Description/achievement of initiative
This programme provides an independent hub to address issues and concerns related to sustainable place making in towns and cities. It offers cross cutting research to guide policy and practice.
It uses an inclusive view to place-based resilience, social cohesion, climate change, active travel and energy transitions to reinvigorate the links between human settlements and the contiguous ecosystems, with sustainability objectives based on comprehensive understanding of local resources.
The work also looks at specific processes relating to a range and types of places including national parks, nature reserves, city-regions, urban and rural communities, food producing regions, and urban regeneration initiatives.
The programme has two main thematic priorities:
Social innovation for place-based development
With a focus on improving the quality of life, liveability and resilience, the work is based on satisfaction of basic needs of people, improvement in social relations and socio-political empowerment of citizens. Social innovation research has a key role to play in the processes of development in the quest to create more sustainable lifestyles and systems of consumption and production. The work further looks at diverse issues around: Sustainable mobility, environmental hazards, urban food systems, low-carbon futures, energy vulnerabilities, ethnicity and entrepreneurship.
Urban and regional governance
The research focus is on policies and practices oriented towards building and exploring sense(s) of place among individuals and communities through inclusive deliberation, innovation and adaptation promoting participatory planning, politics, policymaking and practice especially through interconnected and bottom-linked approaches.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University, Wales (United Kingdom)
GRC Creativitat, InnovaciÃƒÂ³ i TransformaciÃƒÂ³ Urbana, Departament de Sociologia, University of Barcelona (Spain)
Planning and Development Research Unit, University of Leuven (Belgium)
Department of Architecture and Planning, NED University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi (Pakistan)
European Spatial Development Planning Network (EU)
International Network on Social Innovation, Sustainable Development and Territory - INSIST
Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, Wales (United Kingdom)