UK Cities face many complex challenges such as inequality, crime, housing shortages, traffic congestion, fossil fuel dependency, environmental degradation, and a lack of solutions and skills required to implement them. Local governments are working to address these challenges despite financial austerity, voter apathy, disagreements between central and other tiers of government regarding priorities, funding availability that may not match the time it is needed, organisations that don’t coordinate activities well and lack of reliable information.  Each of these contributes to less than satisfactory decisions that can worsen problems and degrade public confidence. In combination, they make the problems to be solved very complex.  This project is committed to developing ways to transform the current system by enhancing the capacity of cities and organisations to better address these complex urban problems by promoting coproduction and collaborative working practices.  These new ways of approaching complex problems will enhance civic enterprise, help retain local value and develop new types of institutions.

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