What contribution can university-community collaborations make to the creation of flourishing cities?


In July 2017 Productive Margins presented at this AHRC funded event organised by the Connected Communities Programme and Urban Living Pilots  exploring innovative partnerships between universities and civil society organisations engaged in co-creating, re-inventing and improving life in the city and its surroundings.

The key aim of the event was to better understand the ways in which co-produced research between universities and communities helps create flourishing cities, engaged citizens and sustainable urban environment. Keeping in mind some of the the lessons from the Connected Communities work and drawing on a wide range of university-community projects, participants explored the changing role of universities and communities in becoming vital partners of city governance in co-creating new approaches to managing and running cities.

We led a lively round table discussion “Productive Margins: the university inside-out & inside in” drawing on work from the following projects: Isolation and Loneliness of Older People, Life Chances and Who gets to decide what is in my fridge.  The podcast of the session can be found on the link below.

The latest blog about the summer event is available here and you can listen to some of the individual sessions and presentations here
 We also invite you to have a look at the brilliant collection of images by Chris Cronin and drawings by Joff Winterhart.  


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