Cities and Innovation Ecosystems: creating urban spaces for sustainable transformation and systemic innovation


Running alongside the International Research Week (IRW) hosted by the University of Salford, the MAPS-LED Workshop is a milestone of the wider MAPS-LED project, looking at how Smart Specialization Strategies can be translated into spatially-oriented local development policies. Since 2015 SOBE has been involved in the HORIZON 2020 4 years’ project MAPS-LED, a Multidisciplinary Approach to Plan Smart Specialisation Strategies for Local Economic Development. The project links four EU universities (PAU – University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Italy, coordinator; SOBE, University of Salford, UK; FOCUS, La Sapienza, Rome, Italy and Aalto, Helsinki, Finland) and two USA universities (Northeastern University, Boston, MA and San Diego State University, CA) and is aimed at researching strategies for implementing smart specialisation as a key element for place-driven regeneration policies for local economic development. The Workshop aims at evaluating the preliminary findings coming from the research question on how sustainability can be achieved in innovation policies, enabling social innovation and civic activation to trigger inclusive and equitable development. The scope is to enhance the potential impact of the research by involving external experts and potential local users in the mid-term assessment stages of the research process. Building on the concept of co-creativity as key- trigger for achieving systemic innovation, the workshop will be run as an open conference, during which international speakers will discuss the theoretical issues raised by the project, complemented by a stakeholders’ workshop and a focus group aimed at gathering insights and suggestions to refine the research outcomes.

12th September 2017, Crescent Campus. CHAPMAN 5. Co-creating the concept. Open session

9:15      Claudia Trillo, SOBE Unit coordinator. Preliminary paper presentation: creating spaces for sustainable
urban transformation and systemic innovation.

9:45      Philip Mc Cann, University of Groningen. Regional devolution and S3

10:15     Nico Calavita, SDSU Unit coordinator.  Sustainability and Equity in Innovation on Urban Regeneration

11:15     Raquel Ortega-Argilés, University of Birmingham. Placegrounded development and sustainable

11:45     Bruno Monardo, FOCUS Unit coordinator. Civic engagement, social innovation and new styles of ‘Urban Centers’

13:20     Carmelina Bevilacqua, MAPS LED coordinator, PAU Unit. The Urban Dimension of S3: insights from

13:50     Anna Laura Palazzo, FOCUS. Towards implementing S3. Current Dynamics and obstacles in the Lazio

14:20     Gabriel Rissola, S3 Platform. Place- based Innovation Ecosystems: Espoo Innovation Garden and Aalto University (Skype connection)

14:40     Nerea Aizpurua, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation. Synergies between H2020 and the

European Structural and Investment Funds, and their potential to assist the implementation of the smart specialisation strategies (Skype connection)

15:30     Gorka Espiau, ALC & McGill University, Montreal: S3 -The Bilbao/Basque approach

16:00     Sara Mruz, Kendall CIC, Boston: Innovation hubs – The CIC at Kendall

16:30     Clare Devaney, SOBE unit – The GM Innovation Ecosystem

17:00     Field Trip to central Manchester (outside of the campus)

– Visit to The Federation & presenting M4/Citizen-i/Impact Hub GM (visit hosted by Emer Coleman, Director of Engagement at Coop Digital)

– Visit to PlantNOMA Makerspace & The Pilcrow, a community ‘self-built’ and cooperative pub (visit hosted by Ben Young, MD of PlantNOMA and OhOK Ltd)

13th September 2017 – NEW ADELPHI THEATRE / CHAPMAN 4 – Co-creating the concept implementation

9:00      Welcome coffee and registration of the participant*

9:45      Opening remarks from Chris Fletcher, Marketing and Policy Director, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce 

10:05     Introductory session: Building a Strong Economy *

Highlighting from a local government, education and business perspective what the strengths, challenges and actions are for the sector to build a strong and robust northern economy

Professor Hisham Elkadi, Dean of the School of the Built Environment, Salford University

Clive Memmott, Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Mike Blackburn, Chair, Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership

Michelle Humphreys, Operations Director, Mace {invited}

 10:20     Transport and Infrastructure requirements-mapping the digital, road, rail, port and air necessities of the economy

Introductory Presentation: Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester

Panel discussion participants: Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, Val Shawcross, Deputy Mayor of Transport of London, Ruth Jackson, Founder and Principal, Ruth Jackson Planning, Leigh Carter MSc FCIOB, Fellow of the CIOB, Senior Project Manager at Mace Group, John Duckworth, Managing Director UK & EMEA, Euan Mills, Urban Design and Planning Lead at Future Cities Catapult, Mo Perkins, Technical Services Director,  Infrastructure Services, Skanska UK Ltd


Panel chaired by Clare Devaney, SOBE, Discussant for Panels 1 & 2:  Phil Brown, Professor of Social Change, SHUSU, Salford University; Discussant for Panel 3: Professor Terrence Fernando, Director of UoS ThinkLab 

11.15     Panel 1 – ‘Smart Citizens’: People-powered innovation

Jon Alexander, CEO New Citizenship Project

Rowan Conway, Director of Innovation, Royal Society of Arts

Eve Holt, Founder, DivaManc/ OurGM

Luis Petrikorena, Director of Open Government for the Basque Country

 13:15     Panel 2 – ‘A Health-building Economy’: Health as a Social Movement

Alan Higgins, Director of Public Health, Oldham MBC

Neil McInroy, Chief Executive, Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES)

Viv Slack, Founder of Street Support

Professor Paul Townsend, Associate Dean, Faculty of Biology, Medicine & Health, University of Manchester

14.00     Panel 3 – ‘Makers and Changemakers’: Making in the 4th industrial revolution

Gorka Espiau – Professor of Practice, McGill U, Montreal & ALC (Uof the Basque Country) Senior Fellow.

Rupert Greenhalgh – Principal Economist, GMCA

Rose Marley – CEO of Sharp Futures, Manchester

Alberto Masetti-Zannini – Strategy Director, Impact Hub Kings Cross & Chair of Impact Hub Milan

15:00     Discussion: MAPS LED team  

17:00     Papers IRW presentation, chaired by Mohammed Agbali, SOBE. Discussant: Athina Moustaka, SOBE

Carmelina Bevilacqua – Smart Specialisation Strategy: The Territorial Dimension Of Research And Innovation Regional Policies (Authors: Bevilacqua C., Provenzano V., Pizzimenti P., Maione C.)

Claudia Trillo – Towards an assessment methodology for Smart Specialisation Strategies: Spatial Ecosystem for Innovators’ Hotspots (Author: Trillo C.)

Alfonso Spisto – Regional Policies for clusters formation and reinforcement: the cases of San Diego (CA, USA) and Boston (MA, USA). (Authors: Bevilacqua C., Spisto A., Cappellano C.)

Pasquale Pizzimenti – Nature-Based And Innovation-Led Urban Regeneration: A Hypothesis Of Green District For The Metropolitan City Of Reggio Calabria (Authors: Massimo D. E, Bevilacqua C., Pizzimenti P., Maione C.)

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