Gaining Applicable Skills in Practice through Practical-Empirical Implementations
Tandems comprised of a scholar and a practitioner (e.g. a representative of a development cooperation organisation/agency, a local official or an NGO member) select a topic within the targets of SDG #11 and develop a policy recommendation with the aid of spatial methods that enable a collaborative practical-empirical implementation of scientific knowledge about urban sustainability.
Building on the outcomes of other Actions (conferences, workshops, teaching-research-courses, doctoral theses and postdoctoral research projects), methods of the social sciences, urban design and planning, and policymaking are first compared to identify blind spots and points of intersection. Subsequently, synergic combinations among methods are explored, developed and implemented. More specifically, following the initial principle and format of the teaching-research-courses (Action 2), both a scholar and a practitioner (e.g. a representative of a development cooperation organisation/agency, a local official or an NGO member) select a topic within the spectrum of SDG #11’s targets and put together a scheme for a practical-empirical implementation. With the support of local counterparts (practitioners, public servants, activists), definite methodological synergies (be it a hybrid or mutual complementation of chosen methods) are tested by putting them to practice in an evidence-based model-case pilot project. Based on preliminary results, weak and strong points are pondered to then set off an ensuing process of iterative refinement.
In fact, the suitability, usefulness and worth of the practical-empirical implementations rely upon offering participants a chance to put methods into practice by tailoring them to particular contextual circumstances. They enable a multi- and interdisciplinary search of ways whereby critically addressing the mismatch between the use of research methods and their potential application in architecture, urban design, planning and policymaking. In the long run, lessons learnt to allow alternative, topical and innovative policies and design solutions to thrive and therewith foster sustainable cities and communities.
Action Speakers for Action 4
Action 4 Outputs