9. ISU Urban Research Day – Sharing Creative Capital
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The Institute for Sustainable Urban Development (ISU) invites us to its annual event: Urban Research Day. The ISU is a platform for collaboration between the City of Malmö and Malmö University. As we stand on the brink of major changes in societal development, cities are finding themselves in an increasingly global context – and we consider it necessary to cooperate on meeting these challenges and leveraging the opportunities. On a macroscale - between cities and countries as much as we do on a local, regional and national level. But also on a microscale - in the everyday work life.
The number of people living in cities is increasing rapidly on a global level. We all need to be able to share. Share space, share life, share the urban democratic arena. When planning the city and doing research on new set of core values ISU have come across many practitioners and researchers who speaks of participation, engagement, democracy, creativity, imagination and innovation. These could all be related to the idea of co-production – of bringing together concerned members of a community to explore, create and produce something – to share creative capital. The ISU has more than 10 years' experience as a platform for collaboration between the city and the university, academics and practitioners, researchers and civil servants as well as with private- and nonprofit sector.
Technical visit: Lindängen - "Responsible Consumption and Production - in cooperation between local government and communities"
This technical visit takes off from Anna Sera Vallis’ - Malmö University - research "Design and Social Innovation" and takes us on a bus-trip to Lindängen. A site-specific place for civil dialogue and how change can be achieved though collaboration. We will visit Framtidens Hus, Gatukraft, "Tvättoteket"/Trianon and the Cultural Department of Malmö City who presents and guides us through the Library of Lindängen and talk about their plans and visions for the new library.
Hosts: Clara Norell, Project Manager, Institute of Sustainable Urban Development and Magnus Metz, Development Strategist, Sustainable Urban Development, Cultural Department of Malmö City.
Date: 30 November, 1.30 pm – 4.00 pm
Dialogue Seminar: "Collaboration between the university and the municipality, research and practice – on regards to sustainable city development - why and how? A Malmö model."
Urban Research Day 2016 centres on the ISU's role as a platform for collaboration and Malmö's position as Sweden's first research municipality in order to discuss the collaboration between the City of Malmö and Malmö University. To demonstrate collaboration that has delivered concrete results and why it works so well in Malmö in particular, along with the obstacles we have encountered. We aim to inspire others to collaborate – to dive into the whys and hows. The dialogue seminar followed by a discussion, with the speakers, audience and an expert-panel, will raise three important issues:
- Why is it important for academics and practitioners, the university and the city, to collaborate? Moreover, in the Swedish context this also entails collaboration between the state and the municipality.
- What concrete partnership/collaboration ties can we highlight as results of the ISU? That is, where has the partnership enabled results of significance? What were the circumstances? What qualities characterised the initiative?
- Why does it work so well here in Malmö? What does not work? What challenges associated with success and benefits were encountered along the way?
- Moderator: Maria Hellström Reimer, Professor, School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University
- Charlotte Ahlgren Moritz, Pro Vice Chancellor, Collaboration with private and public sectors Malmö University, & Chair-person of ISU Board
- Per-Arne Nilsson, Head of Department Environment Development and Strategy, City of Malmö & ISU Board member
- Therese Jephson, Strategist, Planning, Environment, Culture, Leisure and Health, Skåne Association of Local Authorities (Kommunförbundet Skåne).
Magnus Johansson, Malmö University, Ph.D. in Pedagogy and Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies at the Department of Urban Studies. Research focus: theories and methods for co-production between researchers and practitioners in the field of sustainable urban development, also the development of structures for collaboration between academia and municipalities. Member of the management team of K2, Sweden’s national centre for research and education on public transport, and works part-time as the director of the Mistra Urban Future Skåne Local Interaction Platform.
- Sebastian Mehling, MA European Studies & International Affairs, Doctoral Candidate at the Department of Comparative Political Sociology, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder Germany. He studied ISU (2012-2014) within his PhD on cross-sector collaborations between academia and non-academic partners. He will present some of his findings to explore how the people engaged in cross-sector initiatives conceive of their cooperation, what their motivations and their causal assumptions are, as well as their understanding of opportunities and limits of such collaborations.
Based on Sebastian’s research on ISU, there seem to be three major questions that need to be recognized within cross-sector collaborations:
– What kind of knowledge do we want to produce – professional academic, public or policy relevant knowledge?
– Who should participate and how – focused but exclusive or inclusive and broad audiences?
– What organizational form or identity should our partnership have – network, platform, club, or issue organization?
Date: 1 December, 10.00 am - 10.45 pm
After the presentations above the moderator opens up the floor for the audience to engage in a dialogue with the presenters and an expert-panel including;
- Margreta Rämgård, Malmö University, RN/Bachelor midwifery/MSSc, Ph.D. in Human Geography, Senior Lecture, Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society, Department of Care Science. Collaboration, external relations and research: Member of the Deputy-Vice Chancellor’s External Relations Committee, Malmö University and executive member of the ICPHR (International Collaboration for Participatory Health Research).
- Jonas Alwall, Malmö University, Dr. Theol., Sociology of Religion and former so-called ISU Gränsgångare.
- Fiona Winders, City of Malmö, Development Coordinator: Department for Area Development: South District. Fiona has worked with area renewal with a strong community development focus in both Liverpool and Malmö. Between 2010 to 2015 Fiona was coordinator for one of Malmö’s five area programmes, Lindängen, which is also the arena for a number of collaborations between the municipality and various research initiatives.
- Christina Scholten, Malmö University, Ph.D. in Human and Economic Geography, researcher at K2. Senior lecturer at the Department of Urban Studies, Malmö University.
Date: 1 December, 11.00 am - 11.45 am
- ISU Gränsgångare – boundary-agents - A Malmö Model
This round table discussion ties in directly to Sebastian Mehling´s presentation and is held in collaboration with the Environment Department of Malmö City´s track "Our Sustanable future seen through 10 years of local and global experiences".
In 2012 the Malmö Institute for Sustainable Urban Development (ISU) introduced four so called Grängsgångare—literally ‘border crossers’ or ‘boundary-actors/agents—as a new approach to initiating cross-sector collaboration between the City of Malmö and Malmö university. These Gränsgångare are employed by either the municipality or the university. Facilitating and exploring new and more systematic forms of collaboration; ISU Gränsgångare pioneer an interdisciplinary culture of team work.
Today ISU includes 9 Gränsgångare representing Malmö City and Malmö University. Gränsgångare; synonymous with "commuters" but also in this context with the intermediary negotiator; hyphenated trans-actors as to emphasize the material translocation and translation included in their task; the development across cultural, disciplinary or administrative bounderies of "boundery objects" - prototypes or provisional artifacts facilitating communication.
The purpose of this round table is to explore the function of ISU Gränsgångare by discussing the opportunities and challenges aiming to ultimately arrive at a practical vision of border-crossers/boundary-agents as a tool for the establishment of a collaborative culture across sectors. We will include all participants to reflect on how the concept boundary-agents could potentially be applied as a working format in other cities and/or organizations.
Hosts: Sebastian Mehling. Doctoral Candidate at the Department of Comparative Political Sociology, European University Viadrina, Jonna Sandin Larkander, City of Malmö and ISU Gränsgångare,
Charlotte Pettersson, Malmö University and ISU Grängsgångare and Johan Emanuelson, Head of Strategy Department, Malmö City Planning Office and Vice President of the ISU Board.
Date: 1 December, 1.30 pm - 4.00 pm
- The joys and pains of establishing a culture of
This round table discussion ties in directly to the technical visit and is held in collaboration with the Culture Departments of Malmö City´s track "Culture & Sustainable Cities".
In the paper “The Fourth Pillar of Sustainability: Culture’s essential role in public planning”, Jon Hawkes puts forward the idea of culture as a system of values upon which society as a whole is based. Among the values that might become a new set of core values underpinning planning, he mentions participation, engagement, democracy, creativity, imagination and innovation. These could all be related to the idea of co-production – of bringing together concerned members of a community to explore, create and produce something. This view of culture as something that concerns participation, involvement, security and trust is also put forward by the Commission for a Socially Sustainable Malmö, which also stress the importance of collaborative learning between actors with varying perspectives.
Co-production might be rewarding but it also presents challenges regarding power relations, roles and ownership. In this round table discussion we will begin with the case of ReTuren, a local upcycling station in Malmö, to discuss the opportunities and challenges of co-production. ReTuren is an example of an emerging culture of co-production in Malmö where projects are developed in collaborative efforts between public, private and third sector organizations.
The purpose of this round table is to discuss this emerging culture of co-production, considering matters such as:
- What does promoting a culture of co-production among civil servants, academics, NGOs and citizens entail?
- What incentives and barriers do people engaging in co-production face in its day-to-day practice?
- How is power and ownership distributed and who is allowed to participate?
Hosts: Anna Seravalli, Ph.D., Malmö University, Anders Emilson, researcher at School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University, & ISU Gränsgångare Malmö University; Savita Upadhyaya, VA Syd, Jörgen Andersson, Fratidens Hus, City of Malmö, Mina Sharifiyan , Gatukraft.
Date: 1 December, 1.30 pm - 4.00 pm
Kommunförbundet Skåne - Forskningskommuner
Skåne Association of Local Authorities – Research Municipalities
A closer relationship between research and practical application is necessary to address the challenges in the public sector. New working models and ongoing research on methods to strengthen the collaborations between researcher and public sector is an ongoing development, nationally and internationally, and one way towards practical relevant sustainable societies. This round table discussion will focus on how municipalities co-operate with researchers as part of their strategic development towards sustainablity. The purpose of this round table is to discuss what we can learn from existing models and forums developed for collaboration between municipalities and researchers?
- What are the key challenges and benefits with a “bottom up” perspective where practitioners influence research ideas?
- Do researchers need stronger incentives to collaborate with practitioners?
Hosts: Therese Jephson, Research and development manager, Kommunförbundet Skåne, Natalie Coqand, Coordinator, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Magnus Johansson, Ph.D. in Pedagogy and Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies at the Department of Urban Studies, Malmö University, Per-Arne Nilsson, Head of Environment Department and Strategy, City of Malmö and ISU Board member.
Date: 1 December, 1.30 pm - 4.00 pm
- Urban-Rural Food Systems
This round table is held in collaboration with the Environment Department of Malmö City´s track "Food for Sustainable Cities". Please note: This round table will take place in another room.
The number of people living in cities is increasing rapidly on a global level. These people need to eat and the majority of food that is consumed in cities is produced in the rural areas, placing pressure on supply systems, land and vulnerable ecosystems. Worryingly, knowledge of where and how food is produced is also decreasing. These trends raise a number of questions and we will raise discussions about Urban Food Strategies with interesting and inspiring examples from Europe.
There will be a couple of very short inspirational talks relating to the topics at the beginning of the round table session. The purpose of this round table discussion is to raise questions as:
- How can we establish a closer contact with those who produce our food?
- What role do cities play in the drive towards sustainable food production?
- Can cities play a more active role?
Hosts: Gunilla Andersson, Project Manager, Environment Department, City of Malmö, Helen Nilsson, Project Manager, Environment Department, City of Malmö and ISU Gränsgångare
Date: 1 December, 1.30 pm - 4.00 pm