To encourage a knowledge building process that is open and iterative, two workshops and a concluding public policy seminar are proposed prior to developing future research. These workshops and the seminar are each tailored to a different stage of knowledge building and each accommodates the core network participants while also allowing for 20 “free spaces” for invited participants, considered a workable number for achieving meaningful outputs.
Workshop 1, scheduled for the 10th -11th November 2014 and hosted by the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, is designed as a forum for core participants to frame their understanding of the relationships between practice and policy. The first part of the workshop will enable participants to diagrammatise their experience and understanding of where policy aided, hindered or was lacking in relation to their practice and research. Input from up to 20 invited practitioners, policy makers, social entrepreneurs, and SMEs from Amsterdam, Den Haag and Rotterdam, will co-created and diagram refined pathways to policy. These will be disseminated via the link below and form the basis for Workshop 2 in Brighton.
Workshop 2, scheduled for the week starting the 2nd of March 2015 and hosted by the University of Brighton, will test, refine and challenge the “Amsterdam” pathways by reviewing these with input from policy professionals involved in the core participants’ projects. An additional twenty guests will be invited from planning departments, NGOs, professional and grass roots organisations in for example Brighton, London, Bristol and Middlesbrough, all cities with previously articulated interests in productive urban landscapes. Following this iterative process, outputs will be disseminated via this website, participants’ attendance at disciplinary specific conferences, and in developing academic papers.
Link coming soon.
Workshop 3, A concluding practice to policy seminar scheduled for the first week of July 2015 and hosted by the University of Sheffield will be directed to invited members of the UK “Sustainable Food Cities Network”, and will be structured to critically review from the perspective of “would-be policy users and developers”, the policy pathways thus far proposed. It will thereby impact on the growing Sustainable Food Cities Network policy strategies, while furthermore informing the Urban Transformations Network’s follow-on research proposal with respect to topic, planning, structuring, and research questions for the planned follow on research and appropriate funding bid.