Co-producing Urbanisms


Cities are shaped by multiple interests, which often act in pursuit of conflicting visions. Urban challenges are complex and require different kinds of knowledge and expertise. Greater citizen participation and strengthening the municipal scale are seen as ways of addressing long-standing economic, social and spatial injustices.

These issues have led to increased interest in co-production, heralded by many as a way of addressing complex issues through bringing together different kinds of expertise to realise more just and sustainable urban futures.

This theme examines the history, processes, practices and potentials of co-production in reshaping relations between knowledge, justice and democracy at the local level.

Research Questions

  • What are the different histories, traditions and practices of co-production across diverse global urban contexts?
  • What are the implications of co-production for the cultural and technical modes, means and modalities of governing cities, especially in reshaping relationships between the local state and citizens?
  • What are the implications of co-production for how we practice social scientific research, the roles of researchers and the wider contributions of universities to their local communities?
  • Can co-production live up to its promise, and if so how?


Theme Lead: Beth Perry

UI members: Vicky Simpson | Vanesa Castan Broto | AbdouMaliq Simone | Enora Robin | Hita Unnikrishnan

Associates: Lee Crookes | Matt Wood | Tim May | Ryan Bellinson (PhD) | Jenny Patient (PhD) | Ana Mendez de Andes Aldama (PhD) 

Visitors: Sophie King | Zarina Patel | Bert Russell | Victoria Habermehl




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