Digital tools are increasingly used by urban decision-makers and citizens to engage with each other. This user-centred enquiry will look at the evidence, desirability, feasibility and viability for digital democratic innovations which support women’s engagement in policy initiation and design across Greater Manchester.

How have women been involved in and impacted by digital democratic innovation?

What do women in Greater Manchester need and want in order to meaningfully participate in digital democracy?

What forms
of digital democratic innovation are possible in GM?

can digital democratic innovation be realised in GM?


In our exploration of these questions, GM Decides will draw lessons from an international advisory board, work with a partnership group to ground these lessons in a city-regional context and conduct a series of public input sessions to harvest knowledge, seed ideas and nurture a network of people interested in digital democratic innovation.

The delivery partners for this project are Katie Finney of Amity and Alice Toomer-McAlpine with At The Moment Productions.

To find out more about this project, email our ARC members Katie and Alice

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Realising Just Cities conference logo, superimposed on an image of Cape Town, South Africa

The Realising Just Cities programme is supporting peer learning visits to Cape Town and Barcelona for public sector strategists and community practitioners from Greater Manchester, to expand their knowledge of co-productive practices and participatory democracy in other urban settings. 

Mistra Urban Futures in Cape Town and IOPD in Barcelona

Academic and practitioner researchers are travelling to Cape Town and Barcelona in November to share collective insights from the Jam and Justice project, as part of a delegation from the Realising Just Cities programme. They will be joined by strategy and policy leads from Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), who seek to learn more about co-production for urban governance and participatory decision-making.