What have we produced?

Here you can find out more about the outputs and media related to this project, including:


Platting, Pigeons and PFI: a community map and exhibition as part of #Peterloo2019 (June 2019)

The Whose Knowledge Matters exhibition opens at Manchester Central Library, June 2019.

Whose Knowledge Matters? Platting, Pigeons and PFI exhibition opens at Manchester Central Library, June 2019. (Image courtesy of themeteor.org)

Researchers and residents worked together to reveal and value local knowledge about the Manchester neighbourhood of Miles Platting. This was a collaborative process, working with a graphic designer and alternative mapmaker to produce a map which showed challenges and made visible community power and solidarity. The resulting map was exhibited at Manchester Central Library as part of the Manchester Histories' Peterloo 2019 festival. 


Platting, Pigeons and PFI: Explore the interactive map 

This interactive version of the map can be used to explore the findings as part of the counter mapping process, highlighting community challenges, community power mysteries and promises. There is also a link to the interactive People's Map of Manchester created by members of the public during the exhibition at Manchester Central Library as part of the Peterloo 2019 festival. 


Is coproduction possible in planning? A roundtable with scholars and activists in Cape Town (Nov 2018)

Following our roundtable in Sheffield, we organised a panel discussion at the Mistra Urban Futures annual conference in Cape Town with scholars and activitists working on participatory planning projects. Nazem Tahvilzadeh, Swedish collaborator, wrote a blog to capture the debates.


Is true participation possible? Practices, challenges and possibilities for participation in strategic planning (September 2018)

In September 2018 Vicky Habermehl and Beth Perry organised a roundtable at the UK Sheffield and Ireland Planning conference. As part of our work package on participatory planning and the New Urban Agenda we brought practitioners, policy-makers and community groups together to share knowledge about participation in planning in London, Manchester and Gothenburg. A short video of the panel discussion can be seen here.


Failure for whom? Whose knowledge matters in consensus-based planning in the UK (April 2018)

We presented initial findings from our work on the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework in a session at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) conference in New Orleans, in a stream focussing on spaces of struggle. 


Participatory planning and the New Urban Agenda (February 2018)

With additional funding from Mistra Urban Futures, we developed a collaboration with the Swedish FORMAS-funded Impact of Participation project to share common understandings and challenges around participatory planning, in the context of the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 11 and the New Urban Agenda. A short video explains the background to the collaboration.


Cities and the Knowledge Economy: Promise, Politics and Possibilities (January 2018)

This book, produced by Profs Tim May and Beth Perry, provides an in-depth, interdisciplinary, international and comparative examination of the relationship between knowledge and urban development in the contemporary era. The book argues that the 21st century city has been predicated on particular circuits of knowledge that constitute expertise as residing in elite and professional epistemic commuities. In contrast, alternative conceptions of the knowledge society are founded on assumptions which take analysis, deliberation, democracy and the role of citizen communities of practice seriously. This book was launched, along with Reflexivity: The Essential Guide, in January 2018 and is part of our workpackage on working across boundaries. The introduction can be downloaded here.


Reflexivity: The Essential Guide (November 2017)

Reflexivity is integral to good research practice. This text introduces a range of influential thinkers and their key ideas on reflexivity, and incorporates examples from a range of disciplines and research settings. Part of the working across boundaries theme, the book supports Whose Knowledge Matters through providing the groundwork for consideration of the dynamic relationship between thought and action and the implications for contemporary social science and urban studies. 


Valuing Urban Dissensus: Sessions at the RC21 Conference in Leeds (September 2017)

The team organised a paper session at the RC21 Conference on Global Urban Justice, focussing on 'valuing urban dissensus' alongside other colleagues from the University of Sheffield's Urban Institute. A blog wrapping up the activities can be read below.