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Short summary - European cities face complex challenges that demand smart solutions. This project puts urban intermediaries, those people who can bring people and resources together in innovative ways, at the heart of smart urban development and sets out to understand how they create social innovation. In four European cities – Birmingham, Copenhagen, Glasgow and Amsterdam, we will carry out fieldwork and develop ‘living labs’, which will serve as sources of research data as well as sites for learning. In short, we will advance knowledge of how intermediaries innovate and generate smart urban development, creating opportunities for dialogue and learning.
Academic summary - Urban neighbourhoods are sustained and mobilized by networks of key individuals who act as intermediaries, forging connections between and within communities, and between communities and the institutions of urban governance. Such intermediaries are invariably social innovators: they create new links where there were none before, and often transform those that already exist. This project sets out to understand how they do so and to analyse their contribution to smart urban development. In four European cities – Birmingham, Copenhagen, Glasgow and Amsterdam – we will carry out fieldwork and develop ‘living labs’, which will serve as sources of research data as well as sites of transnational and transdisciplinary learning. Our project is grounded on systematic, comparative and empirical pilot research already conducted in three European countries. In short, we will advance knowledge of the role of urban intermediaries and their collaborations; co-create a local and trans-national learning infrastructure and generate a dialogue on the contribution of intermediaries. In doing so, we will offer distinctive conceptual insights, strategic options and practical means for generating social innovation and smart urban development, aiming to enhance liveability and resilience, and work towards vibrant, accessible and inclusive communities.