“as we progress, I think through our lives and generations move on, what you tend to find is that people who live in a particular part of society are almost stuck in a circular kind of way of living. And really without interventions, for example, what we’ll do in the north of Edinburgh with Granton, people don’t get opportunities and life chance really without interventions“Sat Patel, Granton Waterfront Programme Director, City of Edinburgh Council
“there is something that needs to be said about how people’s voices are heard and I’m just not quite sure if we’ve got, you know, consultation and that kind of relationship between the council and the citizen right. So I see really our space, the North Edinburgh Arts space as a place to make those connections and maybe to try things out.“Kate Wimpress, North Edinburgh Arts
This ESRC-LAF supported project was conducted in partnership with the Granton Waterfront Development team at Edinburgh City Council, Edinburgh Palette and Granton Hub and involved 23 local organisations, staff, activists and volunteers. The project aimed to support the development of local authority and stakeholder capabilities involved in Edinburgh’s Granton Waterfront Development (GWD) by testing, refining and deploying tools which support participation and engagement from community stakeholders, specifically underrepresented groups in the urban regeneration process. We approached this through two related strands of work. The first, the Civic Observatory targeted developing capabilities in the use of public, social media platform data, tools and strategies. The second, the Inclusion Lab was designed to extend and deepen participation and engagement from community stakeholders using the ‘do-learn-share-do’ loop, designed in three earlier funded ESRC projects, to put innovations into practice, share learning and return to practice while simultaneously building local capacity.
The project was featured at Seeing North Edinburgh through the eyes of the internet, an event at Edinburgh’s City Art Centre.
Research Team: Lesley McAra; Liz McFall; Oliver Escobar; James Henderson; Steve Earl; Vassilis Galanos; Kath Bassett; Addie McGowan