Jam and Justice: Co-Producing Urban Governance for Social Innovation

Cities are sites of crisis and opportunity. In a context of rapid social change and austerity, the effectiveness of traditional systems of urban governance is in doubt. 

Jam and Justice brings together academics, practitioners, citizens and political leaders through an Action Research Collective (ARC) in Greater Manchester. Together, we are exchanging knowledge and developing creative responses to emerging urban governance challenges. In 2017-2018, the ARC co-initiated action research projects to generate data to test and learn from different approaches to citizen engagement. In 2019, we are focused on sharing our learning and forging city-regional coalitions for change

What is "Jam and Justice"? As a research project, our aim is to create space for social innovation to co-produce, test and learn from new ways of governing cities. ‘Jam’ is about trying to bring together different partners in the city to experiment and innovate to address shared problems. ‘Justice’ is about re-connecting with those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from the search for solutions.

Jam and Justice also promotes networking, debates and learning within the UK and internationally. This enables critical reflection on how to organise knowledge better to make positive urban transformations happen that are inclusive and equitable.

Follow developments on Twitter (@jamandjustice) or by subscribing to our mailing list. Visit our downloads page to access reports and resources. See what's coming up (and what we've done so far) on our Events page. Find out about new publications and read event reports in our News page, and get more in-depth reflections via the Jam & Justice blog.

The Jam and Justice project is funded by a grant from the UK Economic and Social Research Council and Mistra Urban Futures

Co-producing urban governance for social innovation