Co-creating Cities & Communities Summer Forum

What contribution can university-community collaborations make to the creation of flourishing cities?


12 & 13 July – Watershed, Bristol


Urban living requires community-focused innovation, local knowledge and collaboration between universities, communities and cities. How do we create smart, interconnected cities which will promote empowerment and limit exclusion? How do we develop new forms of collaboration to boost diversity and reduce poverty, nurture creativity and eradicate disadvantage?


To explore these and many other questions, Connected Communities and Urban Living Pilots are hosting a free 2-day event, dedicated to finding new ways in which universities and civil society organisations, local authorities and general public can all work together to co-create, re-invent and improve life in the city and its surroundings.


Why should I attend?


The event will enable the delegates to better understand the challenges and opportunities of collaborative work around flourishing cities, engaged citizens and sustainable urban environment. With a series of parallel discussions and informal workshops, it will provide a friendly and informal forum for stimulating conversations, co-produced knowledge and critical responses to city challenges and social action.


  • Funders will benefit from a stronger engagement with some of the
    less-developed areas of collaborative engagement
  • Academics will share successful case studies, participatory
    methodologies and community impact strategies
  • Civil society groups will discover the ways in which they can support
    or challenge urban partnerships and engage with universities
  • Local authorities will become better equipped to evaluate opportunities
    and risks of university-community and university-government initiatives


We welcome academics and community organisations, future learners and digital technologists, smart city planners and local authorities, heritage specialists and environmental experts, artists, performers creative imaginaries and members of the public.


For up to date programme and information for the event please visit our website:


To find out more about individual sessions and speakers, please see event programme


To book your free place, please click here






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