Conference: Researching Co-production

Conference: Researching Co-production
Date: 14.05.2014 (between 10:30-16:30)
Location: Old Council Chamber, Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol

The concept of co-production has been discussed for while but recently, it has experienced a revival due to the increasing attention to the role of citizens, universities and the third sector in the provision of public services. In the tradition of Ostrom, the concept of co-production has been defined as the mix of activities that both public sector agents and citizens contribute to the provision of public services. It has been argued that this concept can contribute to greater satisfaction of users to services as well as encouraging active commitment by users. However, it has also been argued that it can shift insider-outsider dynamics discouraging certain groups from engaging. While the growth of interest in co-production provides important insights and challenges for public management, it has also started to have a significant influence on the UK university sector due to continuing debate around public engagement, impact and relevance. There are several important crucial conceptual issues related to the growing national and international academic interest in co-production that need to be explored to make them more visible. This conference brings together both academics and non-academics working in public management, public health, geography, law, arts, and social studies to address those conceptual issues.

Dr Aksel Ersoy (University of Bristol, the organizer)

Session 1) How can the impact of co-production inform practice, education, policy and research?
Dr Catherine Needham (University of Birmingham): Why is co-production so hard to evidence?
Dr Jessica Pykett (University of Birmingham): Soft paternalism as a form of co-production
Prof Martin Innes (Cardiff University): Co-producing counter-terrorism: signal crimes and their institutional effects

Session 2) How can co-production driven by design and practice bring institutional change and development?
Dr Angela Piccini (University of Bristol): Linking Know Your Bristol and Productive Margins Projects around arts practices
Lucie Stephens (New Economic Foundation) + Adrian Barker (Equwell Strategies): TBC

Session 3) How can the concept of co-production generate social capital and social network?
Ruth Dineen (Co-production Wales): Sustaining active engagement and build social capital though co-production
Dr Lee Gregory (University of Birmingham): Time banking as examples of co-production

Closing remarks:
Prof Wendy Larner (University of Bristol, Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences and Law)
Prof Morag McDermont (University of Bristol, Principal Investigator of Productive Margins)
Prof Keri Facer (University of Bristol, AHRC Connected Communities Leadership Fellow)

This conference is funded by the BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant and it is free to attend. However, because numbers are limited and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, early registration is essential. You can register this conference by emailing It is going to be a full day event and if you need any special requirement, please indicate it in your email.

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