Jam and Justice is a research project that aims to seize the opportunity provided by devolution to look at more inclusive ways to govern in our city-regions.
The three year programme (2016-2019) is part of a larger project involving universities in Sweden, South Africa and Kenya, looking into sustainable urban futures. In Greater Manchester, the Jam and Justice project is led by academics from Manchester, Sheffield and Birmingham universities and GMCVO, and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
We are applying a co-production methodology to the research and aiming to inspire social innovation. More information can be found here.
"We are exploring how we can work across boundaries and combine our knowledge and skills to support fairer and more inclusive outcomes in cities, especially Greater Manchester" - Prof. Beth Perry, Urban Institute, University of Sheffield
Why are we doing it?
Devolution has the great merit of bringing more decision-making to the Greater Manchester level, where it is much more flexible and accessible, and decision makers can interact directly with local people. Mechanisms for doing this are under-developed but we believe connecting formal governance through the VCSE sector following co-production principles could be the best way forward.