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ISCN 2015: WG 3, James Evans


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ISCN 2015: WG 3, James Evans

  1. 1. Transforming universities through co- production? Shared territories and living labs James Evans
  2. 2. Key points • Campuses are being reframed as living labs for sustainability • Living labs provide framework to strategically align co- production activities temporally and thematically • Projects act as shared territories around which actors coalesce and critically reflect
  3. 3. The opportunity: academic resource 3500 2500 1500 500 EPS Humanities FLS Interdisciplinary
  4. 4. •85 hectare campus •Over 300 buildings •Over 45,000 students and staff. •£1bn to be spent on capital projects in the next decade 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% before 1840 1840- 1914 1915- 1939 1940- 1959 1960- 1979 since 1980 The opportunity: campus test bed
  5. 5. EPS Biomedical Humanities North campus New Campus
  6. 6. Living lab approach Institutionally bounded environment in which to make material interventions in the (real) world and learn from them in a rigorous way’ Monitor Experiment Learn Evans, J. and Karvonen, A. (2014) Give me a laboratory and I will lower your carbon footprint!’ – Urban Laboratories and the Pursuit of Low Carbon Futures. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 38 (2), 413-430
  7. 7. • Geographically and/or institutionally bounded space • Conduct intentional experiments designed to enable innovation and iterative learning • Involve users in knowledge co-production •Promise useful and/or generalisable knowledge BUT hard to assess actual impacts Characteristics of lab style governance Silver, J. and Marvin, S. (Forthcoming) Emerging Styles of Urban Experimentation. In: Evans, J., Karvonen, A. and Raven, R. (Eds.) The Experimental City. Routledge, London
  8. 8. University Living Lab: goals • Collate existing and potential research and teaching activities for the UoM campus • Collate current and planned Estates activities (new build, retrofit and management) and relevant data • Establish venues for constructive collaboration between researchers and Estates • Apply for long-term funding from the public and private sectors • Produce a roadmap for future UoM living lab activities
  9. 9. Temporal coherence - dissertation projects • Building refurb: tes/default/files/Student%20Dissert ation%20Opportunities.pdf • Sustainable procurement: tes/default/files/Student%20Dissert ation%20Opportunities%20procure ment.pdf • Living Lab enabling design
  10. 10. Public Sector Government People Civic Society Academia Higher Education Private Sector Businesses Thematic coherence: Manchester Cycling Lab
  11. 11. Velocity 2025 Develop a strong shared vision  TfGM Cycling Strategy 1. Identify citizen’s needs & ideas Test & demonstrate for continuous learning Monitor & evaluate for continuous improvement Programmes, Infrastructure & Regulation 2. Smart Infrastructure Planning 3. MCR’s Green Economy Baseline to measure potential & progress Explore new ideas and opportunities Role of universities in supporting transition
  12. 12. Shared Territory: Triangulum • Horizon 2020 Project, €25m • Manchester, Eindhoven, and Stavanger • Develop low-carbon smart districts • Integrated approach to Energy, Transport and ICT • Key roles for cities and industries… AND universities
  13. 13. Manchester actions
  14. 14. Transforming Universities? • Co-production needs coordination - Living labs? • Project-based actions bring new actors together to work in new ways - Shared territories? - Transformation as re- subjectivation
  15. 15. Thank you Seite: 15 @jzcos @mcrcyclinglab @ULLManchester @Triangulum_EU