Project Description

The aim of Fairville is to explore the links between multi-scalar urban inequalities with democracy and participation. The research proposes to document this entanglement. It also proposes pilots of participatory research-action that engage local academics, -authorities, -community-based organisations, -residents and -users in the collective improvement of deprived urban neighbourhoods via a deepening of resident and user participation in new and existing democratic processes.

The idea that urban policies should not be made “for” populations but rather “with” them is a potentially profound engine of social transformation and empowerment. However, the realisation of such co-production processes is often marked by epistemic inequalities and unequal power relations.

Cognisant of this issue, the Fairville pilot cases explores the many ways in which academic researchers, local communities and local authority representatives can work together to reduce the power and information asymmetries among them and address the various issues of urban inequalities.

Clustered around three major themes – environmental inequalities, inequalities related to housing and urban planning and inequalities related to climate risks – and ranging from co-diagnosis to co-planning and intervention, the pilots will be carried out as action research and include the implementation of observation, capitalisation and co-evaluation mechanisms. Co-learning will not be forgotten in this process.

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