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UN Urban October: Co-creating Regional Resilience

09.00 – 14.00, 17th October 2022, Space 11, Scarman Conference Centre, University of Warwick
Enhancing regional resilience during a cost of living crisis necessitates open knowledge-sharing and innovative, transdisciplinary problem-solving between key regional stakeholders.

Participants will have the opportunity to share and discuss contemporary practices and research initiatives related to co-creation, hear evidence-based examples and ideas for fostering grassroots collaboration, and network with regional stakeholders.

Aims of the event

  • Strengthen policy making processes through broadened and deepened community engagement
  • Engage with the latest research and share cross-sector best practice
  • Explore opportunities for collaboration with partners across Coventry & Warwickshire
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About the event

The half day event will be split into three sessions. The first session will be an opportunity to hear from 'collaborative governance' specialists, followed by a session for Warwick academics, in partnership with their collaborators, to showcase co-created research projects that link to the event theme.

During the third and final session, university staff and external stakeholders will participate in a workshop aimed at increasing their understanding of local issues. Paula Black, public engagement specialist with The Democratic Society, will co-facilitate the workshop.

To further develop any ideas that have been discussed, academics will be able to apply for grants under two schemes

Who should attend

Research staff at Warwick, staff supporting widening participation and regional engagement activities, local government officials, and representatives from business, industry, civil society, and community groups.

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Provisional Agenda

9:00 - 9:30

Registration and Networking

9:30 - 09:45

Welcome and Introduction

Jon Coaffee, Professor of Urban Geography, Warwick University and Director of the Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities (WISC)

09:45 - 10:15

Knowledge Co-creation and Regional Resilience

The speakers will speak for 20 minutes ( 5-7 minutes each), followed by a Q&A session for 10 minutes

Andrew Todd, Director of Regional Engagement, Warwick University

India Holme, Research Development and Impact Manager (Regional)

Mark Hinton, Community Engagement Development Manager, Warwick University

10:15 - 10:55

Co-creation in Action

The speakers will speak for 30 minutes (10 minutes each), followed by a Q&A session for 10 minutes
Co-creating energy efficiency in Foleshill: A collaboration between artists, researchers and the community in Coventry

Jonathan Clarke, Senior Teaching Fellow in Global Sustainable Development, Warwick University

Reclaiming Forgotten Cities - Turning cities from vulnerable spaces to healthy places for people

Nerea Calvillo, Associate Professor, Centre of Interdisciplinary Methodologies, Warwick University

Underground Lights and the Belgrade Theatre: Values-Led Practice, Knowledge Sharing and Sustainability

Nadine Holdsworth, Professor of Theatre and Performance, Warwick University

10:55 - 11:05

Coffee Break

11:05 - 11:50
Exploring the Cost of Living Crisis: A community perspective
The speakers will speak for 30 minutes (10 minutes each), followed by a Q&A session for 15 minutes

Dr Nor Aziz, Director, Uniting Communities

Elayne Hill, Chief Executive Officer, Central England Law Centre

Dr Kindy Sandhu, Councillor Labour & Co-operative party, co-author Layers of Inequality report

11:50 - 12:00 Coffee Break
12:00 - 13:30
Investigating Co-creation and Developing Collaborative Projects


13:30 - 14:00
Lunch and Networking

Lakeview Restaurant, Scarman Conferences