This page is specifically for practitioners and partners interested in our work.  The team will produce a series of transferable recommendations and case study materials (e.g. on landscape design, transport, youth participation) which will be critical, constructive and challenging.

Companies and public sector bodies

The project will interact closely with Northamptonshire LAA (Local Area Agreement); UDCs (West Northants. Development Corporation [WNDC] and North Northants. Development Company [NNDC]) and LSP responsible for urban development in the MKSM Growth Area. In addition, the project has the support of service providers concerned with children and young people’s health, well-being and social and cultural lives in MKSM (for example, Northamptonshire CYPP). Throughout the project, the team will meet local partners to disseminate recent findings.  Key partners will take part in the project workshops and conference, in particular enabling them to better understand their role in respect of delivering sustainable, liveable NUPs for young people. A key aim of the ‘knowledge transfer’ and impact will be to develop collaborative mechanisms for the effective transfer of data, reports and recommendations into processes of change in urban development, locally and regionally.

Policy makers

Transfer of findings, practice and recommendations to a broader constituency of regional and national policy-makers will be fostered through submission of a number of papers to professional journals (e.g. Built Environment; Town and Country Planning), focussing on planning, design and youth work. The team will produce a series of transferable recommendations, case study and CPD materials for stakeholders in NUPs in the UK. Local and national policy-makers will participate in the workshops and conference and be targeted for the dissemination of findings and recommendations from the project.

Young people and communities in new urban places (NUPs)

The project is committed to increase the visibility of children and young people’s experiences and needs. Central to the project is the development of transferable, sustainable practices to support young people in the following activities. Young people will be engaged with the project at all stages and will be encouraged to participate in workshops that will work as local community forums, set up by the project team together with the children and young people. Their learning about local decision-making processes and their reflection on their own rights and responsibilities, lifestyles, and roles within their newly emerging communities will be documented and provide further material for developing participative practices in their own communities and elsewhere.

Researchers from various disciplines

Outputs will cover: participation/citizenship; urban planning/design; technology; mobility; youth lifestyles. Significant new data will be generated and contribute knowledge about the relationship between young people, the environment and its design in the new urban spaces. We will submit articles papers to academic journals; present our findings at international conferences. The project will host a series of workshops and an international conference in 2013 will engage academics, practitioners & policy makers from various disciplines, and young people.