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Ramsden

Peter

Ramsden

Validated Lead Expert
Generic Skills
B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
Peter Ramsden Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Peter Ramsden is an expert in social innovation, urban and regional development and employment policy based in London UK. He has worked extensively on the operation of the EU cohesion policy (both for the Commission and in Regional Development Agencies) and has advocated new approaches based on social innovation and inclusive entrepreneurship. He managed the economic development pole for URBACT – an EU exchange, learning programme which works on the implementation of social innovations and urban good practices among 500 cities working within the EU’s cohesion policy. For URBACT he has written extensively on how cities can address problems in deprived areas, improve metropolitan governance and promote active inclusion and smart growth. He has advised the European Social Fund on inclusive entrepreneurship, transnationality and social innovation and worked with the first Community of Practice on Inclusive Entrepreneurship. He has carried out assignments for OECD, the World Bank the European Commission, national governments and cities across Europe. He also worked on the 2008 China dialogue on EU cohesion policy and participated in the Shanghai Expo in 2010 Better city, Better life. He is the co-author of the EU guide to social innovation in cohesion policy and two guides on Community Led Local development in the European Structural and Investment Funds. In 2013 he directed the widely acclaimed EU 50 cases.
B1. Assessment: 
1 - Demonstrated more than 2 years (6 in total) of experience with integrated and sustainable urban development (also visible in his CV)
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
Helped to develop URBACT method with Urbact secretariat (member of task force and subsequently two terms as Thematic Pole Manager for URBACT. Main contributor to first version of toolkit for Urbact Local Support Groups to local action planning. Contributor to second version of toolkit. Author of guideline documents for Round 1 of URBACT 2 including that for local action planning. Author and lead editor of methodological guide for ESF learning networks 2012 Attendee at training for experts given by Etienne Wenger in Zeuthen Berlin 2008 organised by DG Employment
B2. Assessment: 
1 - Provided more significant transnational activities that demonstrate understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level. Transnational networks also descrived in his CV - urban, entrepreneurship, social innovation
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
English native with easy to understand pronunciation and clear syntax. Extensive conference speaking and moderation engagements in English including Urban development Network, OECD, World Bank/IMF, European Commission. Author of guides, handbooks and articles written in an easy approachable style (see CV) incuding guide to Community led Local Development. Able to explain complex concepts in simple terms to a lay audience both verbally and in writing.
B3. Assessment: 
1- Proficient in English, native speaker
Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:
C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
Do you really mean non-English speakers or people who do not speak English as a first language? Use of simulation exercises (e.g. housing allocation simulation, land development simulation) Teaching two one-week project cycle management to Romanian civil servants in 2001 (through interpreter) Explaining European Urban dimension of cohesion policy to Chinese civil servants (2008 visit of Commissioner Danuta Hubner to Chongqing) Explaining results framework to URBACT lead partners and lead experts Managing EU 50 Urban case studies with 25 EU experts all speaking different mother tongues. Explaining the use of the Right to Bid and other local development tools in UK to Marise Lebranchu French minister of
C3.1 Assessment: 
1 - Provided more than one example that demonstrates ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
I am an experienced moderator with usually 20 workshops per year in which I am paid to do this. The clients have included URBACT, Social Innovation Exchange, Social Innovation Europe, European Commission (DG REGIO, DG MARE - FARNET, DG EMPLOY). A good example would be the DG Employment workshop for the Progress programme. The crucial part of any meeting is to get the emotional atmosphere right. This meeting started with a 'who are you session' to music where each participant had to introduce themselves to 3 others in the room. Someone afterwards said (in a feedback form) 'I knew it was going to be different when I heard the music. The projects were working on social experiments that they had designed which required a detailed understanding of technical concepts including randomised control groups and other ways of evaluating to demonstrate that a new technique was efficient and effective compared to existing policy strategies. I moderated about half of the one day session in which issues around their topics and delivery were raised and developed. I used various moderation techniques during the day including standard ones like post-it notes and less used approaches such as visualisation. By the end of the day everyone in the room had contributed and went away feeling that they had been listened to and that their main issues had been addressed. The day was well received by the client - the unit managing the progress social experimentation projects.
C3.2 Assessment: 
0- Provided less than two examples that demonstrate the ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants to enable comparison, exchange, peer review, etc (more is visible form the CV, however the application provided too limited information)
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
I have used a wide range of techniques including photographs, video and the use of post it notes and flip charts to create shared records of meetings. One example was the Capacity Building workshop for OECD on inclusive entrepreneurship held in Brussels where the knowledge created from the meeting was turned into a report. A general rule is that you should not both facilitate a meeting and be the documentalist. Although there are techniques for capturing learning it is best to have two people on the task (as we did for the OECD meeting). For a meeting on innovative approaches to tackling long term unemployment held the previous year at OECD's Trento Centre I both designed the learning structure of the meeting and provided the follow up document in the form of a steering paper later published by OECD
C3.3 Assessment: 
1 - Provided two examples that demonstrate the ability to capture learning for participants to take away
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
See CV for full list. I have produced many reports over the years. Recent highlights include the widely cited EU 50 urban cases studyAuthor which developed the idea of producing cases in four versions (6 lines, half page summary, journalistic account and detailed template. This approach has been adopted elsewhere including by URBACT which has used it in the transfer networks, in the 10 local support group cases study and for the workstreams. I also wrote three chapters of the URBACT results which took a thematic approach looking at what was coming out of the Round 1 networks. The three chapters covered deprived neighbourhoods, metropolitan governance and Active Inclusion. This year I have produced a work for the OECD that reviews the contribution that social impact bonds make to combatting disadvantage (forthcoming) and an ebook with Ivan Tosics called 'Integrated regeneration before and after the crisis'.
C3.4 Assessment: 
1 - Provided more than two examples that demonstrate the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages (more information is indeed visible in the CV)
Summary Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities: 
I have been desiging transnational meetings, and specifically exchange and learning activities for nearly 20 years including for both ERDF and ESF and most recently for the newly established Urban Development Network. I like to make meeting active learning environments in which the pace and style varies throughout the meeting. I was involved in the design and execution of the two URBACT summer Universities (Krakow and Warsaw). I also designed a series of OECD capacity building workshops for an audience that came from different parts of Europe and had different levels of experience. (for example the 2012 Trento workshops that I both designed and delivered). An increasing problem is to go beyond providing participants with an inspiring and active experience towards supporting them on a longer term basis in their learning trajectory. No one has cracked the code on this one yet.
Assessment: 
The expert is validated for C, not validated only for 2.1 as he provided less than two examples of having strong team ethic and sensitivity to partner dynamics and cultural differences (however, in more than 6 years experience in URBACT programme he probably developed such skills) and 3.2. as he provided less than two examples that demonstrate the ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants to enable comparison, exchange, peer review, etc (more is visible form the CV, however the application provided too limited information).
Thematic expertise:
Theme / Policy: 
Integrated Urban Renewal
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
You have to be joking with limits of 1million characters. There were eight other themes that I could complete on this topic but there are limits to my time so I focus on integrated urban renewal. I am an acknowledged thinker, writer and facilitator on this topic. I was made a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in the UK for my contributions back in 2003. Some recent highlights include: Author (with Laura Colini) of the EU 50 urban cases report which explored how the 50 cases that had been produced reflected integrated and participative approaches to eight different thematic areas. These areas included the three Europe 2020 themes of inclusive, smart and sustainable growth, participative and integrated approaches, financial engineering and trans-national cooperation. This year with Ivan Tosics we have produced an ebook on integrated urban regeneration before and after the crisis for URBACT.
D1 Assessment: 
1 - Demonstrated more than two years of experience in having deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc. (also visible in the descriptions under C and CV)
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
I wrote the State of the Art for the Smart Cities project on how social innovation has been practiced in an URBAN context and with specific reference to how cities have led the process. This is available on the URBACT website. Back in the 1990s I wrote the feasibility study for a RECITE network EQUAL CREDIT which reviewed how microfinance had developed in Europe. RECITE was a forerunner of URBACT and the network engaged seven cities and regions. I was one of three writers for the Inclusive Entrepreneurship (business creation) strand of EQUAL which involved producing material for the thematic working group on entrepreneurship.
D2 Assessment: 
1 - Provided two valid examples that demonstrate the ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which he has been involved
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
URBACT lab reports on Metropolitan Governance (Lille meeting involving Joining Forces and EGTC) and Migrant Integration (involving MILE) Final online report for the UDIEX ALEP URBACT 1 network bringing together all the material and case examples in thematic written products www.Wikipreneurship.eu a repository of the inclusive entrepreneurship material coming out of the EQUAL programme. I produced about a third of the articles that are on this platform. These included policy briefs and case examples See also CV for hyperlinks to reports mentioned above .
D3 Assessment: 
1 - Provided two examples that demonstrate the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities, put forward good practice and policy messages targeting city practitioners and urban policy-makers (for participants as well as for an external audience), also visible in the C part of the application as well as CV.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
Author of URBACT capitalisation products including URBACT RESULTS and the ebook with Ivan Tosics on urban regeneration before and after the crisis. These draw on examples and cases developed within the URBACT networks and Workstreams (and sometimes beyond) in order to produce digestible and practitioner oriented reports. Contributor and editor to URBACT workstreams on Social Innovation, Divided Cities and New Economies. Editor for paper on Divided cities and New Economies. There are many questions about how best to
D4 Assessment: 
1 - Provided one example that demonstrates an understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design, awareness raising, etc. More visible in his CV.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
Peter Ramsden has extensive experience in the field of urban regeneration starting with his work as a community organiser in the early 1980s on four social housing estates in Hackney East London. Since then he has worked on this topic in a variety of capacities. These have included being on the Programme Monitoring Committee for the Objective 1 programme in Merseyside (1995-96) which included the ground-breaking Pathways to Integration priority , negotiating first generation URBAN programmes (in Liverpool, Manchester, and Shoreditch), developing the concept of Community Economic Development in the UK's Objective 2 programmes and specifically in Greater Manchester Lancashire and Cheshire, South Yorkshire and East London and the Lea Valley. He sat on the board of the East Midlands Development Agency for 6 years with a specific brief for Sustainable Communities and chaired the Large Project Committee and the ERDF Innovation sub committee of the Programme. He has worked extensively on urban regeneration while associated with URBACT, he was pole manager responsible for the deprived neighbourhoods and active inclusion themes. He has published on this topic including the Urban Development in the EU: 50 Urban good practice Cases and more recently Urban Regeneration before and after the crisis.
Assessment: 
The expert is validated for this theme with maximum score. His application as well as his CV demonstrate deep knowledge and experience in this theme.
Expertise support to local authorities and other stakeholders in designing & delivering integrated and participatory policies
E.1. Knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local polices : 
Main contributor for first version of URBACT toolkit, and contributor to second. Wide and practical knowledge of moderation, facilitation and participative techniques. Exponent of participatory methods through work as a community organiser for four years on the Lea View House estate (and three nearby estates) in Hackney. Lea View was the first estate in the UK to have a community architecture approach to its regeneration. This was largely driven by the tenants who employed me. We used a range of techniques including community surveys, focus groups and a steering group including the main stakeholders. When at the European Commission I championed participative approaches and this led to the development of Community Economic Development measures in the 1994-99 UK Structural Fund programmes which targeted resources on poorest neighbourhoods. I worked at NEF in the early 2000s where some of the early ideas about Coproduction were being thrashed out. Coproduction was an essential element of the EQUAL programme which I worked on unti l its final conference in Lisbon in 2008. Since then I have been working on these user centric methods both in URBACT and in the wider social innovation community. I codirect Social Innovation Europe I have written extensively on participatory approaches for the EU (see Urban Development in the EU 50 cases study) and for URBACT (see forthcoming ebook) We are still working on implementation and I hope to join the URBACT task force.
E.1 Assessment: 
1 - Demonstrated more than two years of experience in the category E and provided proofs of relevant activities that demonstrates knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local polices (including proactive outreach to different stakeholders, conflict resolution, mediation of interests, community dialogue, etc.)
E.2. Knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies: 
I have worked on the the integrated approach since the early 1990s when I was researching and writing about the problems of unbalanced approaches being deployed by the Urban Development Corporations. In DG REGIO I worked extensively on integrating the Structural Funds as in those days we had integrated priorities combining soft and hard measures in the mainstream programmes and in 14 of the Community Initiatives. On delivery I was 6 years on the Board of one of the UK's most successful Regional Development Agencies and the Board member with responsiblity for sustainable communities and for the sub regional partnerships which spent 55% of the agencies budget. Since working with URBACT I have focused on the design of integrated strategies and helped URBACT to develop its current Action Planning approach using a stakeholder based approach I am an experienced evaluator and have worked in this field for nearly 20 years. Evaluations that I have carried out personally include the Phoenix Development Fund 2005 (interim and final reports), the evaluation of South Tyrone Empowerment Programme in 2013, the Evaluation of the European Microfinance Network for four years up until 2011. In all of these I have had to work with developing realistic indicator and operationalising them. I was a core member of the negotiating team for developing the URBACT 3 programme and wrote many of the background papers on the RESULTS orientation in cohesion policy. I was also a board member for East Midlands Development Agency responsible for initiating the idea of an Evaluation Framework for the agency ( a contract subsequently delivered by Ecotec). As a board member I had shared oversight of financial, output and impact performance of the agency. I have been on steering committees to supervise the ex-ante evaluation of the URBACT 3 programme (delivered by Ecorys), and also exploratory studies on how to measure learning in URBACT networks (delivered by EKOS) and on what goes on inside local support groups (carried out by AEIDL). I also sat on many Programme Monitoring Committees in the 1990s attending over 20 meetings - mostly in Merseyside, Yorkshire, Manchester and London for both mainstream programmes and Community Initiatives including the first URBAN programme
E.2 Assessment: 
1 - provided more relevant activities that demonstrates knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of sustainable urban strategies/policies
E.3. Awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level: 
I am a selected expert working for the European Commission in support of their new URBAN development network (UDN). I have deep knowledge of the regulations for the ERDF and ESF through attending in excess of 30 programme monitoring committee meetings in the 1990s. I cowrote (with Paul Soto) the two guides for Community Led Local Development for both Managing Authorities and for local actors I have written extensively on EU funding for regeneration in the 50 urban cases study and more recently in the Ebook with Ivan Tosics. The latter includes a historical chapter reviewing how EU and national approaches to urban regeneration have developed over the past 25 years.
E.3 Assessment: 
1 - Provided valid examples that demonstrates awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level
E.4. Ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities: 
for URBACT smart cities I visited all ten cities. The situation in Gualdo Tadino (IT) with only 10000 inhabitants and Mizil (RO) meant that the content had to be adapted to local conditions compared to the other eight medium sized cities in the network. There was limited capacity in the administrations and a lack of understanding about what benefits membership of a network such as URBACT could bring. I had meetings with the nascent local support groups at which I explained the main nuts and bolts of an URBACT network and what was expected of them as potential city members. I was able to have private meetings with mayors and deputy mayors to discuss some of the issues that arose from being such small urban areas within a network dominated by larger players. They in turn assured me that they would guarantee the maximum feasible participation of their limited staffs.
E.4 Assessment: 
1 - provided more relevant activities that demonstrate ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities so as to ensure consistency in the design and delivery of integrated and participatory policies across participants in transnational projects (more visible in his CV)
Summary Expertise: 
Peter Ramsden is an acknowledge expert in the field of designing and delivering integrated and participative urban policies. He has worked extensively on the topic including - April 2012- October 2015 URBACT Thematic Pole manager for Economic Development and Innovation April 2008-2011 URBACT thematic pole manager for inclusion and governance - Co author of the Guide to Community Led Local Development for DG Regio 2013 and for beneficiaries in 2014 - Co author with Laura Colini of the final report 50 Urban Practices for DG Regio. In 2013 - URBACT 2 pole manager for Social Inclusion and Governance (2007-2011). - Author of URBACT Local Action Toolkit 2009. Author of guideline documents for transnational networks in URBACT methodology (preparing baseline studies, doing local action plans, case studies, managing authorities). - Author of 3 chapters on disadvantaged neighbourhoods, metropolitan governance and active inclusion for URBACT Results Dec 2011. -
Assessment: 
The expert si validated for E with maximum score, Through his application and CV he domonstrated vast expertise to support local authorities and other stakeholders in designing and delivering integrated and participatory policies.

Informations

Residence location:
United Kingdom
Languages:
English - Mother tongue
Foreign Languages level: 
Foreign languages: 
Email:
peterramsden2@gmail.com
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