Welcome to PUrSI – the Politics of Urban Social Innovation.

PUrSI is the shorthand name for a major three-year research project on the Urban Politics and Governance of Social Innovation in Austerity. It will run from 1 January 2016 to 31 July 2019. PUrSI is organised by Durham University’s Department of Geography and funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). PUrSI is part of the ESRC’s Urban Transformations research programme.

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).

Please explore the rest of the website for more information about the project. To stay up to date with the progress of the research subscribe to our blog and follow us on Twitter: @ut_pursi. You can also contact us by email: pursi@durham.ac.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you.

The PUrSI team (Joe, Sue, Antonis, Paul and Colin).