EU-funded project to address stigmatisation in disadvantaged neighbourhoods

Friday, 03 February 2017

Favelas-Rio

A new four-year research project, funded by the European Commission, has just been launched by the School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University.

The £500,000 project (€558,000) aims to address urban disadvantage and territorial stigmatization, by bringing together different actors such as researchers, policy makers, residents and artists, to ‘co-create’ understanding about marginalised neighbourhoods and to address disadvantage.

The “ Co-Creation” project is led by Dr Juliet Carpenter, Senior Research Fellow, in partnership with six other organisations across the EU and in Latin America, and runs from 2017-2020.  

We’re hoping to develop new methods using techniques such as digital ethnography, which ultimately will have an impact on the communities who live in these neighbourhoods, addressing stereotypes and stigmatization.

Dr Juliet Carpenter, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Brookes University

Dr Juliet Carpenter said: “The project is a great opportunity for the team of researchers to learn about marginalisation in different cities in the EU and Latin America.  We’re hoping to develop new methods using techniques such as digital ethnography, which ultimately will have an impact on the communities who live in these neighbourhoods, addressing stereotypes and stigmatization”.

The partner organisations include 3 NGOs in the EU: European Alternatives (Paris), City Mine(d) (Brussels), Tesserae (Berlin); and three Universities:   University of Bath (Bath), University of PUC-Rio (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, Mexico City).

Dr Carpenter continued: “We’ll be exploring neighbourhoods such as the favelas in Rio, informal settlements in Mexico City, the Paris banlieue, and particular neighbourhoods in Oxford. 

“Each partner has different expertise, including in film and video, participatory methods and ethnographic research.  By bringing together these different skills, we’re hoping to develop new ways of addressing disadvantage and stigmatization to improve people’s lives in these different neighbourhoods”.

Over the coming four years, the project will run a series of international events, including five International Conferences, two Summer Schools, stakeholder workshops as well as seven case studies in the partner cities with participation from local communities and artists. The first networking event was held at Oxford Brookes University on 16-18 January 2017, with a three-day launch meeting, where all partners contributed to discussions about the project and its development over the coming years. The next event, a conference on the role of creativity in challenging exclusion will be hosted by the University of Bath in September 2017.

Dr Christina Horvath, leader of the organising team said: “Territorial stigmatisation affects residents of marginalised neighbourhoods worldwide. Exploring how creativity works is the first step towards building capability and enabling residents to enhance their self-esteem and life opportunities”. 

Funded by the European Commission’s ‘Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions’ under the RISE programme, a major part of the study will involve the secondment of researchers between organisations, to exchange knowledge and know-how between disciplines, sectors and continents.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 734770.