Currently there is a lack of representation in urban decision making, with segments of society having no voice: the need for representative and democratic urban governance call for social innovation, participatory approaches, and deliberate co-creation of urban knowledge and policy. This co-creation should in principle involve citizens and public and private actors as well as urban experts of all sorts (scholars, consultants…); because the issues at stake, including highly technical ones, overflow traditional disciplinary boundaries. This also applies to urban research, hence JPI Urban Europe wants to involve society in its research policy to ensure that the urban needs of the citizens are met.
We plan to have workshops, (match making) events and invited talks to get the cooperation going.


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