2 Summary ESRC and RCUK Background ESRC’s Urban Transformations Portfolio JPI Urban Europe SEiSMiC Opportunities
3 We are the major public sector funder of research on economic and social issues within the UK. We support independent, high quality social science research and post graduate training in the UK, which has the potential to have an impact in academia and/or on business, the public sector and civil society. Non-Departmental Public Body, established in 1965, largely funded through the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).
5 Social Science is embedded in all six cross-Council programmes
Urban Transformation: A portfolio of activities to consider factors currently transforming urban economic, social and cultural life with the goal of enhancing the sustainability and livability of urban areas. Social Innovation, Urban Living and Digital Technology Environment, Resilience and Urban Vulnerability Urban Economies Inequalities, Diversities and Difference Politics, Contestation and Governance Cross-cutting areas Other considerations: Encourage innovative and interdisciplinary research methodologies Conceptual development Big Data International in scope and comparative urbanism Urban issues at a range of scales Optimize impact of existing investments ESRC Urban Transformations Portfolio - Priorities and Thematic Areas
Current Activity ◦ Big Data Centres ◦ Joint Research Calls with DfID ◦ Urban Transformations Co-ordinator ◦ JPI Urban Europe Going Forward ◦ New research: Call for innovative, high risk-high reward research ◦ International collaboration: Newton Fund ◦ Future Cities Catapult: Knowledge Exchange Fellowship & postgraduate placements
Joint Programme Initiative (JPI) Urban Europe
The ESRC is the UK representative and leading UK funding agency. Countries can decide to opt in and out of particular calls The second call invited consortia projects to address the following research topics: ◦ governance of urban complexity; and ◦ urban vulnerability, adaptability and resilience. The call was managed by the Netherlands and Austria. 10 projects were funded, with over £10m of investment from 10 different countries. The ESRC has contributed £1.6m.
Integrated Data Visualisalisation and Decision Making Solutions to Forecast and Manage Complex Urban Challenges (UK Lead – Oxford University and the Open Data Institute) Governance of Urban Sustainability Transitions: Advancing the role of living labs (UK Lead – Durham University) Simulations for Innovative Mechanisms for the Self-organizing City:testing new tools for Value Capturing (UK Lead – Liverpool University) Improving the Robustness of Urban Electricity Networks (UK Lead - Queen Mary University & Ethos Smart) Resilient Cities – Network and Institutional Perspectives on Economic Growth and Well-being (UK lead –LSE) Incubators of Public Spaces (UK Lead - UCL) For more information:
JPI Urban Europe Call Three: ERA-NET Cofund for Smart Cities and Communities (ENSCC) JPI Urban Europe Call Four: ERA-NET Cofund for Smart Urban Futures
Timeliness Bringing together different stakeholders and forming partnerships to better understand and address urban challenges (both within a UK and international context) Providing a platform for information exchange and enhancing access to resources and funding Sharing best practice and lessons learned (including examples within the UK, Europe and Internationally) to help build a social innovation culture.