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Fairville - Facing Inequalities and democratic challenges through

Co-production in Cities. 

Fairville is a RIA in the Cluster 2 – Democracy of Horizon Europe, the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation. 

Fairville intends to address embedded urban inequalities and the challenge this poses to democracy in large cities and urban regions. It will do so by intervening in low-income neighbourhoods that face a growing distance to the institutions and processes of representative democracy.​ 


Greece, Germany, Belgium, Romania, Senegal, Egypt, UK, France


2023 -2026 (48 Months) 



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under the grant agreement No. 101094991  


Project team

Giorgos Velegrakis - project manager

Eleni Mougiakou 

Sylvain Adam 

Giouli Athousaki 

Melina Vlachou 

Fairville reimagines the long-term impact of various inequalities on democratic participation and will use knowledge co-production and participative democracy as strategies of spatial justice to address urban inequalities affecting cities in Europe, and two other mirror cases in Africa. 

8 pilot cases (Fairville Labs), implemented in low-income urban areas, will be launched worldwide to demonstrate the capacity of co-production to tackle inequalities and reduce democratic gaps. 

The Fairville Labs will be places of reinvigorated local democratic engagement between four main kinds of partners:  

  1. civil-society organisations, CBO’s and ordinary residents and users;

  2. academics and researchers;  

  3. third party facilitators and advocacy organisations; 

  4. local authorities.  

Fairville is a Research and Innovation Action (RIA), which is a collaborative project funded by Horizon Europe that establishes new knowledge or explores a new or improved technology, product, process, service or solution. 

It belongs to the Cluster 2, "Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society" of Horizon Europe that aims to meet EU goals and priorities on enhancing democratic governance and citizens participation, on the safeguarding and promotion of cultural heritage, and to respond to and shape multifaceted social, economic, technological, and cultural transformations. 

In this context, Fairville falls under the topic "Democracy and Governance", which is one of the three areas of intervention inside Cluster 2. 

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