Urban research: beyond disciplinarity?

Many aspects of urban research are concerned with messy, complex or ‘wicked’ problems (i.e. problems which are difficult to manage or resolve because of a diversity of actors and interests involved, different perceptions of the problems, uncertainties of outcomes and consequences, etc.). Dealing with such complex problems makes urban research (and policy-making) a challenging endeavour. Over the last few years, research funding has increasingly advocated interdisciplinary research approaches and theco-creation of knowledge between academics, policy-makers and other stakeholders as important ways of addressing messy, complex or ‘wicked’ urban problems.

The aim of the workshop “Urban research: beyond disciplinarity” was to explore the use of interdisciplinary approaches and methods of knowledge co-creation in urban research. Speakers from research funding agencies, universities and governments with experience of these issues from across Europe will reflected on the notions of interdisciplinarity and co-creation in a variety of research programmes and projects. They discussed how and why these notions are used, and how they are put into practice. Speakers  also considered the specific constraints and opportunities associated with research that involves interdisciplinarity and/or co-creation.

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Keynote presentations

Workshop Introduction

Dominic Stead, Delft University of Technology, Management Committee Member, COST Action TD1408

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The most wicked problem of all

Geert Teisman, Erasmus University Rotterdam, member of the SURF (Smart Urban Regions of the Future) programme committee and member of the management committee of COST Action TD1408

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Session 1: Perspectives from national research funding agencies

Risto Vilkko, Academy of Finland (AKA) – Interdisciplinarity and co-creation in Finnish research programming

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Carolien Maas, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) – Interdisciplinarity and co-creation in the Smart Urban Regions of the Future (SURF) Research Programme

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Session 2: Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe

Arjan van Binsbergen, JPI Urban Europe – Experiences of promoting interdisciplinarity and co-creation in research programming

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Federico Salvini, University of Amsterdam – Experiences of interdisciplinarity and co-creation from the research community

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Mirjana Milanovic, City of Amsterdam – Experiences of interdisciplinarity and co-creation from a stakeholder organization involved in a research project

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Session 3: European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities

Hans Günther Schwarz, Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology – Experiences of interdisciplinarity and co-creation from the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities

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Christof Schremmer, Austrian Institute for Spatial Planning – Experiences of interdisciplinarity and co-creation from the research community

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Wrap up & Conclusions


Derived lessons from previous presentations and discussions

Arjan Van Binsergen

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Conclusions

Arjan Van Binsergen

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Working Group Meetings


WG1 – Reflecting and learning

Summary of Delft WG1 workshop

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WG2:  Focus and Next Steps

Summary of Delft WG2 workshop

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WG3: SWOT analyses-case studies Posters

Future City Lab – Realworld Laboratory for a sustainable mobility culture
University of Stuttgart (Astrid Ley/Antje Stockman/Marius Gantert/Eric Puttrowait/ Raphael Diez)

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Homelessness Greenland
Hans Andersen, Partners: Government of Greenland

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Positive Footprint Housing/Brf VIVA
Sten Gromark INTREPID/SE & AIDAH Environment
Partners: Chalmers University of Technology Dep of Architecture & Riksbyggen EF Göteborg, Sweden

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Cooperation on Cultural Heritage in Rural Areas France and China (Guizhou Province)
Françoise Ged, Head of Observatoire de la Chine/CAPA
Partners : CAPA, Tongji Univ., WHITRAP, Guizhou Province Cultural Bureau, French Ministry of
Culture, APMM, CMTRA, Gadagne Museum, RGSF, European Institute of Cultural Routes, EHESS

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UH-Lafarge Tarmac Sustainable Living Study
University of Hertfordshire, UK
Dr Alasdair Jones, Department of Methodology, LSE, UK (lead researcher on study)

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Tallinna peatänav/Tallinn Main Street, Tallinn, Estonia
Prof Katrin Paadam, Dr Liis Ojamäe
Partners: Estonian Centre of Architecture, Tallinn City Government, Estonian Union of Architects

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Neubad Lucerne
Lucerne, Switzerland
Prof. Sibylla Amstutz, C. Lars Schuchert, Bettina Minder, Prof. Alex Willener, Ilya Fanghänel
Partners: Neubad Consortium

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