SMART URBAN INTERMEDIARIES
Smart Urban Intermediaries (SmartUrbI) is a research project that puts those individuals who make connections and bring people and resources together in creative ways at the heart of urban development. We call these individuals, ‘smart urban intermediaries’ and this research sets out to understand how they make a difference in urban neighbourhoods.
A ‘smart urban intermediary’ could be someone who is committed over time to making a difference in their neighbourhood, campaigns on a local issue, supports people to act together, works for social change or helps to solve local problems.
They may be employed in public bodies or in the delivery of public services or in a social enterprise or a community or voluntary organization. They may be from, or represent, communities, for example as councillors, active citizens or community leaders.
We are interested in what ‘smart urban intermediaries’ do, how they do it and the difference it makes in neighbourhoods: so, how they develop and sustain their work, how they make connections within, between and across communities and formal organisations and bring together people and resources.
Over the next two years, we will work across four European cities – Birmingham, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Glasgow to:
- Identify and work with up to ten ‘smart urban intermediaries’ in each city
- Develop a local ‘living lab’ to bring interested intermediaries and other stakeholders together
- Offer opportunities for international learning and dialogue across Europe
- Share learning and practical ideas on how to support ‘smart urban intermediaries’