Values and Learning in Urban Environments
Stakeholders have continuously referred to the need for spaces for reflection to have different kinds of discussions about sustainability in Greater Manchester. This work creates such spaces and contributes to the possibility of more coordinated coherent action for sustainability.
What values do stakeholders have for sustainability? What are the implications for how the city-region is organised, what decisions are taken and who is involved? How can the city-region better learn, reflect and engage its citizens in developing more sustainable futures?
This flagship initiative has three main aims:
1. To create a context for movement from individual to collaborative reflexivity around the values of and for sustainability in Greater Manchester
2. To contribute to the development of cultural memory and learning through knowledge exchange activities
3. To develop a holistic evaluation framework for qualitative research-practice relationships, trialled in real-time through the Greater Manchester platform
The work will be carried out through mixed methods, some pre-defined and others responding to the Greater Manchester LIP’s programme of activities as a whole. They include production of a Thinking Allowed paper, drawing on an intellectual orientation and interview programme; a suite of focus groups, seminars and translation of work for different audiences (including academic outputs); and an annual evaluation report based on reflexive self-evaluation by partners, interviews and desk-based impact mapping.
- Comparative research: potentials and problemsMay, T. & Perry, B. In Social Research: Issues, Methods and Process, 4th edition, T. May (ed). McGraw, Berkshire: Open University Press, 2011
- Values and learning in urban environments: possibilities and practiceMay, T. IFHP 56th World Congress: Inclusive cities in a global world, The International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP). Gothenburg, Sweden, 2012
- Temporality and diversity: what role for pluralistic and engaged research practices in the future university?May, T. and Perry, B. Inspiring future generations: embracing plurality and difference in higher education, Society for Research into Higher Education/AHRC Connected Communities programme. Newport, South Wales, UK, 2014
- Universities, reflexivity and critique: cultures and contexts of research productionMay, T., & Perry, B. (2011). Universities, reflexivity and critique: cultures and contexts of research production. Conference paper presented at The Seventh International Critical Management Studies Conference. Naples, Italy, July 11-13, 2011.
- Governance, reflexivity and critique: places of possibility in spaces of expectationMay, T. Interrogating Urban Crisis: Governance, Contestation and Critique Conference, Urban Studies and Urban Studies Foundation Conference, Local Government Research Unit, De Montfort University. Leicester, U.K., 2013.
- ReflexivityMay, T. In Encyclopaedia of Philosophy and the Social Sciences, B. Kaldis (ed). London: Sage, 2013
- Case studiesPerry, B. In Social Research: Issues, Methods and Process, 4th edition, T. May (ed). McGraw, Berkshire: Open University Press, 2011
- Universities, reflexivity and critique: uneasy parallels in practiceMay, T. & Perry, B. Policy Futures in Education, vol. 11, no. 5, 2013, pp. 505-514
- Reflexivity and the Practice of Qualitative ResearchMay, T., & Perry, B. (2013). Reflexivity and the Practice of Qualitative Research. In Flick U. (Ed) Sage Handbook of Qualitative Data Analysis, London: Sage
Professor Beth Perry is the Director of the Sheffield Manchester Local Interaction Platform for Mistra Urban Futures.Contact me