SEiSMiC project report sums up urban policy trends

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The SEiSMiC project has published its first Policy Watch report, highlighting trends in urban social innovation at global, European and project levels.

The report summarises the priority areas identified by ten newly established country networks over the first year of the SEiSMiC (Science Engagement in Society – Mutual learning in Cities) project.

These priority areas can be divided into three main categories: new modes of urban governance; the new economy, including the sharing economy; and new ways to manage public spaces and promote liveable cities.

Alongside these, three additional priority areas emerged from interviews with individuals during the SEiSMiC sketch exercises. They are: expanding green spaces; improving public transport; and strengthening communities.
The paper sets out these priorities alongside a couple of emerging global trends and trends in EU urban policy. Common themes are identified, along with relevant EU projects being carried out within SEiSMiC's national networks.

The report also examines significant developments in urban governance in several EU member states that could serve as examples to others:

  • decentralisation processes and challenges in Italy and the Netherlands

  • the establishment of advisory bodies to inform and improve national urban strategies in Sweden and the United Kingdom

  • boosting social value in local government spending, with a focus on the UK's Social Value Act.

More information:

Policy watch (full version); (summary)