events in the collaborative series of workshops, 'Bridging European Urban Transformations', organised in Brussels with local partners, Michael Keith and Igor Calzada authored two further blogs summarising the discussions: 'Citizenship in a Changing Multi-Scalar Post-Brexit European Context' and 'Back to the 'Urban Commons'? Social Innovation through New Co-operative Forms in Europe'. This was followed up by a volume of the Urban Transformations magazine, UTConnect, bringing together the four pieces authored by Keith and Calzada on the workshop series.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/news/2018/4448/
 
Description ESRC research methods festival - Comparative Urbanism 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact ESRC-UT team organised a panel on at the ESRC Methods Festival - featuring speakers Michael Guggenheim (Goldmsith's), Jennifer Robinson (UCL), Patrick Le Gales (Science Politique), and Joe Painter (Durham) - Coordinating Professor Michael Keith (Oxford) exploring and comparing various research methods for comparative urban research. These presentations will soon feature as one of many ongoing blog and social media debates on urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.ncrm.ac.uk/RMF2016/programme/session.php?id=A5
 
Description EU KE Event (11th September 2017): Scaling Migration on European City-Regions 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In this post-Brexit era characterised by doubt over what Brexit entirely means for British and European citizens-amidst mass migration, a refugee crisis, rescaling nation-states, state-city relations, transnational networks, ethnic and non-metropolitanised right-wing populist nationalism, politics of austerity and division, spatial segregation and inequalities, and diversity integration policies in neighbourhoods and districts-we could ask how migration can be scaled throughout European city-regions (Hoekstra, 2017, Burridge et al., 2017, Bürkner, 2017). According to Keith (2013), the city has historically been seen as an 'integration machine,' the site where most people could describe themselves not only as 'citizens of the city' but also-as we are observing recently- increasingly as 'citizens of the non-city', thus, invisible citizens of the visible city. Thus, migration is a multi-scalar and multi-territorially-defined changing phenomenon that has become a constitutive principle in the public's understanding of city-ness.

In this European messy and complex migration context, Europe is at a crossroad, and its cities and regions are bearing the brunt of multiple challenges from macro, meso and micro scale perspectives. This workshop hence is an invitation to rethink 'urban Europe' around how migration could still assure that cities and regions are international conduits for the passage of trade, commerce, and most importantly, citizens.

In contrast, macro migration issues such as Brexit are not only re-scaling nation-states but also altering the whole understanding about migration at the supranational scale insofar as there is a growing disconnect between citizens and the EU institutions. Citizens are asking politicians: What does the EU really do for us? Why does it matter? Thus, this workshop brings about academics and policymakers to bridge the gap between citizens and institutions by suggesting the substantial role of cities and regions leaders in advocating transnational networks, migrants' and refugees' integration mesoinitiatives, projects and policies (Betts and Collier, 2017, Agier, 2016). Likewise, these policy interventions require tailored neighbourhood and district level micro interventions in order to enable real diversity by tackling segregation and social inequality. The vitality and connections in super-diverse-streets in London for instance 'demonstrates how important migration has been to the UK's development in the last few decades.' (Hall, 2015, West, 2015)

At the European level, cities and regions represent the closest level of government to citizens. This is the case of EUROCITIES that represents the leaders of 137 of Europe's largest cities, encouraging them to stand together to deliver real solutions for their citizens. The impact of the British public's decision to leave the EU is a wake-up call for international, national, regional and city leaders in Europe and beyond. Surprisingly, neither the New Urban Agenda realesed by the Habitat III Conference in Quito (Ecuador) last October 2016 nor the White Paper released by the European Commission recently in March 2017 entitled 'Reflections and scenarios for the EU27 by 2015', mention the possible impact of external effects such as Brexit. It is thus in these urgent circumstances where cities and regions must be equipped with the tools to connect people and places to growth, wealth, and equality (Cohen, 2016). The Urban Agenda for the EU and Eurocities foresee a future for cities of the UK in this process too, as demonstrated by many UK city leaders from the UK Core Cities initiative. As such, in the midst of re-scaling the UK nation-state, cities, regions and their devolutionary claims have become active drivers in their own right-increasingly independent of the confines of 'their' respective nation-states (Calzada, 2015).

Despite the burdens for citizens in Europe, cities and regions should continue to work cooperatively across borders to secure the economic, social and environmental future that citizens deserve. Cities are also central:

1) At the macro scale, guaranteeing the right to live and work for EU nationals and British citizens in the post-Brexit era.

2) At the meso scale, facilitating the integration process of refugees and newcomers in reinforcing and enhancing social cohesion.

3) At the micro scale, setting up interventions projects and exchange programmes in neighbourhoods and districts.

Building on the emerging body of ongoing initiatives, the workshop Scaling Migration Through the European City-Regions will bring together a group of European academics and policymakers to reflect on and debate about the potential for scaling migration in the current circumstances through European cities and regions.

This workshop considers the participation of a broad scope of participants, such as activists, policy-makers, academics, companies, social entrepreneurs and citizens to react upon the challenges migration is posing in our European cities and regions by not only overcoming side effects of the lack of vision and humanitarian aid in migration but also empowering city-to-city learning in order to remodel Europe through its cities and regions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/event/scaling-migration-through-the-european-city-regions/
 
Description EU KE Event (12th February 2018): Rethinking the Urban Commons in European city-regions 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Although the "urban commons" has increasingly appeared as a topic of scholarly inquiry related to the urban politics and governance of social innovation in austerity, there has yet to be sustained attention to the research questions, methodologies, and disciplinary approaches necessary to more fully conceptualize and develop the idea of the "urban commons" and the new challenges and facets it introduces into the ongoing study of the commons in diverse fields (Ostrom, 1990, 2000, 2010).

Generally speaking, the problem of governing resources used by many individuals in common has been long discussed in economics, migration, data science, smart urbanism, and environmental studies literature in certain European city-regions (Calzada, 2015; Calzada & Cowie, 2017; Keith & Calzada, 2016, 2017; Kitchin, 2015; Labaeye, 2017; McCullough, 2013; Nordling, Sager, & Söderman, 2017; Parker & Schmidt, 2016; Subirats, 2012). Depending on the type of common resource, attributes of the group of users and property regime, collective action can either preserve the commons or deplete it. The condition of common resources in urban areas is currently affected by privatization and deregulation of public services, as well as by dismantlement of the traditional residential community due to rapid urbanization. As cities become denser from large-scale urban development projects, the "urban commons" is either privatized or left in open access. While the latter puts the commons at risk of wasteful usage, the former limits access to shared resources to a group of privileged users at a cost of excluding others.

Based on the assumption that the collectivity is incapable of managing common resources, conventional solutions to the tragedy of the commons (Hardin, 1968) have focused on either centralized government regulation or privatization of common pool resources. Challenging established economic theory, however, Ostrom showed how collectivities (from locals in Africa to Western Nepal) have developed institutional arrangements for effective management of common resources.

Extrapolating (and somewhat expanding) Ostrom's analysis to the level of cities (Amanda, 2017; Bieniok, 2015; Bollier, 2015 and 2016; Bollier & Helfrich, 2016a, 2016b; Borch & Kornberger, 2015; Bruun, 2015; Dellenbaugh, Kip, & Bieniok, 2016; S. Foster, 2011; S. R. Foster & Iaione, 2016; Harvey, 2011; Iaione, 2017), it seems evident that rethinking the notion of the "urban commons" is likely to generate interesting and diverse perspectives in the European city-regional scope: How are the boundaries of the commons in an urban context defined? What processes regulate the use of the "urban commons"? What exclusionary processes are involved in such definitional and regulatory processes, and what organizational and political implications follow in the wake of such endeavours? What are the cognitive, symbolic, technological, and material infrastructures that render the commons and citizens visible and hence constitute them as objects for governance, not just individually but also collectively (Calzada, 2018)? What conceptions of value(s) constitute the "urban commons", and how do managerial 'smart' technologies organize them?

These days, it has become fashionable to talk about the "urban commons", and it's clear why. What we traditionally conceive of as "the public" is in retreat: public services are at the mercy of austerity policies, public housing is being sold off and public space is increasingly non-public. In a relentlessly neoliberal climate, the commons seems to offer an alternative to the battle between public and private. The idea of land or services that are commonly owned and managed speaks to a 21st-century sensibility of, to use some jargon, participative citizenship and peer-to-peer production. In theory, at least, the commons is full of radical potential to implement social innovations in European city-regions.

Hence, the workshop will seek to better understand the idea of "urban commons" as a way to rethink the city as a 'commons', as a 'platform' ( Bollier, 2016; Borch & Kornberger, 2015; Foster & Iaione, 2016) at different European city-regional scales, under what circumstances and contexts urban commons emerge, what contributes to their durability and effectiveness, and what undermines them. In a policy context entirely dominated by urban data in the realm of the so-called 'smart city' hegemonic discourse, this workshop is presented as an invitation for reflecting upon and beyond the technocratic idea of the city by reclaiming public space and urban ownership in different fields as an experimental way to address the 'urban commons' (Calzada, 2018; Labaeye, 2017) through:

social innovation and anti-austerity public policy for generating resources through alternative finance, harnessing social energy through grassroots mobilisation; and
meeting needs through community provision in land use, housing and rental cooperatives, cooperative food initiatives, etc.

The workshop will stress the importance of transitions as a new "urban commons" narrative for urban infrastructure (housing, food, mobility, etc.), collaborative civilian empowerment, network governance, alternative finance, urban co-operatives, energy grassroots mobilisation, data-driven sovereignties/devolution, urban welfare, and urban development. Additionally, the workshop will focus on questions of urban governance and will explore different frameworks for governing common urban resources.

Hence, after consideration of the above, we should also ask whether another urban governance model is possible, a 'third way' of urban experimentation between state and market (Keith & Calzada, 2017) (Keith & Calzada, 2016); (Dellenbaugh et al., 2016).

The UT programme is directed and coordinated by Prof Michael Keith (Director of COMPAS & Co-director of the Future of Cities Programme, at the University of Oxford). This is the final workshop of the series 'Bridging European Urban Transformations 2016-2018'. To conclude, this workshop series:

aimed to bring about academics and non-academics to reflect on urban challenges affecting cities and regions in Europe.
emphasized an interdisciplinary dialogue, bridged the gap between theory and practice, and encouraged knowledge exchange between academics, policymakers, citizens, and activists.
built on the first, second, third, and fourth Brussels workshop of the ESRC Urban Transformations programme and formed part of a series of interventions in partnership.

Here are the executive summaries of the previous workshops:

1st Workshop '(Un)Plugging Data in Smart City-Regions' (#UnpluggingData):

http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/blog/2016/unplugging-data-in-smart-city-regions-bridging-european-urban-transformations-esrc-workshop-series-european-smart-citizens-as-decision-makers-rather-than-data-providers

2nd Workshop 'Experimenting Urban Living Labs (ULLs) Beyond Smart City-Regions' (#ExperimentingULL):

http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/blog/2017/european-urban-living-labs-as-experimental-city-to-city-learning-platforms/

3rd Workshop 'Scaling Migration Through European City-Regions' (#ScalingMigration):

http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/event/scaling-migration-through-the-european-city-regions/

Hence, building on the emerging body of ongoing initiatives, the workshop Rethinking the Urban Commons in European City-Regions will bring together a group of European academics and policymakers to reflect on and debate about the potential of the "urban commons" and social innovation through European cities and regions.

This workshop considers the participation of a broad scope of participants, such as activists, policy-makers, academics, companies, social entrepreneurs, and citizens to react upon the challenges austerity policies are posing in our European cities and regions by not only overcoming side effects of the lack of a comprehensive governance framework but also empowering city-to-city learning in order to remodel Europe through its cities and regions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/event/rethinking-the-urban-commons-in-european-city-regions...
 
Description EU KE Event (13th February 2017): Experimenting With Urban Living Labs (ULLs) Beyond Smart City-Regions 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The one-day workshop commences with a welcoming introduction from Prof. Michael Keith, co-ordinator of the Urban Transformations ESRC portfolio, and Prof. Bas van Heur, co-ordinator of the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies as host institution. It will be followed by six slots and some speakers who are experts in the field: three from the Urban Transformations ESRC portfolio projects and seven from the VUB. The workshop will also include small debate groups led by each section. Each small group will deliver some conclusions at the end of the workshop.
The workshop wants to emphasize an interdisciplinary dialogue, bridge the gap between theory and practice, and encourage knowledge exchange between academics, policymakers, citizens, and activists.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/experimenting-with-urban-living-labs-ulls-beyond-smart-city-regions-tickets-30193233775

On 13 February 2017, the Urban Transformations programme, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), brought together a range of academics and practitioners from across Europe for a knowledge exchange event on urban living labs and smart cities. This workshop, which took place at the Delegation of the Basque Country to the EU as a member of ERRIN (European Regions Research & Innovation Network), was the second in a series entitled Bridging European Urban Transformations established in partnership with the VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and its Brussels Centre for Urban Studies. In this post-Brexit era, cooperation across borders and disciplines seems more important than ever before. Consequently the series, which runs from November 2016 to October 2017, emphasises the value of connections between institutions and key players in the field of urban transformations in the UK and in the rest of Europe.

At the moment, a report on this event is being produced by Prof Michael Keith and Dr Igor Calzada, MBA.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/blog/2017/european-urban-living-labs-as-experimental-city-t...
 
Description EU KE Event (14th November 2016): (Un)Plugging Data in Smart City-Regions 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The one-day workshop commenced with a welcoming introduction from Prof. Michael Keith, co-ordinator of the Urban Transformations ESRC portfolio, and Prof. Bas van Heur, co-ordinator of the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies as host institution. It was followed by six slots and some speakers who are experts in the field: three from the Urban Transformations ESRC portfolio projects and seven from the VUB. The workshop also included small debate groups led by each section. Each small group delivered some conclusions at the end of the workshop.
The workshop wanted to emphasize an interdisciplinary dialogue, bridge the gap between theory and practice, and encourage knowledge exchange between academics, policymakers, citizens, and activists.

1. More than 50 active participants attended the workshop.

2. Another direct outcome was the preparation and the acceptance of the Special Session entitled 'Beyond Smart & Data-Driven City-Regions? Rethinking Stakeholder-Helixes Strategies' between Dr Igor Calzada, MBA, from the Urban Transformations ESRC programme, and Dr Paul Cowie, from the Future Cities Catapult and the Urban Transformations ESRC programme, for the RSA (Regional Studies Association) Annual Congress 2017 on 4-7th June 2017.
More information: http://www.regionalstudies.org/conferences/special-sessions/ss-dublin-2017

3. Here there is the summary of the workshop:
http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/blog/2016/unplugging-data-in-smart-city-regions-bridging-european-urban-transformations-esrc-workshop-series-european-smart-citizens-as-decision-makers-rather-than-data-providers/

Publication reference as follows:
Keith, M. & Calzada, I. (2016), European Smart Citizens as Decision Makers Rather Thank Data Providers, Urban Transformations ESRC report on 14th November 2016 Workshop entitled '(Un)Plugging Data in Smart City-Regions'. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.11175.14240.

On 14 November 2016 the Urban Transformations programme, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), brought together a range of academics and practitioners from across Europe for a knowledge exchange event on smart cities. This workshop, which took place at the Centre for Studies, Media and Telecommunication (SMIT) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), was the first of a series entitled Bridging European Urban Transformations established in partnership with the VUB and its Brussels Centre for Urban Studies, with support from the RSA Smart City-Regional Governance for Sustainability Research Network. In this post-Brexit era, cooperation across borders and disciplines seems more important than ever before. Consequently the series, which runs from November 2016 to October 2017, emphasises the value of connections between institutions and key players in the field of urban transformations, in the UK and in the rest of Europe.

The workshop, (Un)Plugging Data in Smart City-Regions, focused on the necessity of unpacking and deconstructing the 'smart cities' paradigm that has been so influential in structuring the European policy agenda. The core idea that drove the discussions was the need to define the interconnections between 'hard' and smart' infrastructures and the broader economic, political and social systems at the metropolitan and regional scales. The workshop was broken down into three themes: addressing new sources for data collection, storage and usage; urban expertise for citizen/user involvement; and finally, smart knowledge and expertise to tackle urban inequalities.

According to Gartner, 1.6 billion connected devices will be hooked up to the larger smart city infrastructure worldwide by the end of this year. However, as was highlighted in the discussions, some uncertainties remain at the centre of the debate around what Yuval Noah Harari has described as 'dataism'. The workshop showcased how various projects within the ESRC Urban Transformations portfolio were exploring innovative strategies of data collection, storage and usage to harness urban and regional smart governance models to guide decision-making processes.

Richard Tuffs, the director of the European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN), a platform that connects academics and practitioners in a wide diverse of research fields within the European regions, introduced the workshop, emphasising the importance of citizen concerns regarding data policies and the role of institutions to foster ecosystems of experimentation via what are known as Triple/Quadruple/Penta Helix approaches, thinking through stakeholder interdependencies engaging not only the public sector, private sector and academia but also civic society, social entrepreneurs and activists.

In the first thematic discussion, addressing new sources of data collection, storage and usage, Peter Triantafillou, from the Urban Big Data Centre in Glasgow, presented the major obstacles to fostering a people-centred design of data that he called the 'human in the loop' - the acquisition, sharability and licensing restrictions of the obtained data. He advocated closer collaboration between computer scientists and social and political researchers in developing stronger evidence-based research on how tackle unexplored data issues so far. Paul Cowie, an Urban Transformations Research Fellow based at Newcastle University and Future Cities Catapult, elaborated on the need to consider individuals not only as citizens deliberating on their material conditions, but also as consumers agreeing and disagreeing to the particular terms of a service. In this respect, there he advocated a more human-centred approach to the smart city - one that fosters interplay and interdependencies among multiple stakeholders.

Citizen interaction, engagement, involvement, participation and deliberation are at the centre of the debates around smart cities and big data. How should we deal with the lack of trust, apathy and open outrage that has become increasingy evident in popular political attitudes today? The misalignments between technology and the social needs of citizens in data generation were identified as a common dilemma today: will data-driven devices continue to serve citizens or vice versa? As a consequence, different forms of engagemssent were discussed. However, as Morozov has argued, despite the plethora of technological solutions to social problems, key questions remained unanswered: 'Who gets to implement data?', for example, and 'what kinds of politics of data do technological solutions smuggle through the back door?'. Discussions highlighted how the calls for data to be 'open', while apparently simple, in reality challenge existing legal norms and pose profound implications for users along the chain. For example, liability risks might be passed to the end user of open data - but what if end users cannot bear the risk? In the internet of things (IoT) generates continuous monitoring and commonly individualised data, how should we theorise, regulate and make visible the ethical choices that have now emerged around the legal liability surrounding the ownership of data?

The second thematic discussion showcased two participatory smart city projects: HackAIR and Flamenco (Flanders Mobile Enacted Citizen Observatories ). The first, HackAIR, is social innovation project and open technology platform for citizen observatories on air quality. The discussion focused on the levels of citizen engagement and related strategies such as crowdsourcing (citizens as sensors), distributed intelligence (citizens as basic interpreters), participatory science (citizens as participants in data collection) and extreme collaborative science (citizens as participants in problem definition and data analysis). The call to transit from the conception of citizens as data providers to citizens as decision makers provoked a powerful debate on the ethical dimensions of participatory innovative technologies. Flamenco developed this theme further, exploring how citizens can be empowered to tailor their own observatories based on participatory sensing and citizen science principles. An inter-disciplinary team presented a demonstration on the applicability of the project from computer science and social science perspectives.

In the final thematic strand of the workshop, the discussions focused on socio-economic developments and institutional capacity. The City of Things, presented by Pieter Ballon from SMIT-VUB, explored the experimental dimensions of data-driven living labs. In the presentation, these were related to multi-stakeholder co-creation processes for business, user design, prototyping and product development (aspects that will be explored at the next workshop on 13 February 2017 in Brussels). To conclude the workshop, Joana Barros from Birbeck, University of London, based within the Urban Transformations project RESOLUTION: REsilient Systems fOr Land Use TransportatION, highlighted the methodological difficulties involved in gathering and comparing data in two distinct metropolitan regions, London and São Paulo.

The workshop demonstrated that in one sense what was once novel has become received wisdom. It is now 'common sense' to suggest that the nature of the metropolis demands forms of knowledge that transcend old boundaries between humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. It has become almost self evident to assert that a model of knowledge production that is produced 'upstream' in the academy and then exported 'downstream' to city hall and local governance structures is inadequate for the metropolitan challenges of the 21st century. Instead we have moved towards a stronger sense of co-production between research and practice. The sense that the questions arise in the real world, but the answers are to be found in the academy, is less plausible than ever.

And yet. At worst, at times the 'smart' agenda, particularly in journalistic form and at times in spite of itself, can look like a return through the back door of a technocratic determinism whereby all urban ills are resolved through scientific solutions. Complexity can be analyically generative, simplicity narratively powerful. Such naïve arguments are in reality more often the belief of second rate technocrats and third rate academic critique.
smart-brussels-3

More interestingly we see a situation where the complex and open systems of urban life are disrupted by rapid social change and powerful economic forces. Recognising that such change is unpredictable in its disruptive form and uneven in its social consequences, one function of academic research is to speculate, to test, to map and to trace how disruptive technologies restructure the relationship between the individual and the city. The smart citizen at the heart of the new city needs to uncerstand both the emancipatory potential and the divisive consequences of different moments of disruptive innovation. As Ballon suggested in the case of his living lab in Brussels, it is the duty and function of Urban Living Labs to surface and make visible the choices at stake rather than provide singular solutions to problems. How we make these choices then becomes a mediation of scientific expertise and deliberative democracy.

ESRC investments and collaborative links in Brussels at the workshop highlighted how data-driven issues presented new pathways to conduct research and implement policy. However, if we want to unplug data we must consider also deeper the underlying social and ethical questions and policy implications alongside those affecting the technical capacity to store and distribute bits of information and the power of data science. This workshop sparked a provocation as well as an effective knowledge exchange. Dystopian visions and technocratic utopias alike demand rigorous research scrutiny and public debate to optimise the chances of shaping a better future city.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/blog/2016/unplugging-data-in-smart-city-regions-bridging-eu...
 
Description European Commission Session on Living Labs 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact panel was convened at the prestigious European Week of Regions and Cities URBAN / LIVING LABORATORIES IN RESEARCH AND POLICY
October 11, 2017

Urban Transformations (UT) have become increasingly interested in the institutional form that urban experimentation might take, the role of research in this process and how democratic and citizenship concerns may be balanced with policy and industrial drivers. As a team we have explored some of the potential for Living Lab working and argued that 'Urban/Living Labs' (ULLs) are new ways to know cities.

Working in partnership with the European Commission's Department for Regional and Urban Policy (DG Regio), the European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC) and the Regional Studies Association (RSA) we assembled a fantastic cast for an interactive session on the promise and possibilities of living and urban lab working. The session was within the stream Regions and cities as change agents( #TakeAction).

In this workshop we heard from possibly the two most powerful advocates of these approaches in Europe; President of ENoLL (Prof Tuija Hirvikoski) and Chair of JPI Urban Europe (Margit Noll). Both have framed the definition and adoption of these new ways of working across the EU. Margit announced a new funding stream in the session. Dr Ida Nilstad Pettersen also joined the panel to introduce a project-level example and show how important these approaches may be for sustainability transitions.

Panellists discussed the ways in which ULLs make knowledge work differently to face urban challenges and change the conversation around place by combining the talents of, citizens, industry and government in new configurations and using new methods, such as technology.

The Urban Transformations Team in Oxford have been working to explore the possibilities of international exemplars of lab practices - through a workshop in February on Experimenting with Urban Living Labs Beyond Smart City-Regions and in reports exploring more than 300 international examples. In this session we sought to reflect on how notions of 'experimentation' connect with the challenges of participation and citizen-centricity and how far we can inform collaborative forms for city working.



Participants and Further Information
Prof Michael Keith and Dr Nicola Headlam (session chair) Urban Transformations, University of Oxford
https://www.compas.ox.ac.uk/media/Comparative-Intl-Urban-Living-prospectus.pdf
https://www.slideshare.net/networknicola/urban-living-lab-full
http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/people/nicola-headlam/

Dr Nicola Headlam is the Urban Transformations & Foresight Future of Cities Knowledge Exchange Research Fellow, funded by the ESRC. She is to be found (often) tweeting as @networknicola, has been running the @utconnect twitter handle and on nicola.headlam@compas.ox.ac.uk.

Dr Igor Calzada Urban Transformations, University of Oxford
http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/blog/2017/european-urban-living-labs-as-experimental-city-to-city-learning-platforms/
https://www.nature.com/articles/palcomms201794

Prof Tuija Hirvikoski, ENoLL President, will speak on Day 3 of EWRC (11/10/2017) at the session on Urban/Living laboratories in research and policy: where the experimental city meets the participatory city?
http://www.openlivinglabs.eu/event/european-week-regions-and-cities-1
http://www.openlivinglabs.eu/enoll_council_members

Dr Ida Nilstad Pettersen
http://www.ntnu.edu/employees/ida.nilstad.pettersen
Ida's Research interests include Design for sustainability, transition design, participatory design, co-creation, social practices, sustainability transitions, sustainable consumption and production, sustainable urban development, health and welfare.

Margit Noll is Chair of the Management Board of JPI Urban Europe since 2015. She has been involved in the development of the JPI Urban Europe from the beginning in 2009 and is in charge of the strategic development and the implementation of the programme, comprising international outreach, establishment of strategic partnerships and of a stakeholder involvement. Margit is employed by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG
http://jpi-urbaneurope.eu/interview-with-margit-noll-chair-of-the-jpi-urban-europe-management-board-towards-the-implementation-of-the-strategic-research-and-innovation-agenda/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description European Urban Living Labs as Experimental City-to-City Learning Platforms 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This article was produced in the wake of the 'Experimenting with Urban Living Labs (ULLs) Beyond Smart City-Regions' workshop in Brussels and was authored by Urban Transformations team members Professor Michael Keith and Dr Igor Calzada. The piece showcased the findings of the event and advertised them to a wider audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/blog/2017/european-urban-living-labs-as-experimental-city-t...
 
Description Extensive preperations for Urban Transformations International Conference, "The Good City: Urban Transformation, Comparison, and Value" - 18-20 April 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact In the Spring of 2018, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Urban Transformations (UT) network will host an international conference offering a gathering space for researchers focusing on issues of comparative urbanism across Global, European and UK scales. The conference aims to summarize UT's work, and then benefit from the range of experiences to outline new methodologies and vocabularies for conducting comparative and future-oriented urban research.
The central focus of this conference will be on how scholars and policy makers can talk across cities and times (past, present and future) in normative but non-homogenizing ways. We therefore structure sessions to address the relationship between desirable values in urbanization and co-existing diverse themes (whether based in reality or perception) of the city. This approach embraces new efforts to quantify cities and catalogue comparative indicators for global urbanism, while also being critical of the dangers in setting universal standards. When pairing together desirable values for setting goals for urban futures with different themes for structuring urban comparison - documenting and narrating such values across time and space - we aim to account for multiple appropriate forms of urban life as well as universal aspirations for every context: what should your city be and become? Based on what principles and priorities? How can these principles and priorities be shared with other cities to set tailor-made goals and paths to meet those goals?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/event/3704/
 
Description Follow up from Brazil research activity 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Following on from the extensive Brazil-UK research partnership activity of the previous reporting period, Dr Andreza de Souza Santos authored two pieces on Brazilian cities, 'Sao Paolo's deadly housing crisis - no solution in sight' (May 2018) and 'Understanding the complex challenges of Brazil's cities' (October 2018). The latter also served as an introduction to a volume of the Urban Transformations magazine, UTConnect, that featured a selection of blogs by different UT contributors related to Brazil to showcase the overall Brazil-focused work of the portfolio.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/news/2018/a-new-edition-of-ut-connect-focusing-on-brazil-u...
 
Description Foresight/UT co-production round table, Sept 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact this was a policy and academic round table to "launch" the fellowship with key stakeholders beyond the university


Award objectives:
i. Organise, attend and contribute to meetings/events with portfolio researchers and other initiatives, to encourage dialogue and maximise opportunities for sharing knowledge, co-production, collaboration and impact generation at national, European and international levels.
ii. Create and maintain the Urban Transformations web platform, regularly updating for news, events, funding opportunities and other relevant materials.

Deliverables over course of award:
Organise at least 6 KE events profiling the work of the portfolio in the UK, Europe and Internationally. Launch and develop a website (inc. blog series and social media channel) that addresses portfolio needs and contributes to the field of urban studies.
At the UK scale UT has engaged with scholars, projects and policy makers in a particularly constructive fashion, giving rise to the events programme listed below at which Michael Keith and Nicola Headlam have contributed alongside key city-regional players in each city.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Future of Cities Academic Network 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In December 2017 Profs John Goddard, Mark Tewdwr-Jones and myself travelled to Sydney to conduct a series of meeting with policy makers, civil servants, academics and member of the business community on their smart city strategy for Greater Sydney. In two days of meetings we met over 50 individuals from across the city to discuss the long term planning for the city. We shared our experiences working with Newcastle City Futures and the Future Cities Catapult. The Greater Sydney Commission has just been established to drive forward the strategic plan for Greater Sydney and they were very keen to hear the experience of other cities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Future of Cities Workshop: Hong Kong 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact As part of the Future of Cities Academic Network I participated in a formal workshop hosted by the Planning Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Hong Kong University. The event was held in the Hong Kong gallery as was open to the public ad well as policy makers, practitioners and academics. Over 100 people attended the day. I presented a case study of the Future Cities Catapult which was well received. Following the workshop further enquiries were made by the Hong King SAR Planning Team about working with Future Cities Catapult in the future. A contact was then made between the Catapult's Far East Manager and the planning team as HK SAR.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Habitat III Side Event: "Transforming research into practices and policies - dialogues on implementation and evaluation of the New Urban Agenda." 17th of October at the Habitat 3 - Quito, Ecuador. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This session brought local authorities, community leaders and researchers from Brazil, South Africa and the United Kingdom to address how comparative research findings and methods in the planning process can facilitate the implementation and monitoring of the 2030 urban agenda. More than 50 people (policy-makers, practitioners, researchers) attended the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/event/habitat-iii-17-october-events/
 
Description MSCI/IPF Property Investment Conference 2018, Brighton 15-16 November 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact During the conference real estate analysis experts joined by industry practitioners discussed the trends and challenges faced by real estate professionals today, with the aim to bring thought leadership and best practice to the real estate investment industry. The conference considered major themes in three keynote addresses. The opening keynote looks at changing patterns of global trade and their implications for the real economy; the dangers of fake news, political interference and the abuse of personal data will be investigated; and the closing keynote by Professor Michael Keith explored how demographics and migration are changing the landscape for the economy, investment and real estate.
Some of the most important points discussed by Professor Keith during his presentation were: current UK migration trends (outline of the data as it stands - dispelling the myths), breaking down migration by their drivers (e.g., work, family, forced migration), influence of migration on overall UK demographics (main driver over past 10 years), regional variations across different parts of UK, illustrations of varying patterns internationally (Germany, Japan), interface of migration with government policy (key issues) and migration as an influence on urban change and indirectly on real estate. According to the organisers, Professor Keith's presentation scored well on post-event audience feedback (>60% found it 'good' or 'excellent') and his session contributed to a better understanding among the audience of the complexities of UK migration and its impacts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.msci.com/www/events/msci-ipf-property-investment/0865397403
 
Description Member of the Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Oversight Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact I was asked to be a member of the Oversight Group for Research into Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) as part of its Public Dialogue on the acceptability of CAVs. At the initial stages I hep design the Public Dialogue and frame the debates to be used in the workshops. During the Public Dialogue I acted as an Expert for the Workshop in Glasgow.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://sciencewise.org.uk/2018/10/what-do-the-public-think-about-connected-and-autonomous-vehicles/
 
Description Participation in a Panel Discussion: "A future for our town centres", part of the Urban Infrastructure Hub at the Futurebuild 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Keith took part in a panel discussion at Futurebuild. The session was focus on Urban Infrastructure, particularly looking at the future for our town centres. The members of the panel were: Sarah Weir (Chair, OBE, Chief Executive, Design Council), Gary Wilburn (Managing Director, HPW Architects and Chair, AECB), Professor Sadie Morgan (Director of dRMM Architects, Commissioner of the National Infrastructure Commission, Independent Design Panel Chair for HS2, and Mayor's Design Advocate for the GLA), John Prevc (RIBA, Consultant), Ojay McDonald (Chief Executive, ATCM) and Professor Michael Keith (Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society at the (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford).

In general the session provided a space to showcase the latest innovations, products and materials, while this session was mostly focus on allowing participants from different professional backgrounds to share unrivalled insights to tackle some of the biggest challenges faced by the built industry, urban planners and policy makers. This is part of an on-going project conducted by RIBAJ in partnership with ACO, looking at how positive change to the UK's town centres can be made to confront current challenges.

Members of the panel initiated the discussion reflecting on the complex challenges faced by Town centres, such as: growth in populations, increasingly diverse demographics, aging infrastructure, the changing climate, changing shopping habits and out of town (one-stop shopping centres). The panel members shared some insights on how could Town centres contribute to build up communities, sustainable economic and social value for generations to come. The session offered a space to professional practitioners and construction manufacturers to share ideas about what would be needed to redesign town centres to ensure that future town centres contribute to provide positive environmental benefits, improve public health, well-being and quality of life.

During the session stakeholders engaged in the built sector could learn about the RIBA's competition for Town Centre redesign. The audience had the opportunity to pose questions to our panel of experts who examined the research, new approaches to town centres that appear to work and who will future gaze, focusing on place making, sustainability, the economy and the environment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.futurebuild.co.uk/urban-infrastructure-hub#/
 
Description Participation on a Panel Discussion at the ConferenSmart Cities and Planning: New Urban Agenda, New Urban Analytics, UCL, 29 and 30 November 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In this two day conference it was explored the relation and relevance of smart city interventions and analytics to urban needs as expressed in the New Urban Agenda, which was agreed in 2016 at the UN's Habitat III Conference in Quito. To investigate and interrogate these relationships, the project team identified three core elements of city policy where smart approaches and applications will be considered: governance, effectiveness and transferability.
Governance - what are the conditions that support the delivery of urban? Are there specific arrangements where smart city developments can support and be supported by the NUA which has specific requirements including stakeholder participation and collaboration, the integration of urban and rural areas and the provision of adequate, inclusive, quality public services.
Effectiveness - how can smart city applications best be deployed in implementing and monitoring the NUA programmes? The delivery of the NUA requires effective service design, procurement and management. How can smart city ICT be exploited to support this work without cities becoming over reliant on inflexible technologies. The effectiveness of smart city and urban analytic interventions will depend on their ability to maintain citizen trust and security; how can governance in support of trust and security best be managed transparently?
Transferability - which applications can be used by a wide range of institutions and organizations to benefit localities, cities and their environment and economies? Under the NUA the integration of urban and rural areas requires their networking both socially, economically and electronically. How can the use of electronic links best support the development of the trusted networks required for community cohesion and economic activity? To what extent will the effectiveness of smart city interventions be culturally determined? Can the sensors and controls of the smart city be used effectively to manage and maintain network resilience and city sustainability in areas where supply networks are themselves vulnerable?
This event was designed to open up the debate and aimed to include discussants from both practice and academia. The purpose of this conference is to understand the current level of progress and challenges for policy makers and service deliverers in some key areas within the public sector of the UK in the context of the NUA. In bringing together a group of participants who have experience and knowledge in these fields, the project expectations were to identify potentially positive practices, blockages and options for wider roll out.
Professor Michael Keith was part of a panel Discussion with Mark Kleinman, Jos Creese, Alan Penn, Ayona Datta, Michael Keith, Léan Doody. Chaired by Andrew Collinge
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2017/11/29/smart-cities-and-planning-new-urban-agenda-new-urban...
 
Description Policy Workshop (Un)Plugging Data in Smart City Regions 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presenting a paper on The Social and cultural issues around new sources for Data Collection, Storage and Usage and particpation in a panel discussion with represetatives from Local Authorities, Policy Instututes and academics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/blog/2016/unplugging-data-in-smart-city-regions-bridging-eu...
 
Description Presentation at stakeholders workshop on Xiongan city development - 'Sino-UK Future Cities Forum 2018', 25th March 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Event was organised by Hebei University New Campus on 25th March on 'Sino-UK Future Cities Forum 2018'. It brought together significant development stakeholders: senior academics, senior policy makers and politicians, senior private sector representatives (Mayor of London, Chief Executive of the board of Canary Wharf etc.) Professor Keith spoke in the session on Future Cities Dialogue - building green, smart and resiliant cities. He was also scoping the potential for collaboration of PEAK Urban in the development of the new city Xiongan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Report - Comparative International Urban and Living Labs - The Urban Living Global Challenge: A Prospectus 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The report, 'Comparative International Urban and Living Labs - The Urban Living Global Challenge: A Prospectus', was authored by Professor Michael Keith (Urban Transformations Portfolio Coordinator) and Dr Nicola Headlam (Urban Transformations Knowledge Exchange Research Fellow). Commissioned by the seven UK research councils and Innovate UK to support the development of the Urban Living programme, the publication provided an extensive overview of the Urban Lab research landscape internationally, drawing out the implications for the UK in terms of which models could be replicated successfully in the British context and those which might not be transferrable. The summary provided policy makers and academics with a through overview of the opportunities and potential obstacles in this field and provided a series of concrete recommendations to guide the future investment strategy in this area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/media/Comparative-International-and-Urban-Living-Labs-%E2%8...
 
Description Seminar Series 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The seminar series was convened to consider what it means to be an 'urbanite' in an era plagued by doubt over what it means to 'belong' to a territorial boundary, amidst mass migration, populist nationalism, and politics that divide so vividly along geographical lines. The series is open to the general public, academics and students and other practitioners. Each week we had audiences of between 20-40 people and it led to fruitful discussion and requests for further collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/event/migration-and-urban-transformation-boundaries-in-an-a...
 
Description Social Event in Quito During Habitat 3 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 30 people attended the Social Event at Café Mosaico, Manuel Samaniego #30 y Antepara, Itchimbía, in Quito, where information about ongoing projects and activities could be exchanged. Future collaborations in events and publications were the result of the friendly environment UT-ESRC provided to scholars and policy makers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/media/Habitat3-UT_schedule-1.pdf
 
Description The Agora - JPI Urban Europe Stakeholder Involvement Platform Workshop: The effects of recent migration dynamics and forced displacement on urban areas in Europe. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This workshop offered a space for experts and research projects dealing with migration, forced displacement and social integration across Europe. The aim was to connect knowledge and expertise, identify the potential for further joint activities among the participants from JPI Urban Europe projects, European funded projects and other (inter-)national projects, people working on the topic and a wider group of experts. The objectives of the workshop were to a.) Identify the potential for further joint activities among the participants from JPI Urban Europe and other (inter-)national projects, people working on the topic and a wider group of experts b.) Identify themes, projects and approaches with the potential for alignment activities to feed into future strategic development of the JPI Urban Europe c.) Create an overview of national and international research activities and results d.)Generate input for policy recommendations e.g. for the Urban Agenda for the EU partnership on Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://jpi-urbaneurope.eu/event-calendar/the-agora-jpi-urban-europe-stakeholder-involvement-platfor...
 
Description The Good City: Urban Transformation, Comparison and Value 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact From 18-20 April, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Urban Transformations (UT) network hosted an international conference in Oxford offering a gathering space for researchers focusing on issues of comparative urbanism across Global, European and UK scales. The conference aimed to summarize UT's work, and then benefit from the range of experiences to outline new methodologies and vocabularies for conducting comparative and future-oriented urban research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/event/3704/
 
Description The way we live now? (July 2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This blog was authored by Professor Michael Keith, Coordinator of the Urban Transformations portfolio, and provided an overview of key areas in current urban research that reflected the composition of the emerging collection of projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/blog/2015/the-way-we-live-now/
 
Description UK City Futures in research and policy; data analytics, subnational economic development and Britain's new industrial strategy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact UK City Futures in research and policy; data analytics, subnational economic development and Britain's new industrial strategy

The 'cities agenda' in the UK has undergone major changes of late. The current Government's priorities for restructuring the British model of growth will foreground the roles of cities in shaping the UK's economic future via the Industrial Strategies Challenge Fund. Research 'on' and 'in' cities has never shown greater potential in interdisciplinary capacity, a potential not always realised in the architecture of the UK's traditionally discipline oriented research council funding. Further, urban scholarship within civic anchor institutions is engaged in a process of rethinking the roles of analysis - data, policy development and strategy - and dealing in forms of knowledge production and mobilisation in service of places rather than working purely in 'extractive' mode. Research Councils collectively and Innovate UK are interested in the potential role of the city as observatory, demonstrator, test-bed or exemplar. Alongside this, academia is restructuring around outward-facing institutes with overt city-regional purposes.

This 'Spring Symposium' will be held in Oxford over two days in order to provide a space for conversations combining policy and research insights. Presentations will be made by Urban Transformations (UT) team and the extended community around a new cities research agenda that were introduced by the Foresight process associated with the 'Future of Cities programme'. This will also link to information exchanges on the status of Urban Living Partnerships, the urban institutes and relevant projects in the UT portfolio. The event seeks to set an agenda for policy engaged, future facing urban work within and beyond the University of Oxford that directly addresses the emergent agenda of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and the new research and innovation ecosystem.
Day One: 4th May

09.30 Coffee & registration

10.00 Objectives for symposium

Dr Nicola Headlam: Urban Transformations, University of Oxford


The changing world we are in; the research ecosystem and emergent urban research agenda

Prof Michael Keith, Urban Transformations Co-ordinator, University of Oxford
Respondents:
Responsible Research and Innovation and in the Civic University
Emeritus Prof John Godard, CURDS, University of Newcastle
Situating the New Urban University
Dr J P Addie, UCL
Questions/Discussion


11.30- 12.00 Tea/Coffee

12.00-13.00 Urban Economies Panel

This panel presents emerging research findings on the structure of urban economies - with implications for policy-making. It also reflects upon how research projects can engage beyond traditional circuits of knowledge production

Chair: Dr Max Nathan Senior Birmingham Fellow, Birmingham Business School
Panellists:
Alan Turing Institute/HSBC project intra-city trading flows project
Dr Stephen Hanson, Economics University of Oxford
City Evolutions (UT)
Professor Ron Martin, University of Cambridge
Questions/ Discussion


13.00- 13.45 Lunch

13.45-15.45 Think Tank Interventions: Industrial Strategy Focus

This panel asks the most prominent UK think tanks working in this area to;
-Summarise their work on industrial strategy/subnational economic development
-Reflect on the role of think tanks in policy-making
-Discuss their work with universities and scholars

? Andrew Carter, CEO, Centre for Cities
? Dr Abigail Gilbert, NLGN
? Stuart MacDonald, CLES
? Liam Booth-Smith, CEO Localis
? Dr Sarah Longlands, IPPR North
? Clare Devaney, RSA Inclusive Growth Commission (tbc)
? Dr Faiza Shaheen Class (tbc)
Questions/Discussion


15.45-17.15 City dealing; Powerhouses, Engines and The Industrial Strategy

This panel explores key themes in recent sub-national economic development policy and welcomes short reflections on the deal-making culture since 2008.

? Dr David Waite, Policy Scotland University of Glasgow (tbc)
? Mark Sandford, House of Commons Library
? Dr Peter O'Brien, CURDS, University of Newcastle
? Rebecca Riley, City REDI, University of Birmingham
? Prof Alan Harding, New Economy Manchester
Questions/Discussion


17.15 -17.45 Rounding up the First Day

18.00 Drinks reception & launch of UK UT almanac
19.00 Conference Dinner

Day Two: 5th May

09.00 Coffee & registration

09.30 -10.15 Keynote - Future of City/University/Government/Industry links and connections
Professor Sir Alan Wilson
Questions, Discussion

10.15-11.30 & 12- 13.30 Info Exchange & Workshop sessions

1. Provocations (from across the quadruple helix)
? Spaces within the Academy, lessons from Newcastle City Futures
Professor Mark Tewdr Jones (University of Newcastle)
? From civic leaders, MK 2050
Geoff Snelson (MK council)
? From industry, Atkins and the Future Cities Catapult
Keith Clarke
? Co-produced with public(s) : Jam & Justice
Dr Liz Richardson, Jam & Justice University of Manchester (Politics department)

11.30 Tea/coffee

2. Models and Methodologies :
? Urban and Living Labs: International Evidence Review Dr Nicola Headlam
? Foresighting Proceses with Government Eleri Jones, Space Syntax

3. Wide ranging interactive discussion session on urban scholars working with policy, practice and industry
ALL delegates to explain how their work sits within partnerships
? Across the university? (institutes, centres, observatories, living labs, projects)
? Beyond the university? (with policy, publics, industry) possibilities for the genuine co-production of urban knowledge?

13.30-14.00 Rounding Up Day Two: Lessons and challenges

14.00 Lunch - optional 'town and gown' walking tour and pint.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.dropbox.com/s/05otqiu253sif36/Oxf_City_Futures_5min_2nd_Draft.mp4?dl=0
 
Description UK-China Workshop, City Futures and Contemporary Urban Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This workshop, taking place on 11-12 July 2018 in Beijing, brought together senior researchers from the UK and China whose work focuses on thinking about city futures. This workshop invited currently funded ESRC projects to consider contemporary discussions of Chinese cities and their interaction with other Chinese metropolises using a multi-disciplinary perspective that combines environmental, social, economic and political research. It provided an opportunity for projects that are linked to a single ESRC research stream both to air early findings and network with other projects in the ESRC Urban Transformations programme. Papers combined research challenges and outcomes when discussing contemporary urban problems. The workshop offered the opportunity to consider these futures and how a dialogue between research in China and urban studies globally might open up new ways of thinking about the future city.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/event/city-futures-and-contemporary-urban-research/
 
Description UT @ Habitat 3 - Core Debate 2030 Policy endorsement: An historic moment to be seized!; - David Simon (1 of 3) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact First of three debate response pieces by eminent urbanists on UT website: An historic moment to be seized!; - David Simon

The subject of this debate is a UT team commissioned corner stone policy paper in the run up to Habitat 3: 2030 Policy endorsement of a sustainable future: Implications for urban research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/debate/2030-policy-endorsement-of-a-sustainable-future-impl...
 
Description UT @ Habitat 3 - Core Debate 2030 Policy endorsement: Defining cities to measure sustainability - Michael Batty (2 of 3) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Second of three debate response pieces by eminent urbanists on UT website: Defining cities to measure sustainability - Michael Batty

The subject of this debate is a UT team commissioned corner stone policy paper in the run up to Habitat 3: 2030 Policy endorsement of a sustainable future: Implications for urban research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/debate/2030-policy-endorsement-of-a-sustainable-future-impl...
 
Description UT @ Habitat 3 - Core Debate 2030 Policy endorsement: Surprising optimism - Michael Cohen (3 of 3) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact First of three debate response pieces by eminent urbanists on UT website: Surprising optimism - Michael Cohen

The subject of this debate is a UT team commissioned corner stone policy paper in the run up to Habitat 3: 2030 Policy endorsement of a sustainable future: Implications for urban research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/debate/2030-policy-endorsement-of-a-sustainable-future-impl...
 
Description UT @ Habitat 3 - Core Policy Paper & Core Debate: 2030 Policy endorsement of a sustainable future: Implications for urban research - Susan Parnell, Owen Crankshaw & Michele Acuto 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The UT team commissioned UT affiliated researchers Susan Parnell, Owen Crankshaw & Michele Acuto to author a corner stone policy paper in the run up to Habitat 3, assessing clearly how academics can engage with policy makers how to plan for realising a New Urban Agenda in the most effective way: "2030 Policy endorsement of a sustainable future: Implications for urban research"

This document was also subject to an online debate with other eminent urbanists on our UT website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/debate/2030-policy-endorsement-of-a-sustainable-future-impl...
 
Description UT @ Habitat 3 for BBC Brasil: Acessível para quem? Como o transporte divide ricos e pobres na cidade brasileira - Joana Barros e Michael Batty (6 of 6) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact UT researchers Joana Barros e Michael Batty authored article for BBC Brasil: Acessível para quem? Como o transporte divide ricos e pobres na cidade brasileira; Six of six articles for BBC Brasil featuring ESRC researchers on Urban Transformations and the United Nations New Urban Agenda.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.bbc.com/portuguese/brasil-37572962
 
Description UT @ Habitat 3 for BBC Brasil: Como ciência e tecnologia podem ajudar a transformar o sistema de saneamento no Brasil - Deljana Iossifova e Ulysses Sengupta (5 of 6) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact UT researchers Deljana Iossifova e Ulysses Sengupta authored article for BBC Brasil Como ciência e tecnologia podem ajudar a transformar o sistema de saneamento no Brasil; FIve of six articles for BBC Brasil featuring ESRC researchers on Urban Transformations and the United Nations New Urban Agenda.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.bbc.com/portuguese/brasil-37641804
 
Description UT @ Habitat 3 for BBC Brasil: Estudo pretende identificar principais problemas que idosos enfrentam nas cidades brasileiras" - Rodrigo Siqueira Reis and Geraint Ellis (3 of 6) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact UT affiliated researchers Rodrigo Siqueira Reis and Geraint Ellis - authored article for BBC Brasil: Estudo pretende identificar principais problemas que idosos enfrentam nas cidades brasileiras. Third of six articles for BBC Brasil featuring ESRC researchers on Urban Transformations and the United Nations New Urban Agenda.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.bbc.com/portuguese/brasil-3750437
 
Description UT @ Habitat 3 for BBC Brasil: Lições da Maré: como combater a violência a partir de um projeto exclusivo para mulheres" - Eliana Sousa Silva, Cathy McIlwaine, Paul Heritage (4 of 6) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact UT researchers Eliana Sousa Silva, Cathy McIlwaine, Paul Heritage authored article for BBC Brasil Lições da Maré: como combater a violência a partir de um projeto exclusivo para mulheres; Four of six articles for BBC Brasil featuring ESRC researchers on Urban Transformations and the United Nations New Urban Agenda.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.bbc.com/portuguese/brasil-37519546
 
Description UT @ Habitat 3 for BBC Brasil: O que podemos dizer sobre o futuro das cidades no Brasil e no mundo? - UT TEAM: Michael Keith, Andreza de Souza Santos, Nicholas Simcik-Arese (1 of 6) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Michael Keith, Andreza de Souza Santos and Nicholas Simcik Arese (all of Urban Transformations team) jointly authored and published an article on urban transformations and the United Nations New Urban Agenda, as the first of six articles for BBC Brasil featuring ESRC researchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.bbc.com/portuguese/brasil-37466807
 
Description UT @ Habitat 3 for BBC Brasil: Saúde precária nas cidades sem acesso rodoviário no Amazonas desafia próximos prefeitos - Luke Parry, Patricia Torres, Andre de Moraes and Jesem Orellana (2 of 6) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact UT researchers Luke Parry, Patricia Torres, Andre de Moraes and Jesem Orellana authored article for BBC Brasil "Saúde precária nas cidades sem acesso rodoviário no Amazonas desafia próximos prefeitos." Second of six articles for BBC Brasil featuring ESRC researchers on Urban Transformations and the United Nations New Urban Agenda.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.bbc.com/portuguese/brasil-37491145
 
Description UT @ Habitat 3 for COMPAS Blog: New migrant urbanisms and the United Nations Habitat III conference in Quito 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UT Core Team members Michael Keith, Nicholas Simcik-Arese, Andreza de Souza Santos authored article for the Centre on Migration Policy and Society, University of Oxford Blog: New migrant urbanisms and the United Nations Habitat III conference in Quito; A blog posts for COMPAS website in run up and during Habitat 3.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description UT @ Habitat 3 for The Conversation: Here's what happened at Habitat III - the world's biggest conference on cities - Vanesa Castan Broto (4 of 4) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact UT researcher Vanesa Castan Broto authored article for The Conversation: Here's what happened at Habitat III - the world's biggest conference on cities; Fourth of four articles for The Conversation featuring ESRC researchers on Urban Transformations and the United Nations New Urban Agenda.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://theconversation.com/heres-what-happened-at-habitat-iii-the-worlds-biggest-conference-on-citi...
 
Description UT @ Habitat 3 for The Conversation: How can we make the world's cities safer for women and girls? - Caroline Moser and Cathy Mcllwaine (3 of 4) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact UT researchers Caroline Moser and Cathy Mcllwaine authored article for The Conversation: How can we make the world's cities safer for women and girls?; Third of four articles for The Conversation featuring ESRC researchers on Urban Transformations and the United Nations New Urban Agenda.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://theconversation.com/how-can-we-make-the-worlds-cities-safer-for-women-and-girls-66688
 
Description UT @ Habitat 3 for The Conversation: How should we plan the cities of tomorrow? - UT TEAM: Michael Keith, Andreza de Souza Santos, Nicholas Simcik Arese (2 of 4) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Core UT Team researchers Michael Keith, Andreza de Souza Santos, Nicholas Simcik Arese authored article for The Conversation: How should we plan the cities of tomorrow?; Second of four articles for The Conversation featuring ESRC researchers on Urban Transformations and the United Nations New Urban Agenda.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://theconversation.com/how-should-we-plan-the-cities-of-tomorrow-66695
 
Description UT @ Habitat 3 for The Conversation: What is Habitat III and why does it matter? A beginner's guide to the new urban agenda - Enora Robin (1 of 4) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact UT researcher Enora Robin authored article for The Conversation: What is Habitat III and why does it matter? A beginner's guide to the new urban agenda; First of four articles for The Conversation featuring ESRC researchers on Urban Transformations and the United Nations New Urban Agenda.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://theconversation.com/what-is-habitat-iii-and-why-does-it-matter-a-beginners-guide-to-the-new-...
 
Description UT @ Habitat 3 for UT Blog: A place for the UK in supporting UN Habitat's New Urban Agenda - The role of the ESRC's Urban Transformations Network - Nicholas Simcik Arese (2 of 4) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UT Core Team member Nicholas Simcik-Arese authored article for ESRC UT Blog: A place for the UK in supporting UN Habitat's New Urban Agenda - The role of the ESRC's Urban Transformations Network; Second of four blog posts for Urban Transformations Website in run up and during Habitat 3 featuring ESRC researchers on Urban Transformations and the United Nations New Urban Agenda.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/blog/2016/a-place-for-the-uk-in-supporting-un-habitats-new-...
 
Description UT @ Habitat 3 for UT Blog: Could cultural heritage topple Brazil's political establishment? - Andreza De Souza Santos (4 of 4) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UT Core Team member Andreza de Souza Santos authored article for ESRC UT Blog: Could cultural heritage topple Brazil's political establishment?; Fourth of four blog posts for Urban Transformations Website in run up and during Habitat 3 featuring ESRC researchers on Urban Transformations and the United Nations New Urban Agenda.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/blog/2016/could-cultural-heritage-topple-brazils-political-...
 
Description UT @ Habitat 3 for UT Blog: Just sustainabilitites and the New Urban Agenda - Vanesa Castán Broto (3 of 4) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UT researcher Vanesa Castán Broto authored article for ESRC UT Blog: Just sustainabilitites and the New Urban Agenda; Third of four blog posts for Urban Transformations Website in run up and during Habitat 3 featuring ESRC researchers on Urban Transformations and the United Nations New Urban Agenda.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/blog/2016/just-sustainabilities-and-the-new-urban-agenda/
 
Description UT @ Habitat 3 for UT Blog: So what difference will the 2016 New Urban Agenda make when the world has had enough of experts? Michael Keith, Nicholas Simcik-Arese, Andreza de Souza Santos (1 of 4) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UT Core Team members Michael Keith, Nicholas Simcik-Arese, Andreza de Souza Santos authored article for ESRC UT Blog: So what difference will the 2016 New Urban Agenda make when the world has had enough of experts?; First of four blog posts for Urban Transformations Website in run up and during Habitat 3 featuring ESRC researchers on Urban Transformations and the United Nations New Urban Agenda.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/blog/2016/so-what-difference-will-the-2016-new-urban-agenda...
 
Description UT Blog series 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The UT blog series (currently numbering more than 50) that have been uploaded regularly since the Urban Transformations website went live in 2015. Together they span a wide range of subject areas and geographic regions, mirroring the diversity of the portfolio: mental health, urban energy systems, informal settlement upgrading, smart data, urban governance challenges, food security, mobility, migration and sustainability.

The Urban Transformations portfolio has a wide geographic focus, with three broad levels - the UK, Europe and global - that are also reflected in the different blogs. For example, 'How can planning help the UK meet its development needs? A behavioural economic perspective' (Alex Lord) examined how the UK's planning regime could help drive urban growth, while 'Recognising the "super diverse street" - an interview with Suzanne Hall' (Suzanne Hall) teases out some of the findings of a project looking at the economic and social impacts of migration on urban retail in selected cities across the country.

Other pieces have taken a broader look at Europe and beyond to explore regional and global challenges confronting cities. Some recent blogs have been produced following Urban Transformations workshops in Brussels on smart cities, for example: '(Un)plugging data in smart-city regions' (Igor Calzada and Michael Keith) and 'Urban Living Labs, smart cities - and the missing role of culture in their implementation' (Gillian Rose). Urban Transformations has also been cross-posting a new series of blogs by the Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (Jonathan Davies and others) focusing on profiles of different case study cities in Europe and elsewhere. The website also hosted two new pieces by the Jam and Justice project, 'Jam and justice: Co-producing urban governance for social innovation' (Beth Perry) and 'Mapping participatory urban governance' (Bertie Russell), as well as an article showcasing the research on urban rioting in the UK by the Beyond Contagion project, 'Explaining involuntary influence: Beyond contagion' (John Drury).

The portfolio includes a significant number of projects focusing on key urban development challenges in the Global South. 'Urbanisation in sub-Saharan Africa: Trends and implications for development and urban risk' (David Satterthwaite) outlined the work of the Urban Africa Risk Knowledge (Urban ARK) project on the major threats confronting sub-Saharan towns and cities. 'Developing innovative research in urban food security, through new methods and a new generation of researchers' (Gareth Haysom) described some of the opportunities of experimental research to gain a better sense of food access constraints in African cities. 'Supporting bottom up community upgrading in South Africa - an interview with Maria Christina Georgiadou' (Maria Christina Georgiadou) presented an overview of an ongoing project on people-led informal settlement upgrading. More recent contributions in this area include 'How risk accumulates in African cities - and ways to break the cycle' (David Dodman).

Elsewhere, 'Living on the land of urban transformation' (Sophie Hadfield-Hill) outlined the research findings of her project on child-friendly urban design in new housing development, while 'Urban transformations in China' (Nick Manning, Cecilia Wong and Ya Ping Wang) described a selection of jointly funded UK-China research projects covering mental health and migration, sustainable development and spatial inequalities within cities. 'Measuring mobility and segregation in metropolitan London and Sao Paolo' (Michael Batty) discusses comparative research on transport and accessibility between two major cities in Brazil and the UK. The website also hosted a series of blogs by the Governing the Future City project (Jenny Robinson) with detailed pieces on the findings so far in China (Zheng Wang) and South Africa (Romain Dittgen), as well as an introductory article on the Public Accountability to Residents in Contractual Urban Redevelopment (PARCOUR) project, 'Introducing the PARCOUR project - an exploration of urban redevelopment in Brazil, the Netherlands and the UK' (David Williams).

The outward-looking approach of the Urban Transformations projects to challenges worldwide is also demonstrated by a number of the blogs, such as 'A multilateral window for city diplomacy' (Michele Acuto). Ahead of UN-Habitat's major conference, Habitat III, in October 2016, a number of pieces were developed to draw out the principles of the New Urban Agenda (Vanesa Castan Broto's 'Just Sustainabilities and the New Urban Agenda'), the role of the UK within these discussions (Nicholas Simcik-Arese's 'A place for the UK in supporting UN-Habitat's New Urban Agenda - the role of the ESRC's Urban Transformations network') and the prospects of the conference's deliberations in an era of renewed scepticism about 'experts' ('So what difference will the 2016 New Urban Agenda make when the world has had enough of experts?').
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/news-and-debate/blog/
 
Description Urban Transformations Twitter Channel 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The dissemination of UT work and other material has been greatly assisted by our significant social media presence. One of the first steps following the launch of the website was the development of a social media strategy and the subsequent creation of a Twitter account, @UTConnect, that since its inception has developed more than 1,600 followers and sent out more than 1,700 tweets. From advertising our own events and outputs to sharing project activities and publications, this has helped enhance the visibility of both the Urban Transformations network and the portfolio's research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017
URL https://twitter.com/UTconnect
 
Description Urban Transformations Website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Urban Transformations website aims to address a wide range of stakeholders with a professional, public or political interest in cities, including members of the general public wishing to learn more about current academic debates on urban development worldwide.

We hope to provide a bridge between the academic community and decision makers, businesses, local governments and communities to support knowledge exchange and cross-sectoral collaboration. Among other activities, our website will compile an expanding selection of British, European and global organizations working in various capacities, such as research, industry and policy, to serve as a platform for partnerships, resource sharing and other opportunities.

A key part of co-ordinating all ESRC urban studies investments, has been to establish a recognisable brand and create an online profile in this area. We wanted the brand to look and feel authoritative, high quality but also cutting edge and dynamic. The website is central within this programme of work and so we commissioned a site that is user friendly, flexible and one that we think is now the main source of authoritative information on urban related material coming out of the ESRC.

Besides signposting events, funding calls and other opportunities, UT also provides an important platform to showcase some of the remarkable studies on cities underway across the world and the real benefits that have been achieved through ESRC-funded research. The online materials include more than 80 project profiles, links to outputs such as publications and guest blogs by project researchers on the impact of their work. In many cases, the Urban Transformations website is the primary platform for the research, generating significant traffic: the Jam and Justice project page, for instance, has received more than 730 unique visits since being set up.
The website currently has:
· Profiles of more than 80 projects that sit with the UT portfolio http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/research/
· 2 commissioned debates that appeal to scholarly and practitioner interest audiences (and of direct relevance to the current and potentially future urban portfolio members). Short comments were also commissioned from the writers of the debates http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/news-debate/key-debates/
· A blog series with contributions from across the portfolio and linked contemporary policy debates http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/news-and-debate/blog/
· A connections area that showcases all the partnerships that have been established through the research. There is an expanding selection of British, European and global organizations working in various capacities, such as research, industry and policy, to serve as a platform for partnerships, resource sharing and other opportunities. We hope this is proving a useful resource for those planning research and those wanting to engage with it http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/connections/
· An events area where we post all events in the urban field -colour coded to show whether they are organised by UT, by a portfolio member or an external organisation http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/events/
· Newsletter sign up facility - http://urbantransformations.us13.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=0a4bb45f2706d81aa921acc60&id=6df321bd86
· Associated Twitter (https://twitter.com/UTconnect) and YouTube channels (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNrwgJjykrF qAC1LpeJmdA)

Since its launch, we have provided a regular flow of content to the Urban Transformations website, attracting a wide audience and showcasing the work of particular projects. This has included events listings, funding opportunities, news items and other content. This has contributed to a steady growth in users recently, with the number of visits more than trebling between February and November 2016 to over 3,000 a month.
work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/
 
Description Urban Transformations at Habitat III in Quito 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Urban Transformations worked to give UK universities and their global community a seat at the table in Quito to refine the New Urban Agenda. UT - ESRC participated in several events facilitating, promoting and coordinating activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/media/Habitat3-UT_schedule-1.pdf
 
Description Workshop in Rio de Janeiro - RESEARCH AND METROPOLITAN HEALTH IN UNEQUAL CITIES 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In this workshop, we aimed to highlight how urban research addresses the challenges of healthy, safe, and sustainable cities and affects urban experience. We presented projects in the context of the UK Economic and Social Research Council's Urban Transformations programme and invited investigators to demonstrate how research findings and outputs have a capacity for change.
Participants included Laura Helena Silveira Guerra de Andrade (USP), Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos (University of Oxford), Ana Bazzan (UFRGS), Veruska Delfino, Gabriel Feltran (UFSCAR), Carolina Grillo (UFRJ), Paul Heritage (Queen Mary University of London), Daniel Hirata (UFF), Deljana Iossifova (University of Manchester), Michael Keith (University of Oxford), Miriam Krenzinger (UFRJ), Nick Manning (KCL), Cathy McIlwaine (KCL), Rosana Morgado (UFRJ), Denver Nixon (University of Oxford), Francisco Ortega (UERJ), Nikolas Rose (KCL), Warren Smith (University of Cape Town), Luiz Eduardo Soares, Isabela Souza da Silva (UFF) and Marcus Vinicius Faustini.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/event/research-and-metropolitan-health-in-unequal-cities/
 
Description Workshop in South Africa: CITIES IN TRANSITION: UNEQUAL INNOVATION IN AFRICAN CITIES 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This workshop invited currently funded ESRC projects to consider contemporary discussions of South African cities and their interaction with other African metropolises using a multi-disciplinary perspective that combines environmental, social, economic and political research. It offered an opportunity for projects that are linked to a single ESRC research stream both to air early findings and network with other projects in the ESRC Urban Transformations programme. Papers combined research challenges and outcomes when discussing contemporary urban problems.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/event/cities-in-transition-unequal-innovation-in-african-ci...
 
Description from city policy to cities policy glasgow june 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact the Glasgow event was specifically to explore city deal policy in the context of Scottish devolution - it was held at the city council run Tontine Centre
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description workshop at bristol festival of the future city 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 75 people attended disemenation event on the foresight project as part of the festival of the future city. it was to feed back findings and to discuss future ways of working. i presented 'co-producing urban research for the future' (see slideshare)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.slideshare.net/networknicola/co-producing-urban-research