New Approaches to Urban Living

Rachel Cooper, Alistair Boxall, John Bryson, Paul Chatterton, William Clayton, Graham Gill, Gary Grubb, Eli Hatleskog, Annabel Jenkins, Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley, Helen Manchester, Graham Parkhurst, Mike Pitts, David Relph, Darien Simon, Colin Taylor, Mark Tewdwr-Jones, Sarah Toy and Paul Vallance

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In 2016 all the UK Research Councils came together to fund a new programme. The RCUK/Innovate UK Urban Living Partnership (ULP) aims to harness UK research and innovation strengths and to help cities realise a vision of healthy, prosperous and sustainable living. These future cities will support strong regional and national economies. They will be resilient, with the ability to adapt and thrive in response to environmental, economic or social change. They will be responsive to the needs and aspirations of their diverse communities.

Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Newcastle & Gateshead and York are the pilot cities for the programme. Though led by universities, each study brought together university researchers, local authorities and over 70 partners from business and the third sector in multidisciplinary initiatives that seek to rewrite the blueprint for the evolution of city living. Among over 20 disciplines contributing to the work are civil engineering, computer science, planning, psychology, management, arts and humanities, the creative industries and health sciences.

Each project faced distinct challenges and shared common goals. These included empowering citizens to co-design their future cities and finding ways to turn grand aspirations into mutually beneficial business opportunities, leading to greater health, well-being and prosperity for all.

As the research nears its end, this session brings together researchers, their partners and funders with the public to identify what has been learned about cities; identify strategies and programmes of work that will see cities transformed in the future; and identify where research is needed next.

The key questions discussed are:

  • How valuable is an approach that uses systems-thinking focussed on co-production?
  • What does the ULP say about the challenges/ root causes of problems and solutions?
  • How do universities engage with local communities in research?
  • How does research help communities identify the real problems in each area?
  • How does research help city partners – especially elected officials and mayors – co-produce futures for their cities?
  • How does this help bridge/fill gaps between institutions, businesses, communities, individuals?
  • How do the various projects help us to set out a long-term transformative route map that will help us deliver citizen centric/led infrastructure provision?


Chaired by Rachel Cooper. Speakers include: Alistair Boxall, John Bryson, Paul Chatterton, William Clayton, Graham Gill, Gary Grubb, Eli Hatleskog, Annabel Jenkins, Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley, Helen Manchester, Graham Parkhurst, Mike Pitts, David Relph, Darien Simon, Colin Taylor, Mark Tewdwr-Jones, Sarah Toy and Paul Vallance.

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