During the BETTER Life Annual Meeting in Italy, the project representatives had a unique opportunity to meet local stakeholders, authorities, and other project representatives involved in socially engaged research.
The focus of the meeting, in the form of an outdoor excursion in a pilot area, was the urban redevelopment plan for the Tofare and via Napoli neighbourhoods. Participants had the chance to meet and discuss with local stakeholders, including academic representatives (Prof. Maria Federica Ottone, Prof. Rosalba D’Onofrio, Prof. Salvatore Santuccio, Prof. Roberta Cocci Grifoni and Dr. Simone Porfiri School of Architecture and Design, University of Camerino), as well as representatives of the local administration (Dr. Donatella Ferretti – City Hall Councillor for Culture), and of local NGOs (Dr. Claudio Bachetti – ACLI & Associazione “Cose di Questo Mondo”).
After a morning coffee and an introduction to the field trip, participants embarked on a fruitful exchange of ideas and experiences with the local stakeholders. The visit to the neighbourhoods allowed for a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities related to socially engaged research and urban redevelopment in academic projects of applied research.