By nicktaylorbuck on 18 feb, 2019

On the 31st January, the Whose Knowledge Matters project held a workshop to focus on citizens experiences of engaging plans, proposals and consultations in greater Manchester. The 2016 Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) generated debate in many sectors as to what the future of planning in greater Manchester should be. With the recent release of the newly released rewritten GMSF Jan (2019), there was an impetus to discuss citizens involvement in planning decisions. The workshop was a chance to share and review experiences of engaging with planners and officials, at neighbourhood,...

Workshop Manchester Coalition

By nicktaylorbuck on 18 feb, 2019

Despite cold wet weather, on 29th January three dozen people made their way to the Anthony Burgess Institute in central Manchester to forge coalitions for change. There were policy-writers, public servants, charity workers, community group leaders and peer researchers, people who’d come representing something and people who’d come to use their own voice . The event followed months of thoughtful preparation. Many of those in the room were people who’d already engaged with some aspect of Jam and Justice’s action research. There was a buzz of anticipation as people seated themselves, ready to see...

By The Action Research Team on 28 jan, 2019

Grassroots community workers in Manchester came together to consider how people participate in politics, applying the theory of “everyday makers”. The Action Research Team of the Jam & Justice project wrote this blog entry.

Ph D candidate Ryan Bellinson

By Ryan Bellinson on 07 jan, 2019

Ryan Bellinson is a PhD candidate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield’s. His research focuses on innovative urban governance models that may be used to develop socially just and scientifically robust climate change policy. Ryan is currently leading the environmental governance project that investigates coproductive policy development in Greater Manchester, UK

By Nazem Tahvilzadeh on 04 dec, 2018

New forms of collaboration between state and civil society actors are emerging in cities around the world. Nazem Tahvilzadeh summarises a workshop on 'Participatory Cities' at the Mistra Urban Futures conference in Cape Town in November 2108.