Jan 16-Dec 18. PUrSI is funded under the ESRC’s Urban Transformations Programme. PI, Joe Painter. I am one of the three grant Co-I’s (the other two being Colin McFarlane and Paul Langley). Sue Lewis is our Research Associate and Hara Kouki is a closely collaborating JRF. All based at Durham Geography.

To investigate the urban politics and governance of social innovation in austerity, PUrSI researchers are studying three aspects of social innovation: generating resources through alternative finance, harnessing social energy through grassroots mobilisation, and meeting needs through community provision. We are looking at these aspects in three European cities with contrasting experiences of austerity: Athens (Greece), Berlin (Germany), and Newcastle upon Tyne (UK).