Beyond critique: the value of co-production in realising just cities?

Perry, B., & Atherton, M. (2017). Beyond critique: the value of co-production in realising just cities? Local Environment, 22(sup1), 36–51. doi:10.1080/13549839.2017.1297389

Platform
Sheffield-Manchester
Publication type
Scientific article (peer-reviewed)
DOI Title
Beyond critique: the value of co-production in realising just cities?
Journal
Local Environment
ISSN/ISBN
1354-9839 1469-6711
DOI
10.1080/13549839.2017.1297389
Author(s)
Beth Perry Mark Atherton
Published date
Subject
Geography, Planning and Development Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

 

Abstract

This paper contributes to the burgeoning literature on the role of academic–practice relationships in contributing to sustainable urban development. We argue that co-production offers a potential pathway for academics to work with policy-makers in moving towards the realisation of more just cities. The paper starts from the position that there is an essential need for, but limit to, critique alone in contributing to the possibility of urban change. Moving towards a shared critique as a basis for future action is an important precondition for realising more just cities, adding weight to the voices arguing for alternative urban visions. These arguments are advanced through a study conducted by academic researchers and policy-makers in the Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub. The paper outlines a process for working with existing urban institutions within institutional constraints to develop affirmative actions with the aim of longer term transformations. A key contribution is then the identification of eight markers for assessing progress towards the realisation of more just cities.