2016-2019: USE-IT! (Unlocking Social and Economic Innovation Together), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) (€3.64m) http://www.uia-initiative.eu/en/uia-cities/birmingham
USE-IT! (Unlocking Social and Economic Innovation Together) aims to link micro assets in poor neighbourhoods to macro assets (capital and infrastructure projects) in order to reduce displacement and maximise economic and social benefits of urban development for marginalised residents. USE IT! is a collaboration involving fourteen city and regional partners across the public, private and third sector. The research is developing a group of community researchers that are engaging on urban transformation projects around Icknield Port Loop, which is undergoing regeneration and connecting local communities to planning activities within the university.
European Commission ERA Net ERA-NET Co-fund Smart Urban Futures Call: Smart Shrinkage Solutions - Fostering Resilient Cities in Inner Peripheries of Europe (3S RECIPE); (€1.7m) (2017-2020): A partnership with seven cities and academic institutions across Europe developing, testing the resilience of policy solutions on urban shrinkage.
The democratic foundations of the Just City: Power sharing and urban planning politics in three European cities (£225k - Swiss national Science Foundation) (2017-2020): An international comparative framework for analysing just planning politics integrating earlier work on spatial planning systems, urban political leadership and institutional power sharing. The project investigates the role of political leadership and the conditioning role of their regulatory, institutional context directed towards the ideal of the Just City in three case study cities: Birmingham, Zurich and Lyon.
Responding to Slow Burn and Sudden Shock Events (JSPS – with Toyohashi University and Waseda University, Japan): This research aims to explore how policy responses to slow burn and sudden shock events in two Japanese regions affected population shrinkage have adapted to different kinds of shocks. By differentiating between ‘slow burn’ and sudden shock events we aim to re-position the concept of redundancy within social scientific debates on resilience and how adaptive capacity and agents of change need to develop an evolutionary response to crises and slow-burn events.
Socio spatial inequalities: exclusion, segregation, fragmentation and resilience in public housing in Brazil and UK (FAPESP,2016): Brazil with the aim of understanding commodification processes and public policies on housing; this will be used to develop broader model of resilience for ODA countries undergoing commodity exploitation and rapid urbanisation.
2012-2013: Planning Responses to ‘Shock’ and ‘Slow-Burn’ Events: the Role of Redundancy in Regional Resilience (UK and Japan) (ESRC and JSPS)
2012: Open Source Food Distribution: Delivering Distributed Food Manufacture to Enhance Resilience (EPSRC)
2010-2011: Conceptualizing and measuring resilience: the critical role of redundancy (University of Birmingham)
- Centre for Urban and Regional Studies
- Resilience and Urban Living
- Society, Economy and Environment