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EU Horizon 2020
Topic - MG-5.4-2015 - Strengthening the knowledge and capacities of local authorities
Professor Rosalind Searle (PI)
SUITS is a sociotechnical designed intervention programme to build capacity in 9 European Local Authorities and transport stakeholder organisations with special emphasis to enhance the transfer of learning to smaller sized cities, making these areas more effective and resilient to change in the judicious implementation of sustainable transport measures. Key outputs will include: a validated capacity building program for transport departments, and resource light learning assets (modules, e-learning material, webinars and workshops), decision support tools to assist in procurement, innovative financing, engagement of new business partners and handling of open, real time and legacy data.
SUITS sees capacity building as a prerequisite for developing sustainable transport and wider, more integrated SMART city initiatives which bring together the economy, transport, public health and the renovation of urban infrastructure. The project will have a major impact on levels of citizen engagement, future street design and new mobility services through its acknowledgement of the need to recognise the mobility patterns of traditionally hard to research groups. The project will aid in furthering the state of the art in Europe in the four key areas:
The inferno that engulfed the Grenfell Tower was a personal disaster for the many who lost their friends and families. The subsequent analysis and media frenzy highlighted issues of housing, social justice and racism. In a city celebrated for its diversity and social liberalism but which is polarised by race and class, poor working class and communities of colour appear to have been corralled into the worst housing in a global city in the 21st century.
This report presents an analysis of white working-class communities’ perspectives on belonging, change, identity, and immigration. Recent studies about the white working class focus on national politics, religion, and immigration; this study tells a national story from a grassroots perspective with an eye toward the prospects for cross-racial coalition building between working-class white communities and communities of color.
Collaborate to Train is a three-year project that will engage with over 250 local small businesses and support them to increase their involvement in the education and workforce training system.
Exceed in Coventry is a three-year project providing tailored help and support to over 1,300 Coventry residents, enabling them to progress into education, training, job search or employment.
ConnectMe is a three-year project supporting Coventry’s long term unemployed and economically inactive people. The project aims to make it easier for people who are experiencing barriers to employment to move into education, training or employment.