Jam and Justice
Cities are sites of crisis and opportunity. In a context of rapid social change and austerity, the effectiveness of traditional systems of urban governance is in doubt. Jam and Justice: Co-Producing Urban Governance for Social Innovation aims to create a unique space for social innovation to co-produce, test and learn from new ways of governing cities. ‘Jam’ is about trying to bring together different partners in the city to experiment and innovate to address shared problems. ‘Justice’ is about re-connecting with those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from the search for solutions.
Through the development of an Action Research Cooperative (ARC) in Greater Manchester, the project aims to bring together academics, practitioners, citizens and political leaders to exchange knowledge and develop creative responses to emerging urban governance challenges. In addition to a series of ‘learn and do’ activities to generate primary data, the project will also promote live debates, online communities and learning exchange visits within the UK and internationally. This will enable critical reflection on how to organise knowledge better to make positive urban transformations happen that are inclusive and equitable.
Prof Beth Perry, LIP Director in Sheffield-Manchester is the Principal Investigator of the project. The project team consists of seven more people:
Prof Tim May, Sheffield Methods Institute, as methodological advisor; Bertie Russell as research associate; Catherine Durose, Elisabeth Richardson and Alexander Whinnom as co-investigators, Vicky Simpson as project officer and Terrence Fernando as digital advisor.
Article by Bertie Russel, Research fellow at Sheffield Urban Institute, 'Mapping Participatory Urban Governance'
Blog by Beth Perry 2 Feb 2017: http://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/blog/2017/jam-justice-co-produ…