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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.

Publications

  • Comparative research: potentials and problems
    May, T. & Perry, B. In Social Research: Issues, Methods and Process, 4th edition, T. May (ed). McGraw, Berkshire: Open University Press, 2011
    Location:Sheffield-Manchester Type:Book chapter
  • Values and learning in urban environments: possibilities and practice
    May, T. IFHP 56th World Congress: Inclusive cities in a global world, The International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP). Gothenburg, Sweden, 2012
    Location:Sheffield-Manchester Type:Conference paper (peer-reviewed)
  • 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
    Location:Sheffield-Manchester Type:Conference paper (peer-reviewed)
  • Universities, reflexivity and critique: cultures and contexts of research production
    May, 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.
    Location:Sheffield-Manchester Type:Conference paper (peer-reviewed)
  • Governance, reflexivity and critique: places of possibility in spaces of expectation
    May, 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.
    Location:Sheffield-Manchester Type:Conference paper (peer-reviewed)
  • Reflexivity
    May, T. In Encyclopaedia of Philosophy and the Social Sciences, B. Kaldis (ed). London: Sage, 2013
    Location:Sheffield-Manchester Type:Book chapter
  • Case studies
    Perry, B. In Social Research: Issues, Methods and Process, 4th edition, T. May (ed). McGraw, Berkshire: Open University Press, 2011
    Location:Sheffield-Manchester Type:Book chapter
  • Universities, reflexivity and critique: uneasy parallels in practice
    May, T. & Perry, B. Policy Futures in Education, vol. 11, no. 5, 2013, pp. 505-514
    Location:Sheffield-Manchester Type:Scientific article (peer-reviewed)
  • Reflexivity and the Practice of Qualitative Research
    May, T., & Perry, B. (2013). Reflexivity and the Practice of Qualitative Research. In Flick U. (Ed) Sage Handbook of Qualitative Data Analysis, London: Sage
    Location:Sheffield-Manchester Type:Book chapter

Project members

  • Beth Perry

    Professor Beth Perry is the Director of the Sheffield Manchester Local Interaction Platform for Mistra Urban Futures.

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