Social innovation in contemporary urban change

20 March 2015

Fellow, and University Lecturer in Sustainable Urban Development, David Howard was invited to speak at a seminar in celebration of World Cities Day 2014, hosted by the British Academy.
You can watch a film of highlights from the seminar including an interview with David Howard here.

The seminar highlighted the role and importance of social innovation in contemporary urban change and ‘smart’ liveable city spaces. Participants included scholars, policy makers, social entrepreneurs as well as representatives from the private sector and non-governmental organisations from the UK and overseas. Discussions revolved around issues pertaining to urban violence and community resilience, new forms of civic and political participation in urban spaces, alternative business models and informal economies. The speaker presentations showcased examples of social innovation and creative responses to urban challenges and transformations from the UK, China, India, Japan, Lebanon, Jamaica, Zimbabwe, South Africa, the USA and elsewhere.

The British Academy organised this event in collaboration with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).