Why should urbanists care about co-production?
In this lecture Professor Beth Perry will reflect on the ‘co-productive shift’ over the past 20 years, with particular attention to the theoretical, methodological and practical implications of co-production for urban studies.
Beth will reflect on her initial motivations and subsequent reflections from a 10-year programme of work (2010-2020) to learn-through-doing about the strengths and limitations of co-production in realising more just cities. In the process, Beth will ask whether co-production is a good concept, whose interests it serves and how to marry co-production with critique from the positions of privilege we occupy in the university.
The lecture will argue that co-production is one response to the need for new epistemologies of the urban, but needs to be positioned within a wider field of urban epistemics if it is to be more than a fleeting participatory fad. The lecture will be chaired by Professor Vanesa Castán Broto and will be followed by a drinks reception for those attending in person.
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