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October 2015

New urban project wins funding

(2 October 2015)

A new project, Jam and Justice: Co-Producing Urban Governance for Social Innovation, has just won £3 million of funding.

The project, which will run until January 2019, was one of only four awarded funding under the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Urban Transformations programme. Liz Richardson, from the School of Social Sciences, is the Co-Investigator of the project which will be carried out in collaboration with academics from The University of Salford and The University of Birmingham.

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 important award contributes to the research agenda of cities@manchester, which focuses on on devomanc and the inclusive growth. This work brings together academics from across the Faculty including the Alliance Manchester Business School, School of Environment, Education and Development, School of Social Sciences, and Institute of Population Health.

Kevin Ward, Director of cities@manchester said: “Devolution and the notion of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ has the potential to be one of the most profound changes in the way that government finances, organises and delivers its services. Researchers at The University of Manchester are monitoring this agenda unfold across a number of areas of policy, working with a range of local and national actors and acting as a ‘critical friend’ to those who make policy.”

Find out more about the project on the Jam and Justice website.