The Bristol Urban Area Diagnostics Pilot

Lead Research Organisation: University of Bristol
Department Name: Civil Engineering

Abstract

As European Green Capital 2015 and one of the Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities, Bristol has challenged itself to transform by 2065 into a place where citizens 'flourish' by working together to create wellbeing, and achieve this equitably and sustainably. The Bristol Urban Area can legitimately claim to be in the vanguard of such urban transformation, and yet its development pathway remains characterised by paradox, and the need to deal with some stark realities and to challenge a 'business-as-usual' mind-set if progress towards aspirational goals is to be sustained. This proposal addresses a fundamental issue: what is stopping Bristol from bridging the gap between its current situation and the desired future as encapsulated in the City's various visions and aspirations?

We have forged a partnership focused on the contiguous City of Bristol and South Gloucestershire urban area. We have secured the full backing of the two local authorities, Bristol Green Capital Partnership and Bristol Health Partners, the LEP, the local business community, citizen groups, and academics from across both Universities, with tangible commitments of support. Dissolving siloes through partnership, and a genuine interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral collaboration, is core to our approach, and hence both Universities have committed to share equally the financial resources with external partners in a three-way split.

It is a key strength of this project that we are able to leverage extensively on internationally leading research assets, including: 'Bristol is Open', the FP7-funded Systems Thinking for Efficient Energy Planning (STEEP), the Horizon 2020 REPLICATE project, ongoing work at the £3.5m EPSRC/ESRC International Centre for Infrastructure Futures (ICIF) and co-produced and co-designed research such as the AHRC/ESRC Connected Communities and Digital Economy funded projects including REACT Hub, Tangible Memories and Productive Margins. We also have access to a wealth of highly valuabe data sources including the 2015 State of Bristol Report, Bristol's Quality of Life Survey, and the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents & Children that has followed the health of 14,500 local families since the 1990s.

We intend to build on the ICIF cognitive modelling approach which identifies the importance of challenging established mental models since these entrench a 'business-as-usual' mind-set. At the heart is co-creation and co-production, and an acknowledgement that citizen behaviour and action are essential to the delivery of desired societal outcomes such as wellbeing, equality, health, learning, and carbon neutrality.

The work programme synthesises existing domain-specific diagnostic methodologies and tools to create a novel Integrated Diagnostics Framework. We believe strongly that unless an integrating framework is developed to bring together multiple viewpoints, the diagnosis of urban challenges will remain fragmented and understandings will potentially conflict. We will apply this framework in this pilot project to diagnosis complex problems across four 'Challenge Themes': Mobility & Accessibility, Health & Happiness, Equality & Inclusion and the 'Carbon Neutral' city. We have appointed 'Theme Leaders' who are all 'end users' of the diagnostics, ensuring that the process of investigation is cross-sectoral, interdisciplinary, participatory and grounded in real-world context and application.

The legacy of the project will be threefold: firstly innovation in the diagnostic framework and methods needed to address urban challenges; secondly its application to the Bristol urban area and the resulting diagnostics synthesise across the four Challenge Themes; and finally the formation of an embryonic cadre of cross-sector city leaders with the capability to apply integrated diagnostics and challenge the prevailing 'business as usual' approaches.

Planned Impact

Focussing on significant challenges. The Bristol Urban Area (BUA) can legitimately claim to be in the vanguard of urban transformation, owing to numerous accolades in liveability, sustainability, and urban innovation. However, its development is characterised by paradox and there are stark realities to face. Significant progress is needed in interconnected challenges of 'health and happiness', 'mobility and accessibility', 'equality and inclusion' and 'carbon-neutral city'. Evidence on the urgency of these challenges is presented in the Case for Support. Our long-term ambition, through effective diagnoses, is to make a significant impact in these areas.

Co-production with end users - partnerships for impact. The Pilot will take us part of the way towards the above goal, yet it is critical to design for impact and ensure the diagnostic framework will meet the needs of future end-users. Thus, this proposal has been co-developed with a wealth of end-users with significant influence (Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire Council, Bristol Green Capital Partnership and Bristol Health Partners). This approach has established a dedicated set of partners, committed to the outcomes and to long-term legacy. End-users have agreed to lead 'challenge theme' investigations, creating an intimate involvement in the project and ensuring they can benefit immediately from the new knowledge.

Supporting the improvement of collaborative practices for health, mobility, carbon-neutral city, equality and beyond. To resolve interconnected challenges in the context of budget constraints, effective collaborations across organisational and disciplinary boundaries are essential. An Integrated Diagnostic Framework focussed on collaborative practices will offer new ways to robustly assess and learn in real time, generating short-term, but potentially large-scale impacts on BUA's mobility and accessibility, health and happiness, inclusion and inequality and Carbon-neutral agendas. However, the framework will also be applicable to other challenges leading to an exponential potential for impact. The diagnostic framework will be publicly accessible on a prominent webpage and shared via partners (engaging at least 450 people) alongside supporting method documents, formal project reports, blogs, and simple guides to help change-makers from a variety of backgrounds replicate the diagnosis in new challenge areas. A joint training session will attract 100+ people and support leadership development. Podcasts and training materials from the session will be made available online for a wider audience. Inclusion in the October 2017 'Festival of the Future City' will secure widespread awareness and uptake amongst the public, international policy makers, academics and businesses. Exceptional support from the Local Economic Partnership, Arup and Buro Happold offers routes to impact amongst business. UoB's Cabot Institute - a coordinator for Future Cities research - will act as an ongoing conduit for the project, coordinating future funding applications, monitoring impact and organising events to ensure continuity of the partnership during any future funding gaps. Regular connection to national and international networks (e.g. UWE's WHO Collaborating Centre on Healthy Urban Environments, Core Cities network, ICLEI, the Rockefeller Resilient City Network) offers routes to impact far beyond Bristol.

The legacy of this project will be threefold: first, innovation in the diagnostic framework and methods needed to address the challenges of urban living holistically; second, the application of this diagnostic approach to the BUA in order to identify the obstacles that have prevented further progress in delivering outcomes; and finally, a legacy through the formation of an embryonic cadre of cross-sectoral city leaders with the capability to use this learning to challenge the 'business as usual' approaches we experience in urban systems in BUA and the UK as a whole.

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Description At this point the Urban ID research is ongoing and findings are preliminary. However the following are the main outcomes to emerge:
1. We have established a synthesis of co-production, learning journeys, resilience and systems thinking research within an integrated diagnostics framework, and we have been able to apply this to explore the diagnosis of urban challenges. At this stage the framework represents a preliminary product of the research.
2. The challenge we set ourselves at the outset of this project was to understand and diagnose "What is stopping Bristol from bridging the gap between our current situation and the desired future as encapsulated by the City's various visions and aspirations?". This has required a significant co-production programme in its own right to bring together leaders and decision-makers from local partnerships, the two local authorities and NGOs - comprising a practitioner community - and create a space for them to work alongside researchers from a range of academic disciplines. The reflection and feedback of the practitioner community is that this has been a novel process that has added rigour and creativity to strategic planning and development activities in the Bristol urban area.
3. A further finding of the Urban ID project is the learning arising from having set up this cross-sector, transdisciplinary programme.
4. Development of the diagnostic framework is being achieved by applying it to five geographically-located case studies, each of which presents a rich set of interconnected urban challenges. This 'real-world' application is providing a stimulus for researchers to develop the tools and methods needed to successfully engage citizens and practitioners in co-production of the problem diagnoses and co-creation of potential solutions.
Exploitation Route The urban living diagnostics framework is intended for general use. Once tested and validated, we expect it to be of use to anyone wishing to diagnose urban living issues in any contextual setting.

We aim to develop a long term route map that will provide a research and development pathway towards the desired long term goals. The route map will enable integration of thinking and practice and will identify the sequences of actions that should be followed.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Construction,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Electronics,Energy,Environment,Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Retail,Security and Diplomacy,Transport
URL http://www.bristol.ac.uk/cabot/research/urban-id
 
Description At this stage in the project impacts are embryonic and it is possible only to make the qualitative assessments of research impact as follows: 1. A first impact is that the Urban ID project has begun to form a cadre of city planners and thinkers equipped to tackle city-wide challenges with the perspectives arising out of systems and co-production mindsets, and with the engagement and enthusiasm to sustain and embed this new approach. These planners and thinkers are now themselves proposing new projects and areas to which to apply the co-production, systems thinking, and learning journey approaches, including application to significant institutional developments and city-wide strategic planning. 2. A second impact area is the support that the Urban ID project is able to provide in terms of resources and knowledge to a citizen-led housing case study in South Bristol. This activity has great significance in Bristol due to the presence of many low density developments in Bristol's suburban areas and associated with these the relatively poor mobility choices for residents; the lack of employment opportunities in such disadvantaged areas, and the issue of affordability of housing in Bristol. The research on this case study is ongoing.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Education,Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Healthcare,Transport
Impact Types Societal
 
Description Bristol Urban ID 
Organisation Arup Group
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We are leading this Urban Living Partnership Pilot project. We are overseeing the development of a new integrated urban diagnostics tool and its implementation through a programme of engagement activities with diverse stakeholder groups across the Bristol city-region. The project is still in its formative stages. The prototype diagnostics framework is now being tested and evaluated. It will be updated and applied more widely later in 2017. We shall oversee the abstraction and synthesis of the learning from all these activities.
Collaborator Contribution All the partners have been involved as participants in the co-production approach being followed in the development, application, evaluation and synthesis of the integrated urban diagnostics tool. Each participant is involved in the design and implementation of one or more case study applications of the tool.
Impact This project is still in its formative stages. There are no formal outputs or outcomes attributable to it at present. At this point the Urban ID research is ongoing and findings are preliminary. However the following are the main outcomes to emerge: 1. We have established a synthesis of co-production, learning journeys, resilience and systems thinking research within an integrated diagnostics framework, and we have been able to apply this to explore the diagnosis of urban challenges. At this stage the framework represents a preliminary product of the research. 2. The challenge we set ourselves at the outset of this project was to understand and diagnose "What is stopping Bristol from bridging the gap between our current situation and the desired future as encapsulated by the City's various visions and aspirations?". This has required a significant co-production programme in its own right to bring together leaders and decision-makers from local partnerships, the two local authorities and NGOs - comprising a practitioner community - and create a space for them to work alongside researchers from a range of academic disciplines. The reflection and feedback of the practitioner community is that this has been a novel process that has added rigour and creativity to strategic planning and development activities in the Bristol urban area. 3. A further finding of the Urban ID project is the learning arising from having set up this cross-sector, transdisciplinary programme. 4. Development of the diagnostic framework is being achieved by applying it to five geographically-located case studies, each of which presents a rich set of interconnected urban challenges. This 'real-world' application is providing a stimulus for researchers to develop the tools and methods needed to successfully engage citizens and practitioners in co-production of the problem diagnoses and co-creation of potential solutions. Emerging Impacts: Again at this stage in the project impacts are embryonic and it is possible only to make the qualitative assessments of research impact as follows: 1. A first impact is that the Urban ID project has begun to form a cadre of city planners and thinkers equipped to tackle city-wide challenges with the perspectives arising out of systems and co-production mindsets, and with the engagement and enthusiasm to sustain and embed this new approach. These planners and thinkers are now themselves proposing new projects and areas to which to apply the co-production, systems thinking, and learning journey approaches, including application to significant institutional developments and city-wide strategic planning. 2. A second impact area is the support that the Urban ID project is able to provide in terms of resources and knowledge to a citizen-led housing case study in South Bristol. This activity has great significance in Bristol due to the presence of many low density developments in Bristol's suburban areas and associated with these the relatively poor mobility choices for residents; the lack of employment opportunities in such disadvantaged areas, and the issue of affordability of housing in Bristol. The research on this case study is ongoing. The project is multidisciplinary, involving engineering, transport, environmental sciences, social sciences, health, policy, and creative arts and design.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Bristol Urban ID 
Organisation Bristol City Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We are leading this Urban Living Partnership Pilot project. We are overseeing the development of a new integrated urban diagnostics tool and its implementation through a programme of engagement activities with diverse stakeholder groups across the Bristol city-region. The project is still in its formative stages. The prototype diagnostics framework is now being tested and evaluated. It will be updated and applied more widely later in 2017. We shall oversee the abstraction and synthesis of the learning from all these activities.
Collaborator Contribution All the partners have been involved as participants in the co-production approach being followed in the development, application, evaluation and synthesis of the integrated urban diagnostics tool. Each participant is involved in the design and implementation of one or more case study applications of the tool.
Impact This project is still in its formative stages. There are no formal outputs or outcomes attributable to it at present. At this point the Urban ID research is ongoing and findings are preliminary. However the following are the main outcomes to emerge: 1. We have established a synthesis of co-production, learning journeys, resilience and systems thinking research within an integrated diagnostics framework, and we have been able to apply this to explore the diagnosis of urban challenges. At this stage the framework represents a preliminary product of the research. 2. The challenge we set ourselves at the outset of this project was to understand and diagnose "What is stopping Bristol from bridging the gap between our current situation and the desired future as encapsulated by the City's various visions and aspirations?". This has required a significant co-production programme in its own right to bring together leaders and decision-makers from local partnerships, the two local authorities and NGOs - comprising a practitioner community - and create a space for them to work alongside researchers from a range of academic disciplines. The reflection and feedback of the practitioner community is that this has been a novel process that has added rigour and creativity to strategic planning and development activities in the Bristol urban area. 3. A further finding of the Urban ID project is the learning arising from having set up this cross-sector, transdisciplinary programme. 4. Development of the diagnostic framework is being achieved by applying it to five geographically-located case studies, each of which presents a rich set of interconnected urban challenges. This 'real-world' application is providing a stimulus for researchers to develop the tools and methods needed to successfully engage citizens and practitioners in co-production of the problem diagnoses and co-creation of potential solutions. Emerging Impacts: Again at this stage in the project impacts are embryonic and it is possible only to make the qualitative assessments of research impact as follows: 1. A first impact is that the Urban ID project has begun to form a cadre of city planners and thinkers equipped to tackle city-wide challenges with the perspectives arising out of systems and co-production mindsets, and with the engagement and enthusiasm to sustain and embed this new approach. These planners and thinkers are now themselves proposing new projects and areas to which to apply the co-production, systems thinking, and learning journey approaches, including application to significant institutional developments and city-wide strategic planning. 2. A second impact area is the support that the Urban ID project is able to provide in terms of resources and knowledge to a citizen-led housing case study in South Bristol. This activity has great significance in Bristol due to the presence of many low density developments in Bristol's suburban areas and associated with these the relatively poor mobility choices for residents; the lack of employment opportunities in such disadvantaged areas, and the issue of affordability of housing in Bristol. The research on this case study is ongoing. The project is multidisciplinary, involving engineering, transport, environmental sciences, social sciences, health, policy, and creative arts and design.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Bristol Urban ID 
Organisation Bristol Cultural Development Partnership
Department Bristol Festival of Ideas
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We are leading this Urban Living Partnership Pilot project. We are overseeing the development of a new integrated urban diagnostics tool and its implementation through a programme of engagement activities with diverse stakeholder groups across the Bristol city-region. The project is still in its formative stages. The prototype diagnostics framework is now being tested and evaluated. It will be updated and applied more widely later in 2017. We shall oversee the abstraction and synthesis of the learning from all these activities.
Collaborator Contribution All the partners have been involved as participants in the co-production approach being followed in the development, application, evaluation and synthesis of the integrated urban diagnostics tool. Each participant is involved in the design and implementation of one or more case study applications of the tool.
Impact This project is still in its formative stages. There are no formal outputs or outcomes attributable to it at present. At this point the Urban ID research is ongoing and findings are preliminary. However the following are the main outcomes to emerge: 1. We have established a synthesis of co-production, learning journeys, resilience and systems thinking research within an integrated diagnostics framework, and we have been able to apply this to explore the diagnosis of urban challenges. At this stage the framework represents a preliminary product of the research. 2. The challenge we set ourselves at the outset of this project was to understand and diagnose "What is stopping Bristol from bridging the gap between our current situation and the desired future as encapsulated by the City's various visions and aspirations?". This has required a significant co-production programme in its own right to bring together leaders and decision-makers from local partnerships, the two local authorities and NGOs - comprising a practitioner community - and create a space for them to work alongside researchers from a range of academic disciplines. The reflection and feedback of the practitioner community is that this has been a novel process that has added rigour and creativity to strategic planning and development activities in the Bristol urban area. 3. A further finding of the Urban ID project is the learning arising from having set up this cross-sector, transdisciplinary programme. 4. Development of the diagnostic framework is being achieved by applying it to five geographically-located case studies, each of which presents a rich set of interconnected urban challenges. This 'real-world' application is providing a stimulus for researchers to develop the tools and methods needed to successfully engage citizens and practitioners in co-production of the problem diagnoses and co-creation of potential solutions. Emerging Impacts: Again at this stage in the project impacts are embryonic and it is possible only to make the qualitative assessments of research impact as follows: 1. A first impact is that the Urban ID project has begun to form a cadre of city planners and thinkers equipped to tackle city-wide challenges with the perspectives arising out of systems and co-production mindsets, and with the engagement and enthusiasm to sustain and embed this new approach. These planners and thinkers are now themselves proposing new projects and areas to which to apply the co-production, systems thinking, and learning journey approaches, including application to significant institutional developments and city-wide strategic planning. 2. A second impact area is the support that the Urban ID project is able to provide in terms of resources and knowledge to a citizen-led housing case study in South Bristol. This activity has great significance in Bristol due to the presence of many low density developments in Bristol's suburban areas and associated with these the relatively poor mobility choices for residents; the lack of employment opportunities in such disadvantaged areas, and the issue of affordability of housing in Bristol. The research on this case study is ongoing. The project is multidisciplinary, involving engineering, transport, environmental sciences, social sciences, health, policy, and creative arts and design.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Bristol Urban ID 
Organisation Bristol Green Capital Partnership
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We are leading this Urban Living Partnership Pilot project. We are overseeing the development of a new integrated urban diagnostics tool and its implementation through a programme of engagement activities with diverse stakeholder groups across the Bristol city-region. The project is still in its formative stages. The prototype diagnostics framework is now being tested and evaluated. It will be updated and applied more widely later in 2017. We shall oversee the abstraction and synthesis of the learning from all these activities.
Collaborator Contribution All the partners have been involved as participants in the co-production approach being followed in the development, application, evaluation and synthesis of the integrated urban diagnostics tool. Each participant is involved in the design and implementation of one or more case study applications of the tool.
Impact This project is still in its formative stages. There are no formal outputs or outcomes attributable to it at present. At this point the Urban ID research is ongoing and findings are preliminary. However the following are the main outcomes to emerge: 1. We have established a synthesis of co-production, learning journeys, resilience and systems thinking research within an integrated diagnostics framework, and we have been able to apply this to explore the diagnosis of urban challenges. At this stage the framework represents a preliminary product of the research. 2. The challenge we set ourselves at the outset of this project was to understand and diagnose "What is stopping Bristol from bridging the gap between our current situation and the desired future as encapsulated by the City's various visions and aspirations?". This has required a significant co-production programme in its own right to bring together leaders and decision-makers from local partnerships, the two local authorities and NGOs - comprising a practitioner community - and create a space for them to work alongside researchers from a range of academic disciplines. The reflection and feedback of the practitioner community is that this has been a novel process that has added rigour and creativity to strategic planning and development activities in the Bristol urban area. 3. A further finding of the Urban ID project is the learning arising from having set up this cross-sector, transdisciplinary programme. 4. Development of the diagnostic framework is being achieved by applying it to five geographically-located case studies, each of which presents a rich set of interconnected urban challenges. This 'real-world' application is providing a stimulus for researchers to develop the tools and methods needed to successfully engage citizens and practitioners in co-production of the problem diagnoses and co-creation of potential solutions. Emerging Impacts: Again at this stage in the project impacts are embryonic and it is possible only to make the qualitative assessments of research impact as follows: 1. A first impact is that the Urban ID project has begun to form a cadre of city planners and thinkers equipped to tackle city-wide challenges with the perspectives arising out of systems and co-production mindsets, and with the engagement and enthusiasm to sustain and embed this new approach. These planners and thinkers are now themselves proposing new projects and areas to which to apply the co-production, systems thinking, and learning journey approaches, including application to significant institutional developments and city-wide strategic planning. 2. A second impact area is the support that the Urban ID project is able to provide in terms of resources and knowledge to a citizen-led housing case study in South Bristol. This activity has great significance in Bristol due to the presence of many low density developments in Bristol's suburban areas and associated with these the relatively poor mobility choices for residents; the lack of employment opportunities in such disadvantaged areas, and the issue of affordability of housing in Bristol. The research on this case study is ongoing. The project is multidisciplinary, involving engineering, transport, environmental sciences, social sciences, health, policy, and creative arts and design.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Bristol Urban ID 
Organisation Bristol Health Partners
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We are leading this Urban Living Partnership Pilot project. We are overseeing the development of a new integrated urban diagnostics tool and its implementation through a programme of engagement activities with diverse stakeholder groups across the Bristol city-region. The project is still in its formative stages. The prototype diagnostics framework is now being tested and evaluated. It will be updated and applied more widely later in 2017. We shall oversee the abstraction and synthesis of the learning from all these activities.
Collaborator Contribution All the partners have been involved as participants in the co-production approach being followed in the development, application, evaluation and synthesis of the integrated urban diagnostics tool. Each participant is involved in the design and implementation of one or more case study applications of the tool.
Impact This project is still in its formative stages. There are no formal outputs or outcomes attributable to it at present. At this point the Urban ID research is ongoing and findings are preliminary. However the following are the main outcomes to emerge: 1. We have established a synthesis of co-production, learning journeys, resilience and systems thinking research within an integrated diagnostics framework, and we have been able to apply this to explore the diagnosis of urban challenges. At this stage the framework represents a preliminary product of the research. 2. The challenge we set ourselves at the outset of this project was to understand and diagnose "What is stopping Bristol from bridging the gap between our current situation and the desired future as encapsulated by the City's various visions and aspirations?". This has required a significant co-production programme in its own right to bring together leaders and decision-makers from local partnerships, the two local authorities and NGOs - comprising a practitioner community - and create a space for them to work alongside researchers from a range of academic disciplines. The reflection and feedback of the practitioner community is that this has been a novel process that has added rigour and creativity to strategic planning and development activities in the Bristol urban area. 3. A further finding of the Urban ID project is the learning arising from having set up this cross-sector, transdisciplinary programme. 4. Development of the diagnostic framework is being achieved by applying it to five geographically-located case studies, each of which presents a rich set of interconnected urban challenges. This 'real-world' application is providing a stimulus for researchers to develop the tools and methods needed to successfully engage citizens and practitioners in co-production of the problem diagnoses and co-creation of potential solutions. Emerging Impacts: Again at this stage in the project impacts are embryonic and it is possible only to make the qualitative assessments of research impact as follows: 1. A first impact is that the Urban ID project has begun to form a cadre of city planners and thinkers equipped to tackle city-wide challenges with the perspectives arising out of systems and co-production mindsets, and with the engagement and enthusiasm to sustain and embed this new approach. These planners and thinkers are now themselves proposing new projects and areas to which to apply the co-production, systems thinking, and learning journey approaches, including application to significant institutional developments and city-wide strategic planning. 2. A second impact area is the support that the Urban ID project is able to provide in terms of resources and knowledge to a citizen-led housing case study in South Bristol. This activity has great significance in Bristol due to the presence of many low density developments in Bristol's suburban areas and associated with these the relatively poor mobility choices for residents; the lack of employment opportunities in such disadvantaged areas, and the issue of affordability of housing in Bristol. The research on this case study is ongoing. The project is multidisciplinary, involving engineering, transport, environmental sciences, social sciences, health, policy, and creative arts and design.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Bristol Urban ID 
Organisation BuroHappold Engineering
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We are leading this Urban Living Partnership Pilot project. We are overseeing the development of a new integrated urban diagnostics tool and its implementation through a programme of engagement activities with diverse stakeholder groups across the Bristol city-region. The project is still in its formative stages. The prototype diagnostics framework is now being tested and evaluated. It will be updated and applied more widely later in 2017. We shall oversee the abstraction and synthesis of the learning from all these activities.
Collaborator Contribution All the partners have been involved as participants in the co-production approach being followed in the development, application, evaluation and synthesis of the integrated urban diagnostics tool. Each participant is involved in the design and implementation of one or more case study applications of the tool.
Impact This project is still in its formative stages. There are no formal outputs or outcomes attributable to it at present. At this point the Urban ID research is ongoing and findings are preliminary. However the following are the main outcomes to emerge: 1. We have established a synthesis of co-production, learning journeys, resilience and systems thinking research within an integrated diagnostics framework, and we have been able to apply this to explore the diagnosis of urban challenges. At this stage the framework represents a preliminary product of the research. 2. The challenge we set ourselves at the outset of this project was to understand and diagnose "What is stopping Bristol from bridging the gap between our current situation and the desired future as encapsulated by the City's various visions and aspirations?". This has required a significant co-production programme in its own right to bring together leaders and decision-makers from local partnerships, the two local authorities and NGOs - comprising a practitioner community - and create a space for them to work alongside researchers from a range of academic disciplines. The reflection and feedback of the practitioner community is that this has been a novel process that has added rigour and creativity to strategic planning and development activities in the Bristol urban area. 3. A further finding of the Urban ID project is the learning arising from having set up this cross-sector, transdisciplinary programme. 4. Development of the diagnostic framework is being achieved by applying it to five geographically-located case studies, each of which presents a rich set of interconnected urban challenges. This 'real-world' application is providing a stimulus for researchers to develop the tools and methods needed to successfully engage citizens and practitioners in co-production of the problem diagnoses and co-creation of potential solutions. Emerging Impacts: Again at this stage in the project impacts are embryonic and it is possible only to make the qualitative assessments of research impact as follows: 1. A first impact is that the Urban ID project has begun to form a cadre of city planners and thinkers equipped to tackle city-wide challenges with the perspectives arising out of systems and co-production mindsets, and with the engagement and enthusiasm to sustain and embed this new approach. These planners and thinkers are now themselves proposing new projects and areas to which to apply the co-production, systems thinking, and learning journey approaches, including application to significant institutional developments and city-wide strategic planning. 2. A second impact area is the support that the Urban ID project is able to provide in terms of resources and knowledge to a citizen-led housing case study in South Bristol. This activity has great significance in Bristol due to the presence of many low density developments in Bristol's suburban areas and associated with these the relatively poor mobility choices for residents; the lack of employment opportunities in such disadvantaged areas, and the issue of affordability of housing in Bristol. The research on this case study is ongoing. The project is multidisciplinary, involving engineering, transport, environmental sciences, social sciences, health, policy, and creative arts and design.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Bristol Urban ID 
Organisation Business West
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We are leading this Urban Living Partnership Pilot project. We are overseeing the development of a new integrated urban diagnostics tool and its implementation through a programme of engagement activities with diverse stakeholder groups across the Bristol city-region. The project is still in its formative stages. The prototype diagnostics framework is now being tested and evaluated. It will be updated and applied more widely later in 2017. We shall oversee the abstraction and synthesis of the learning from all these activities.
Collaborator Contribution All the partners have been involved as participants in the co-production approach being followed in the development, application, evaluation and synthesis of the integrated urban diagnostics tool. Each participant is involved in the design and implementation of one or more case study applications of the tool.
Impact This project is still in its formative stages. There are no formal outputs or outcomes attributable to it at present. At this point the Urban ID research is ongoing and findings are preliminary. However the following are the main outcomes to emerge: 1. We have established a synthesis of co-production, learning journeys, resilience and systems thinking research within an integrated diagnostics framework, and we have been able to apply this to explore the diagnosis of urban challenges. At this stage the framework represents a preliminary product of the research. 2. The challenge we set ourselves at the outset of this project was to understand and diagnose "What is stopping Bristol from bridging the gap between our current situation and the desired future as encapsulated by the City's various visions and aspirations?". This has required a significant co-production programme in its own right to bring together leaders and decision-makers from local partnerships, the two local authorities and NGOs - comprising a practitioner community - and create a space for them to work alongside researchers from a range of academic disciplines. The reflection and feedback of the practitioner community is that this has been a novel process that has added rigour and creativity to strategic planning and development activities in the Bristol urban area. 3. A further finding of the Urban ID project is the learning arising from having set up this cross-sector, transdisciplinary programme. 4. Development of the diagnostic framework is being achieved by applying it to five geographically-located case studies, each of which presents a rich set of interconnected urban challenges. This 'real-world' application is providing a stimulus for researchers to develop the tools and methods needed to successfully engage citizens and practitioners in co-production of the problem diagnoses and co-creation of potential solutions. Emerging Impacts: Again at this stage in the project impacts are embryonic and it is possible only to make the qualitative assessments of research impact as follows: 1. A first impact is that the Urban ID project has begun to form a cadre of city planners and thinkers equipped to tackle city-wide challenges with the perspectives arising out of systems and co-production mindsets, and with the engagement and enthusiasm to sustain and embed this new approach. These planners and thinkers are now themselves proposing new projects and areas to which to apply the co-production, systems thinking, and learning journey approaches, including application to significant institutional developments and city-wide strategic planning. 2. A second impact area is the support that the Urban ID project is able to provide in terms of resources and knowledge to a citizen-led housing case study in South Bristol. This activity has great significance in Bristol due to the presence of many low density developments in Bristol's suburban areas and associated with these the relatively poor mobility choices for residents; the lack of employment opportunities in such disadvantaged areas, and the issue of affordability of housing in Bristol. The research on this case study is ongoing. The project is multidisciplinary, involving engineering, transport, environmental sciences, social sciences, health, policy, and creative arts and design.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Bristol Urban ID 
Organisation Future Cities Catapult Limited
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We are leading this Urban Living Partnership Pilot project. We are overseeing the development of a new integrated urban diagnostics tool and its implementation through a programme of engagement activities with diverse stakeholder groups across the Bristol city-region. The project is still in its formative stages. The prototype diagnostics framework is now being tested and evaluated. It will be updated and applied more widely later in 2017. We shall oversee the abstraction and synthesis of the learning from all these activities.
Collaborator Contribution All the partners have been involved as participants in the co-production approach being followed in the development, application, evaluation and synthesis of the integrated urban diagnostics tool. Each participant is involved in the design and implementation of one or more case study applications of the tool.
Impact This project is still in its formative stages. There are no formal outputs or outcomes attributable to it at present. At this point the Urban ID research is ongoing and findings are preliminary. However the following are the main outcomes to emerge: 1. We have established a synthesis of co-production, learning journeys, resilience and systems thinking research within an integrated diagnostics framework, and we have been able to apply this to explore the diagnosis of urban challenges. At this stage the framework represents a preliminary product of the research. 2. The challenge we set ourselves at the outset of this project was to understand and diagnose "What is stopping Bristol from bridging the gap between our current situation and the desired future as encapsulated by the City's various visions and aspirations?". This has required a significant co-production programme in its own right to bring together leaders and decision-makers from local partnerships, the two local authorities and NGOs - comprising a practitioner community - and create a space for them to work alongside researchers from a range of academic disciplines. The reflection and feedback of the practitioner community is that this has been a novel process that has added rigour and creativity to strategic planning and development activities in the Bristol urban area. 3. A further finding of the Urban ID project is the learning arising from having set up this cross-sector, transdisciplinary programme. 4. Development of the diagnostic framework is being achieved by applying it to five geographically-located case studies, each of which presents a rich set of interconnected urban challenges. This 'real-world' application is providing a stimulus for researchers to develop the tools and methods needed to successfully engage citizens and practitioners in co-production of the problem diagnoses and co-creation of potential solutions. Emerging Impacts: Again at this stage in the project impacts are embryonic and it is possible only to make the qualitative assessments of research impact as follows: 1. A first impact is that the Urban ID project has begun to form a cadre of city planners and thinkers equipped to tackle city-wide challenges with the perspectives arising out of systems and co-production mindsets, and with the engagement and enthusiasm to sustain and embed this new approach. These planners and thinkers are now themselves proposing new projects and areas to which to apply the co-production, systems thinking, and learning journey approaches, including application to significant institutional developments and city-wide strategic planning. 2. A second impact area is the support that the Urban ID project is able to provide in terms of resources and knowledge to a citizen-led housing case study in South Bristol. This activity has great significance in Bristol due to the presence of many low density developments in Bristol's suburban areas and associated with these the relatively poor mobility choices for residents; the lack of employment opportunities in such disadvantaged areas, and the issue of affordability of housing in Bristol. The research on this case study is ongoing. The project is multidisciplinary, involving engineering, transport, environmental sciences, social sciences, health, policy, and creative arts and design.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Bristol Urban ID 
Organisation Knowle West Media Centre
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We are leading this Urban Living Partnership Pilot project. We are overseeing the development of a new integrated urban diagnostics tool and its implementation through a programme of engagement activities with diverse stakeholder groups across the Bristol city-region. The project is still in its formative stages. The prototype diagnostics framework is now being tested and evaluated. It will be updated and applied more widely later in 2017. We shall oversee the abstraction and synthesis of the learning from all these activities.
Collaborator Contribution All the partners have been involved as participants in the co-production approach being followed in the development, application, evaluation and synthesis of the integrated urban diagnostics tool. Each participant is involved in the design and implementation of one or more case study applications of the tool.
Impact This project is still in its formative stages. There are no formal outputs or outcomes attributable to it at present. At this point the Urban ID research is ongoing and findings are preliminary. However the following are the main outcomes to emerge: 1. We have established a synthesis of co-production, learning journeys, resilience and systems thinking research within an integrated diagnostics framework, and we have been able to apply this to explore the diagnosis of urban challenges. At this stage the framework represents a preliminary product of the research. 2. The challenge we set ourselves at the outset of this project was to understand and diagnose "What is stopping Bristol from bridging the gap between our current situation and the desired future as encapsulated by the City's various visions and aspirations?". This has required a significant co-production programme in its own right to bring together leaders and decision-makers from local partnerships, the two local authorities and NGOs - comprising a practitioner community - and create a space for them to work alongside researchers from a range of academic disciplines. The reflection and feedback of the practitioner community is that this has been a novel process that has added rigour and creativity to strategic planning and development activities in the Bristol urban area. 3. A further finding of the Urban ID project is the learning arising from having set up this cross-sector, transdisciplinary programme. 4. Development of the diagnostic framework is being achieved by applying it to five geographically-located case studies, each of which presents a rich set of interconnected urban challenges. This 'real-world' application is providing a stimulus for researchers to develop the tools and methods needed to successfully engage citizens and practitioners in co-production of the problem diagnoses and co-creation of potential solutions. Emerging Impacts: Again at this stage in the project impacts are embryonic and it is possible only to make the qualitative assessments of research impact as follows: 1. A first impact is that the Urban ID project has begun to form a cadre of city planners and thinkers equipped to tackle city-wide challenges with the perspectives arising out of systems and co-production mindsets, and with the engagement and enthusiasm to sustain and embed this new approach. These planners and thinkers are now themselves proposing new projects and areas to which to apply the co-production, systems thinking, and learning journey approaches, including application to significant institutional developments and city-wide strategic planning. 2. A second impact area is the support that the Urban ID project is able to provide in terms of resources and knowledge to a citizen-led housing case study in South Bristol. This activity has great significance in Bristol due to the presence of many low density developments in Bristol's suburban areas and associated with these the relatively poor mobility choices for residents; the lack of employment opportunities in such disadvantaged areas, and the issue of affordability of housing in Bristol. The research on this case study is ongoing. The project is multidisciplinary, involving engineering, transport, environmental sciences, social sciences, health, policy, and creative arts and design.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Bristol Urban ID 
Organisation PWC (UK) Limited
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We are leading this Urban Living Partnership Pilot project. We are overseeing the development of a new integrated urban diagnostics tool and its implementation through a programme of engagement activities with diverse stakeholder groups across the Bristol city-region. The project is still in its formative stages. The prototype diagnostics framework is now being tested and evaluated. It will be updated and applied more widely later in 2017. We shall oversee the abstraction and synthesis of the learning from all these activities.
Collaborator Contribution All the partners have been involved as participants in the co-production approach being followed in the development, application, evaluation and synthesis of the integrated urban diagnostics tool. Each participant is involved in the design and implementation of one or more case study applications of the tool.
Impact This project is still in its formative stages. There are no formal outputs or outcomes attributable to it at present. At this point the Urban ID research is ongoing and findings are preliminary. However the following are the main outcomes to emerge: 1. We have established a synthesis of co-production, learning journeys, resilience and systems thinking research within an integrated diagnostics framework, and we have been able to apply this to explore the diagnosis of urban challenges. At this stage the framework represents a preliminary product of the research. 2. The challenge we set ourselves at the outset of this project was to understand and diagnose "What is stopping Bristol from bridging the gap between our current situation and the desired future as encapsulated by the City's various visions and aspirations?". This has required a significant co-production programme in its own right to bring together leaders and decision-makers from local partnerships, the two local authorities and NGOs - comprising a practitioner community - and create a space for them to work alongside researchers from a range of academic disciplines. The reflection and feedback of the practitioner community is that this has been a novel process that has added rigour and creativity to strategic planning and development activities in the Bristol urban area. 3. A further finding of the Urban ID project is the learning arising from having set up this cross-sector, transdisciplinary programme. 4. Development of the diagnostic framework is being achieved by applying it to five geographically-located case studies, each of which presents a rich set of interconnected urban challenges. This 'real-world' application is providing a stimulus for researchers to develop the tools and methods needed to successfully engage citizens and practitioners in co-production of the problem diagnoses and co-creation of potential solutions. Emerging Impacts: Again at this stage in the project impacts are embryonic and it is possible only to make the qualitative assessments of research impact as follows: 1. A first impact is that the Urban ID project has begun to form a cadre of city planners and thinkers equipped to tackle city-wide challenges with the perspectives arising out of systems and co-production mindsets, and with the engagement and enthusiasm to sustain and embed this new approach. These planners and thinkers are now themselves proposing new projects and areas to which to apply the co-production, systems thinking, and learning journey approaches, including application to significant institutional developments and city-wide strategic planning. 2. A second impact area is the support that the Urban ID project is able to provide in terms of resources and knowledge to a citizen-led housing case study in South Bristol. This activity has great significance in Bristol due to the presence of many low density developments in Bristol's suburban areas and associated with these the relatively poor mobility choices for residents; the lack of employment opportunities in such disadvantaged areas, and the issue of affordability of housing in Bristol. The research on this case study is ongoing. The project is multidisciplinary, involving engineering, transport, environmental sciences, social sciences, health, policy, and creative arts and design.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Bristol Urban ID 
Organisation South Gloucestershire Council
Department Department for Children, Adults and Health
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We are leading this Urban Living Partnership Pilot project. We are overseeing the development of a new integrated urban diagnostics tool and its implementation through a programme of engagement activities with diverse stakeholder groups across the Bristol city-region. The project is still in its formative stages. The prototype diagnostics framework is now being tested and evaluated. It will be updated and applied more widely later in 2017. We shall oversee the abstraction and synthesis of the learning from all these activities.
Collaborator Contribution All the partners have been involved as participants in the co-production approach being followed in the development, application, evaluation and synthesis of the integrated urban diagnostics tool. Each participant is involved in the design and implementation of one or more case study applications of the tool.
Impact This project is still in its formative stages. There are no formal outputs or outcomes attributable to it at present. At this point the Urban ID research is ongoing and findings are preliminary. However the following are the main outcomes to emerge: 1. We have established a synthesis of co-production, learning journeys, resilience and systems thinking research within an integrated diagnostics framework, and we have been able to apply this to explore the diagnosis of urban challenges. At this stage the framework represents a preliminary product of the research. 2. The challenge we set ourselves at the outset of this project was to understand and diagnose "What is stopping Bristol from bridging the gap between our current situation and the desired future as encapsulated by the City's various visions and aspirations?". This has required a significant co-production programme in its own right to bring together leaders and decision-makers from local partnerships, the two local authorities and NGOs - comprising a practitioner community - and create a space for them to work alongside researchers from a range of academic disciplines. The reflection and feedback of the practitioner community is that this has been a novel process that has added rigour and creativity to strategic planning and development activities in the Bristol urban area. 3. A further finding of the Urban ID project is the learning arising from having set up this cross-sector, transdisciplinary programme. 4. Development of the diagnostic framework is being achieved by applying it to five geographically-located case studies, each of which presents a rich set of interconnected urban challenges. This 'real-world' application is providing a stimulus for researchers to develop the tools and methods needed to successfully engage citizens and practitioners in co-production of the problem diagnoses and co-creation of potential solutions. Emerging Impacts: Again at this stage in the project impacts are embryonic and it is possible only to make the qualitative assessments of research impact as follows: 1. A first impact is that the Urban ID project has begun to form a cadre of city planners and thinkers equipped to tackle city-wide challenges with the perspectives arising out of systems and co-production mindsets, and with the engagement and enthusiasm to sustain and embed this new approach. These planners and thinkers are now themselves proposing new projects and areas to which to apply the co-production, systems thinking, and learning journey approaches, including application to significant institutional developments and city-wide strategic planning. 2. A second impact area is the support that the Urban ID project is able to provide in terms of resources and knowledge to a citizen-led housing case study in South Bristol. This activity has great significance in Bristol due to the presence of many low density developments in Bristol's suburban areas and associated with these the relatively poor mobility choices for residents; the lack of employment opportunities in such disadvantaged areas, and the issue of affordability of housing in Bristol. The research on this case study is ongoing. The project is multidisciplinary, involving engineering, transport, environmental sciences, social sciences, health, policy, and creative arts and design.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Bristol Urban ID 
Organisation University of the West of England
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are leading this Urban Living Partnership Pilot project. We are overseeing the development of a new integrated urban diagnostics tool and its implementation through a programme of engagement activities with diverse stakeholder groups across the Bristol city-region. The project is still in its formative stages. The prototype diagnostics framework is now being tested and evaluated. It will be updated and applied more widely later in 2017. We shall oversee the abstraction and synthesis of the learning from all these activities.
Collaborator Contribution All the partners have been involved as participants in the co-production approach being followed in the development, application, evaluation and synthesis of the integrated urban diagnostics tool. Each participant is involved in the design and implementation of one or more case study applications of the tool.
Impact This project is still in its formative stages. There are no formal outputs or outcomes attributable to it at present. At this point the Urban ID research is ongoing and findings are preliminary. However the following are the main outcomes to emerge: 1. We have established a synthesis of co-production, learning journeys, resilience and systems thinking research within an integrated diagnostics framework, and we have been able to apply this to explore the diagnosis of urban challenges. At this stage the framework represents a preliminary product of the research. 2. The challenge we set ourselves at the outset of this project was to understand and diagnose "What is stopping Bristol from bridging the gap between our current situation and the desired future as encapsulated by the City's various visions and aspirations?". This has required a significant co-production programme in its own right to bring together leaders and decision-makers from local partnerships, the two local authorities and NGOs - comprising a practitioner community - and create a space for them to work alongside researchers from a range of academic disciplines. The reflection and feedback of the practitioner community is that this has been a novel process that has added rigour and creativity to strategic planning and development activities in the Bristol urban area. 3. A further finding of the Urban ID project is the learning arising from having set up this cross-sector, transdisciplinary programme. 4. Development of the diagnostic framework is being achieved by applying it to five geographically-located case studies, each of which presents a rich set of interconnected urban challenges. This 'real-world' application is providing a stimulus for researchers to develop the tools and methods needed to successfully engage citizens and practitioners in co-production of the problem diagnoses and co-creation of potential solutions. Emerging Impacts: Again at this stage in the project impacts are embryonic and it is possible only to make the qualitative assessments of research impact as follows: 1. A first impact is that the Urban ID project has begun to form a cadre of city planners and thinkers equipped to tackle city-wide challenges with the perspectives arising out of systems and co-production mindsets, and with the engagement and enthusiasm to sustain and embed this new approach. These planners and thinkers are now themselves proposing new projects and areas to which to apply the co-production, systems thinking, and learning journey approaches, including application to significant institutional developments and city-wide strategic planning. 2. A second impact area is the support that the Urban ID project is able to provide in terms of resources and knowledge to a citizen-led housing case study in South Bristol. This activity has great significance in Bristol due to the presence of many low density developments in Bristol's suburban areas and associated with these the relatively poor mobility choices for residents; the lack of employment opportunities in such disadvantaged areas, and the issue of affordability of housing in Bristol. The research on this case study is ongoing. The project is multidisciplinary, involving engineering, transport, environmental sciences, social sciences, health, policy, and creative arts and design.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Bristol Urban ID 
Organisation Watershed Media Centre
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We are leading this Urban Living Partnership Pilot project. We are overseeing the development of a new integrated urban diagnostics tool and its implementation through a programme of engagement activities with diverse stakeholder groups across the Bristol city-region. The project is still in its formative stages. The prototype diagnostics framework is now being tested and evaluated. It will be updated and applied more widely later in 2017. We shall oversee the abstraction and synthesis of the learning from all these activities.
Collaborator Contribution All the partners have been involved as participants in the co-production approach being followed in the development, application, evaluation and synthesis of the integrated urban diagnostics tool. Each participant is involved in the design and implementation of one or more case study applications of the tool.
Impact This project is still in its formative stages. There are no formal outputs or outcomes attributable to it at present. At this point the Urban ID research is ongoing and findings are preliminary. However the following are the main outcomes to emerge: 1. We have established a synthesis of co-production, learning journeys, resilience and systems thinking research within an integrated diagnostics framework, and we have been able to apply this to explore the diagnosis of urban challenges. At this stage the framework represents a preliminary product of the research. 2. The challenge we set ourselves at the outset of this project was to understand and diagnose "What is stopping Bristol from bridging the gap between our current situation and the desired future as encapsulated by the City's various visions and aspirations?". This has required a significant co-production programme in its own right to bring together leaders and decision-makers from local partnerships, the two local authorities and NGOs - comprising a practitioner community - and create a space for them to work alongside researchers from a range of academic disciplines. The reflection and feedback of the practitioner community is that this has been a novel process that has added rigour and creativity to strategic planning and development activities in the Bristol urban area. 3. A further finding of the Urban ID project is the learning arising from having set up this cross-sector, transdisciplinary programme. 4. Development of the diagnostic framework is being achieved by applying it to five geographically-located case studies, each of which presents a rich set of interconnected urban challenges. This 'real-world' application is providing a stimulus for researchers to develop the tools and methods needed to successfully engage citizens and practitioners in co-production of the problem diagnoses and co-creation of potential solutions. Emerging Impacts: Again at this stage in the project impacts are embryonic and it is possible only to make the qualitative assessments of research impact as follows: 1. A first impact is that the Urban ID project has begun to form a cadre of city planners and thinkers equipped to tackle city-wide challenges with the perspectives arising out of systems and co-production mindsets, and with the engagement and enthusiasm to sustain and embed this new approach. These planners and thinkers are now themselves proposing new projects and areas to which to apply the co-production, systems thinking, and learning journey approaches, including application to significant institutional developments and city-wide strategic planning. 2. A second impact area is the support that the Urban ID project is able to provide in terms of resources and knowledge to a citizen-led housing case study in South Bristol. This activity has great significance in Bristol due to the presence of many low density developments in Bristol's suburban areas and associated with these the relatively poor mobility choices for residents; the lack of employment opportunities in such disadvantaged areas, and the issue of affordability of housing in Bristol. The research on this case study is ongoing. The project is multidisciplinary, involving engineering, transport, environmental sciences, social sciences, health, policy, and creative arts and design.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Bristol Urban ID 
Organisation West of England Local Enterprise Partnership
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We are leading this Urban Living Partnership Pilot project. We are overseeing the development of a new integrated urban diagnostics tool and its implementation through a programme of engagement activities with diverse stakeholder groups across the Bristol city-region. The project is still in its formative stages. The prototype diagnostics framework is now being tested and evaluated. It will be updated and applied more widely later in 2017. We shall oversee the abstraction and synthesis of the learning from all these activities.
Collaborator Contribution All the partners have been involved as participants in the co-production approach being followed in the development, application, evaluation and synthesis of the integrated urban diagnostics tool. Each participant is involved in the design and implementation of one or more case study applications of the tool.
Impact This project is still in its formative stages. There are no formal outputs or outcomes attributable to it at present. At this point the Urban ID research is ongoing and findings are preliminary. However the following are the main outcomes to emerge: 1. We have established a synthesis of co-production, learning journeys, resilience and systems thinking research within an integrated diagnostics framework, and we have been able to apply this to explore the diagnosis of urban challenges. At this stage the framework represents a preliminary product of the research. 2. The challenge we set ourselves at the outset of this project was to understand and diagnose "What is stopping Bristol from bridging the gap between our current situation and the desired future as encapsulated by the City's various visions and aspirations?". This has required a significant co-production programme in its own right to bring together leaders and decision-makers from local partnerships, the two local authorities and NGOs - comprising a practitioner community - and create a space for them to work alongside researchers from a range of academic disciplines. The reflection and feedback of the practitioner community is that this has been a novel process that has added rigour and creativity to strategic planning and development activities in the Bristol urban area. 3. A further finding of the Urban ID project is the learning arising from having set up this cross-sector, transdisciplinary programme. 4. Development of the diagnostic framework is being achieved by applying it to five geographically-located case studies, each of which presents a rich set of interconnected urban challenges. This 'real-world' application is providing a stimulus for researchers to develop the tools and methods needed to successfully engage citizens and practitioners in co-production of the problem diagnoses and co-creation of potential solutions. Emerging Impacts: Again at this stage in the project impacts are embryonic and it is possible only to make the qualitative assessments of research impact as follows: 1. A first impact is that the Urban ID project has begun to form a cadre of city planners and thinkers equipped to tackle city-wide challenges with the perspectives arising out of systems and co-production mindsets, and with the engagement and enthusiasm to sustain and embed this new approach. These planners and thinkers are now themselves proposing new projects and areas to which to apply the co-production, systems thinking, and learning journey approaches, including application to significant institutional developments and city-wide strategic planning. 2. A second impact area is the support that the Urban ID project is able to provide in terms of resources and knowledge to a citizen-led housing case study in South Bristol. This activity has great significance in Bristol due to the presence of many low density developments in Bristol's suburban areas and associated with these the relatively poor mobility choices for residents; the lack of employment opportunities in such disadvantaged areas, and the issue of affordability of housing in Bristol. The research on this case study is ongoing. The project is multidisciplinary, involving engineering, transport, environmental sciences, social sciences, health, policy, and creative arts and design.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Integrated diagnostics workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The workshop included the following:
1. Diagnostic Assets Mapping of participants' diagnostic assets (knowledge, expertise, networks, to include data, methodologies, tools, capabilities and experiences) and relating these to the Urban ID project. What/who is missing from the conversation?
2. Overview and Cataloguing of Challenges in the Themes: 1) Health & Happiness;2) Mobility & Accessibility;3) Carbon Neutral City;4) Inclusion & Equality.
3. A First Rapid Diagnostic to develop a diagnostic approach or toolset that could be used to: 1) explore and improve our understanding of the challenge; 2) understand how solutions could be developed and appraised, and 3) identify possible transition pathways to the improved outcomes. From this, can we develop a better shared sense of what is a diagnostic? Where in this do we draw the line (if we do) between diagnosing an undesirable outcome, diagnosing its underlying causes, and exploring the acceptability of possible solutions?
4. Next Steps & Recommendations: Who should we network with for diagnostic framework? How do the research assets relate to the project work packages? What support would we recommend to the Challenge Theme leads to use in their diagnostics? What are the next steps in development of the Integrated Diagnostics Framework?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Urban ID Tools and Methods Workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact These two workshops were for Urban ID partners. The outputs from the workshops were:

o Know how to use learning power profiles in their case study
o Know how to use creative methods to create a space for imagination, narrative and thinking differently in their case study sites
o Know how to go about collaboratively mapping the interdependent systems which impact on their case study
o Have mapped out a project case study, with time lines and deliverables ready to go, with ongoing support.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Urban ID launch event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This event was part of Bristol's Healthy City Week 2016 and formally launched the Bristol Urban ID (Integrated Diagnostics) project. It brought together stakeholders from the Bristol urban area to address dilemmas and issues in urban living. With leading keynote speakers, there was an opportunity for people to join the debate and help shape the research project. Discussion themes around Diagnosing Urban Challenges included:
How do we enhance citizen health and happiness?
How can we create a Carbon Neutral City by 2050?
How can we improve transport and access to services?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Urban ID network event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a social networking event for researchers, business, local authorities and third sector partners involved with, or interested in, urban living, liveable cities, and future cities.
The aim was for people to get to know each other and talk informally about the opportunities of pilot urban living project and the potential for future partnering under the RCUK Urban Living Theme.

Through this pre-launch networking event in July (attended by circa 60 stakeholders), and the launch event in October 2016 (attended by circa 100 stakeholders) we have developed our stakeholder community to 150+ key people and organisations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Urban ID twitter feed 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Urban ID twitter feed (https://twitter.com/@BristolUrbanID) and website (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/cabot/research/urban-id/) and blog http://urban-id.org/about-urban-id/

Our Communication Strategy is aimed at: a) sustaining a dialogue and interest with our stakeholder community, place makers, community organisers and lead agencies in city change making; and b) capturing the development of the project through publishing stories from the team and from guest writers. Our blog site is currently being updated so the project can start to publish stories and posts about the research that is being carried at the moment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://twitter.com/@BristolUrbanID