Project objectives

Urban problems such as traffic congestion, safety and pollution are difficult to tackle as the mitigation involves multiple stakeholders. The aim of LOOPER is to develop new ways of decision-making that bring together citizens, stakeholders and policy-makers by building a participatory co-creation methodology and platform that demonstrate ‘learning loops’.

LOOPER’s methodology addresses the whole co-creation process. Citizens and stakeholders debate on topical issues, then frame the problem and collect data. The LOOPER platform visualizes the data, and enables the co-design of solutions which are evaluated and the best are put into practice and monitored. The platform will be tested in three living labs in Brussels, Verona and Manchester.

The LOOPER co-creation process:

LOOPER was launched in July 2017 and will run until June 2020. It was submitted under JPI Urban Europe’s ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures Call. LOOPER receives funding from the European Union, Innoviris Brussels, the UK Economic and Social Research Council, and the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research.

Research projects with a similar focus to LOOPER are CIVITAS’ SUNRISE and METAMORPHOSIS.