People in the driving seat as Minister announces £3.9 million urban regeneration partnerships

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People living in the cities of Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Newcastle and Gateshead and York will benefit from a new research and innovation initiative that puts them in the driving seat to help improve their cities' health, wellbeing and prosperity as they face up to challenges of modern urban living.

Phase one of the Urban Living Partnership, a first-of-its-kind investment by the seven UK Research Councils and the government's innovation agency, Innovate UK, brings citizens together with university researchers, local authorities and over 70 partners from business and the third sector, in five multidisciplinary pilot initiatives aimed at rewriting the blueprint for the evolution of our city living.

Taking a 'whole city' approach, the Urban Living Partnership brings together a unique body of expertise cutting across over 20 disciplines including civil engineering, computer science, planning, psychology, management, arts and humanities, the creative industries and health sciences.

Partners to the £3.9 million first phase of the initiative are contributing over £1.9 million and include: IBM UK Ltd, Arup, Atkins Global, The Environment Agency, Natural England and the Future Cities Catapult.

Announcing the launch of the Urban Living Partnership, Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, said: At their best, cities drive innovation, cultural and economic activity and social integration, however they also face increasing challenges, such as overheating, congestion, poor supply of water and the removal of waste. These new projects will combine business acumen with academic talent and community leadership to help tackle these issues and ensure the continued prosperity in five of our greatest cities.

Further details are available on the UK Research and Innovate website.

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