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Practitioner Research Fund

Two recipients of the 2023 'Practitioner Research Fund'


Vanessa Harrison has received funding for a project that asks, "Can Participatory Budgeting help advance gender equity in UK cities’ transport systems?"

This research will explore whether participatory budgeting - a democratic process in which citizens decide directly how to spend part of a public budget - can advance gender equity in our cities’ sustainable transport systems, and whether this can improve the way women and gender diverse people experience and perceive them. 

Through reviewing existing research and interviewing practitioners of participatory budgeting and public-led gender inclusive transport across Europe, this project will consider the applicability of participatory budgeting for three cities in the UK with locally managed transport systems. It will develop recommendations for Government, local policy makers, and advocacy group.

Adele Maher is receiving funding for a project which seeks to identify opportunities for efficiencies in the Irish planning system through a user research led analysis of the planning application process, with particular focus on unblocking barriers to housing delivery.

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Adele Maher, recipient of the Practitioner Research Fund