Call for Abstracts – Delivering Urban Transformation Through Co-production

Call for Abstracts – Delivering Urban Transformation Through Co-production

EPC invites you to contribute to a symposium and thematic issue entitled Delivering Urban Transformation Through Co-production.

Deadline for Abstracts: July 12, 2021

Call available here

Symposium date: January 24 & 25, 2022
Time: 15:00 – 19:00 (CEST)
Hosted on Zoom/ Registration complimentary

Confirmed Keynote Speaker:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Angela Million, Technical University of Berlin

Brought to you by the Department of European Planning Cultures: Dahae Lee, Robin Chang, Dr. Patricia Feiertag and Lena Unger


Cities keep changing and facing various challenges that are increasingly complex, intractable, persistent and not amenable to simple solutions. What is more, when governments prove to be incapable of being the only possible supplier of public goods and services, collaborative forms of public service delivery gain significance. This phenomenon is recognizable as co-production; it refers to the collaboration between service professionals and users in the design and delivery of public goods and services. This represents a new mode available to diverse actors to engage with public agencies. The underlying idea is that networks of public, private, and non-public organisations and partnerships with citizens can increase context-specific and effective solutions while maintaining the public values. Although co-production has often been associated with the delivery of public goods and services, at its core it remains a concept that refers to all phases of delivery processes: co-planning (co-design), co-testing, co-financing and co-evaluation. Thereby, it aims to create win-win situations that are beneficial for all as cities adapt, transition or transform into more sustainable and desirable futures.

For this symposium we welcome submissions which would expand our understanding of co-production in relation to urban transformation. We are particularly interested in the following overarching questions:

  • How does co-production efficiently (de)generate urban transformation?
  • What interests does co-production steer and how?
  • What are the spatial implications of co-production?
  • What are the potential risks and problems of co-production?
  • Co-production as a mode, but through which medium? (e.g. digitalization)
  • Which types of co-production stimulate urban change?
  • How can we unpack processes of co-production?
  • What are the conditions and barriers for co-production?

Submission deadline: July 12, 2021

Submit your abstract (400-600 words, up to 5 keywords, Microsoft Word or PDF) and a short bio (100 words maximum) to Notifications of acceptance will occur during September. We will ask authors of selected abstracts to contribute to a special issue in the journal Urban Planning. For any further questions, please contact Dahae Lee at Technical University of Dortmund (

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