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Bloomfield

Jon

Bloomfield

Validated Lead Expert

Generic Skills

B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
For over thirty years I have been engaged in diverse and evolving elements of sustainable urban development in Coventry, Birmingham, the wider West Midlands and within Europe. I have extensive experience with a range of different public organisations and European networks and institutions. I have worked for the European Commission, the Committee of the Regions, the Council of Europe, Eurocities and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions. My attached CV indicates the various roles that I have fulfilled and continue to play. This means that I bring a breadth of experience and knowledge to various aspects of sustainable urban development, alongside demonstrable competence and the confidence of my colleagues within these institutions.
B1. Assessment: 
1. At least 2 years’ experience with urban development
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
• I have been engaged in transnational exchange and learning processes for more than two decades. Currently I work on the EIT’s Climate KIC programme. http://www.climate-kic.org/ I led the work of six European regions and brought them together with the five leading academic institutions in the successful application to the EIT. Following the success of the application I was responsible for the co-ordination of the six regions within Climate KIC and jointly responsible for the preparation and development of its innovative, pan-European training programme, Pioneers into Practice. • Previously I had been responsible for Birmingham’s role as Secretary of Eurocities, the major Association of Europe’s big cities. This required a detailed knowledge of a wide-range of urban issues and an ability to ensure that senior officers and political leaders worked smoothly together. • I transformed traditional town twinning into active city partnerships amongst Birmingham and its sister cities. I shifted the focus onto professional co-operation, learning good practice and schools and citizen exchanges. I set up the link with Johannesburg in 1997 and Guangzhou in 2004. • During this period I had overall responsibility for the establishment of the Frankfurt Xmas market in Birmingham.
B2. Assessment: 
1. Experience with at least 1 transnational exchange and learning processes
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
English is my mother tongue. I have written for a variety of audiences for more than four decades from short pieces to my doctoral thesis. To give one example, as a specialist on Czechoslovakia, I covered the 1989 Velvet Revolution for The Guardian newspaper. I reported directly from Prague and acted as the paper’s main analyst of the events. I wrote extensively on the revolution and continued to write articles on developments in the following years.
B3. Assessment: 
1. Proficiency in English shown throughout application and in CV.

Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:

C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
Provide examples of one (or several) situations where you have been responsible for communicating complex concepts to non-English speakers. Provide examples of supports used for communication (presentations, youtube links, PREZI, etc.). The Pioneers into Practice programme is a pan European programme that draw participants whose mother tongue is Spanish, Italian, Polish, German and Hungarian, as well as English. We have now added participants from several other European countries too. We have used a range of methods to overcome the issues arising from language. Thus we try where possible to use coaches with good language skills of the country they are working in to be the mentors; we provide a table of translated, technical terms; we ask coaches to prepare Power Point presentations in advance so that participants can read the key points as well as just hearing them, which helps understanding; and we ensure that some of the local coaches/mentors have capable English language skills so they are able to help less confident participants.
C3.1 Assessment: 
1. At least 1 valid example provided with well defined communication approach
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
Provide examples of outputs produced to support exchange of experiences and knowledge at transnational level. In the detailed work with the eight partners on the TOGETHER programme each city was expected to develop an exemplar project. As the lead expert I outlined a common framework for these projects, setting a number of key criteria that they would need to comply with so that the project as a whole would be able to draw comparisons and learn lessons from the application of this framework. On the Climate KIC Pioneer Cities programme and its successor Transition Cities the cities are developing a low carbon cluster methodology for their activities in relation to buildings, energy and mobility. I have been central to the team developing a common framework for development of this methodology. This guidance sets the framework for data collection and the resultant tables and social network mapping tools then enable a visualisation of projects and comparisons to be made between the cities.
C3.2 Assessment: 
1. At least 1 valid example provided of ability to support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
Provide examples of documents produced to capture the knowledge and experiences exchanged at transnational level (e.g meeting reports, case studies, etc). At Mulhouse in November 2012 to a conference of 300 people I presented the findings from the Local Action Plans of the 8 partners EU URBACT project entitled TOGETHER on the subject of citizen participation. This Power Point presentation drew on the work and plans that each of the cities had undertaken during the project. It generalised the best practice for a wider audience of the project’s work and achievements on promoting citizen engagement in the eight different partner cities. I have adopted a similar approach with the main urban projects I have been working on in Climate KIC. Thus I have presented the work of the six main cities in both the Pioneer Cities and Transition Cities innovation programmes to wider European audiences, including at an Open Days event in Brussels (October 2014) with representatives of the European Commission and European Parliament.
C3.3 Assessment: 
1. Presenting findings of projects is an important take-away for participants when they go home.
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
Provide examples of reports incorporating good practices and policy messages. My most recent work is a study for Climate-KIC which shows how towns and cities can chart a path for a successful transition to a low carbon economy. Entitled ‘Maximising Europe’s Low Carbon Activities: Moving from Individual Projects to Challenge-led Programmes’ (2014) http://www.transition-cities.net/transition-cities-2/documents/ the report assesses programmes where public authorities have recognised the limitations of a traditional project approach and moved towards more comprehensive programmes. A short summary captures the key features and policy lessons of the study. A senior European Commission official has commented “I read with great interest the documents on your work on challenge-led and broad models of innovation within the context of low carbon and its special focus on cities. The thinking is very much in line with our own..” • As an adviser to the Committee of the Regions I co-wrote Communicating Europe at the Local and Regional Level (May 2007); http://cor.europa.eu/en/documentation/brochures/Documents/communiquer-l'europe-niveau-local/communiquer-l'europe-niveau-local_English.pdf I then presented the main policy messages from this study at a symposium with the Commissioner in Brussels.
C3.4 Assessment: 
1. Provided at least 2 valid examples of reports with good practices and policy messages. One note: would have been even better to elaborate the 2nd example with the same rigour as the 1st one.
Summary Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities: 
I have been engaged in the design of substantial transnational exchange and learning programmes for more than two decades. My work covers a wide range of topics within the umbrella of sustainable urban development. As well as being a lead expert for URBACT on its TOGETHER project, my expertise has resulted in my being engaged over this period by DG Regional Policy, the Committee of the Regions, the Council of Europe, CEMR and Eurocities. I have played a leading role in the development and growth of one of Europe’s major new initiatives, the EIT’s Climate Knowledge Innovation Community programme. This is the only KIC which has embedded regions and city authorities within its core structure and adopted the Commission’s policy framework concerning broad models of innovation into its main activity. With Pioneers into Practice(PIP) I have been centrally engaged in the creation, design and practical development of a new European mobility programme for low carbon practitioners. PIP extends the concept of transnational learning and exchange, gives its deeper substance and opens access to a much broader range of practitioners than existing mobility programmes. I combine this with a proven capacity to write concise reports in a clear, accessible style for a variety of audiences.
Assessment: 
No inconsistencies found with CV

Thematic expertise:

Theme / Policy: 
Local Governance
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
I have more than thirty years experience of local governance. At both Coventry and Birmingham I was involved with neighbourhood and regeneration programmes covering a range of economic, social and housing themes and in broader participation initiatives. Since autumn 2005 I have been an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute of Local Government Studies, Birmingham University. I undertake research projects on a range of European topics. Amongst work relevant to this theme I have: Acted as the Lead Expert for an EU URBACT project entitled TOGETHER on the subject of citizen participation, well-being and co-responsibility which involved municipalities in eight different Member States. Been a specialist adviser to the COR. In this role I prepared three major reports: Communicating Europe at the Local and Regional Level (May 2007); Making a Reality of the Charter of Fundamental Rights (September 2008); and Connecting Europe: the Future of the COR (January 2009); presented their findings to conferences and seminars; and also drafted shorter papers on governance topics for COR workshops. In 2014 I was appointed as the UK nominee on the Group of Independent Experts on local and regional government for the Council of Europe.
D1 Assessment: 
1. More than 2 years’ experience shown
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
In the detailed work with the eight partners on the TOGETHER programme each city was expected to develop an exemplar project. As the lead expert I outlined a common framework for these projects, setting a number of key criteria that they would need to comply with so that the project as a whole would be able to draw comparisons and learn lessons from the application of this framework. Based on an extensive questionnaire and interviews with participating authorities as an adviser to the Committee of the Regions I co-wrote ‘Communicating Europe at the Local and Regional Level (May 2007)’. This background work gave the learning materials which enabled the report to synthesise best practices into a valuable pan-European report.
D2 Assessment: 
1. 2 valid examples provided
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
For the TOGETHER project based on the preparatory and thematic work undertaken with the eight partners I was able to prepare a series of city reports. The compilation of these reports on the cities is available on line below. • http://urbact.eu/sites/default/files/import/Projects/Together/outputs_media/LE_Reports_Compilation_from_TGT_meetings_v4.pdf • The outcome of the survey and interview work with public authorities enabled us to produce the report which presented good practice and policy messages for urban policy-makers. The report entitled ‘Communicating Europe at the Local and Regional Level’ (May 2007) is available below. http://cor.europa.eu/en/documentation/brochures/Documents/communiquer-l'europe-niveau-local/communiquer-l'europe-niveau-local_English.pdf
D3 Assessment: 
1. 2 valid examples provided here and earlier in application
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
From the TOGETHER project I developed a Seven Point Scale of Citizen Engagement which was presented at the final conference and in the wider capitalisation work through URBACT publications. TOGETHER presented the scale as an instrument that could enable citizens, non-governmental organisations and councils across Europe to measure the extent of citizen engagement on a project, programme or strategic plan in their city. The seven steps are: 1. Minimal engagement 2. Formal partnership 3. An engaged partnership 4. Co-governance 5. Co-management 6. Co-production 7. Co-responsibility http://urbact.eu/together-results
D4 Assessment: 
1. 1 example provided of producing and designing a strategy for local governance
Summary Thematic expertise: 
I have been engaged in the design of substantial transnational exchange and learning programmes for more than two decades. My lengthy experience as a practitioner in local government combined with my academic and journalistic skills enables me to cover a wide range of topics within the umbrella of sustainable urban development with a particular focus on governance and urban affairs. In the EU URBACT TOGETHER project I developed a 7 point scale to measure citizen engagement which has a wide applicability and can help citizens, non-governmental organisations and public authorities to distinguish between initiatives with just minimal engagement and those with more far-reaching and substantial mechanisms. As well as being a lead expert for URBACT, my expertise has resulted in my being engaged over this period by DG Regional Policy, the Committee of the Regions, the Council of Europe, CEMR and Eurocities on different aspects of local, metropolitan and regional governance. I have prepared published reports and made presentations for all of these bodies over the past decade.
Assessment: 
No inconsistencies with CV
Theme / Policy: 
Environmental Issues
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
My deep knowledge and experience in this topic is exemplified by my work with the Climate Knowledge Innovation Community (Climate KIC), Europe’s biggest public private initiative on climate change. It brings together 6 European regions, 6 top university conglomerates and a number of big companies and SMEs in a consortium designed to accelerate the innovation and implementation of low carbon initiatives across Europe. It has guaranteed funding under the Horizon 2020 programme with a budget in 2015 alone of €91 million. During 2008-2009 I constructed and led a consortium of six regions, organised them into a Regional Innovation Implementation Community (RIC) and developed the distinctive contribution of the regions into the overall consortium. Once the bid was successful, I was responsible for the co-ordination and development of the Midlands pillar which brings together public authorities, universities, research organisations, large and small companies and third sector organisations. Since 2012 I chair and oversee the work of one of Climate KIC’s eight thematic arenas, the cross-cutting Making Transitions Happen (MTH) platform.
D1 Assessment: 
1. More than 2 years’ experience shown
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
1. I have been the co-designer of the Pioneers into Practice programme. In 2014 nearly 300 people from 12 European regions participated in PIP. This innovative European mobility programme designed for low carbon practitioners of all ages and backgrounds contains a dedicated mentoring component alongside its two one month placements. To ensure that PIP is a high quality programme I have worked with specialists from the Dutch transitions community in the development of a range of learning tools and methods for PIP participants. See attached. http://www.transitiepraktijk.nl/files/Low-carbon%20transition%20through%20system%20innovation%202013%20reader%20final.pdf 2. At the heart of Europe’s low-carbon policy ambition is the need to grow a pool of skilled practitioners aware of both the scale of the challenge and the routes to enable cities, companies and communities to make the necessary transformations in their daily practice, systems and business models. In response to this need, Climate-KIC has launched a new initiative – the Transitions Hub. I am leading this work and chair the Hub’s advisory committee. In this role I contribute to the detailed business plans indicating the key target groups for the Hub and the main themes of its programmes.
D2 Assessment: 
1. 2 valid examples provided
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
After its first two years of operation I led a small team which undertook a Pioneers into Practice Review.(2012) http://www.climate-kic.org/news/europes-placement-programme-for-climate-professionals-takes-shape/ This gave a clear assessment of the progress of the programme and the key shortcomings which needed to be tackled. My most recent work is a study for Climate-KIC which shows how cities can chart a path for a successful transition to a low carbon economy. Entitled ‘Maximising Europe’s Low Carbon Activities: Moving from Individual Projects to Challenge-led Programmes’ (2014) http://www.transition-cities.net/transition-cities-2/documents/ the report shows where public authorities have recognised the limitations of a traditional project approach and moved towards more comprehensive programmes. A short summary captures the key features and policy lessons of the study. A senior European Commission official has commented “I read with great interest the documents on your work on challenge-led and broad models of innovation within the context of low carbon and its special focus on cities. The thinking is very much in line with our own....”
D3 Assessment: 
1. 2 valid examples provided
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
With Pioneers into Practice (PIP) I have been centrally engaged in the creation, design and practical development of a new European mobility programme for low carbon practitioners. PIP extends the concept of transnational learning and exchange, gives its deeper substance and opens access to a much broader range of practitioners than existing mobility programmes. The review I led of the programme in 2012 assessed the progress that had been made since its inauguration and proposed a number of practical steps to improve the operational effectiveness and training quality of the programme. The findings were disseminated widely to partners and were used to extend the programme to a further six regions under the EIT’s Outreach programme in 2014.
D4 Assessment: 
1. 1 valid example provided showing use of project results to create awareness
Summary Thematic expertise: 
Since 2008 I have played a leading role in the development of one of Europe’s major new initiatives, the EIT’s Climate KIC programme. This is the only KIC which has embedded regions within its core structure and adopted the Commission’s policy framework concerning broad models of innovation. With Pioneers into Practice (PIP) I have been centrally engaged in the creation, design and practical development of a new European mobility programme for low carbon practitioners. PIP extends the concept of transnational learning and exchange, gives its deeper substance and opens access to a much broader range of practitioners than existing mobility programmes. Currently I am responsible for Climate KIC’s Making Transitions Happen platform. My key activities here include the development of a Transitions Hub designed to spread the latest thinking on best practice on climate change to practitioners and policy-makers across Europe and my engagement with Transition Cities, an initiative consolidating an open innovation model of urban system innovation. My proven capacity to prepare concise reports in a clear, accessible style for a variety of audiences is evident in the numerous articles, studies and presentations I have regularly written and made over the last seven years on these topics.
Assessment: 
No inconsistencies with CV
Theme / Policy: 
Local Economic Development
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
For over thirty years I have been engaged in local economic development in Coventry, Birmingham and within Europe. I was involved in economic and social regeneration schemes in both cities for a decade before concentrating on European programmes. From 1996 I was responsible for maximising the amount and effective use of EU resources within Birmingham. I managed large ERDF and ESF programmes and was involved in project conception, development, bidding and implementation. I was also responsible for the establishment of Birmingham’s Frankfurt Xmas Market, an example of innovative local development policy in action. This Market now attracts over 3 million visitors each year. I was involved with 4 EU Equal programmes looking at innovative ways of overcoming disadvantage in the labour market and wrote reports on the policy lessons for the 15 cities involved. I was later the chief author of the West Midlands Regional Competitiveness and Employment Programme, ERDF Operational Programme 2007-2013, worth €400 million. This work involved detailed collaboration with partners and I undertook detailed negotiations with the European Commission in preparation of the final document.
D1 Assessment: 
1. More than 2 years’ experience shown
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
The three year EQUAL programme involved 15 cities from 9 countries. For each of the topic areas I prepared briefing materials for the partners. For example, Bridges over Borders aimed to develop an integrated approach to the multidimensional problems of participation in lifelong learning (LLL) activity. By pooling efforts and resources the partnership sought to develop common goals and find innovative solutions to jointly defined problems. The partnership actively explored specific issues that impact on participation in LLL, which included methods of engagement, learning delivery, motivation, basic skills, culture and unemployment. The goal was to develop new methods for piloting and delivering LLL in effective ways for the various communities that traditionally are excluded from the formal learning environment. In my role as the Lead Expert for the EU URBACT project TOGETHER I oversaw and shaped the performance of the project. Through meetings, individual discussions and personal support I helped the officers from the cities to develop their Local Action Plans. These entailed at least two neighbourhood pilot actions. I advised on their content while ensuring that the initiatives from the eight cities corresponded to the overall project template.
D2 Assessment: 
1. 2 valid examples provided
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Based on discussions with participants and engagement in meetings I wrote reports on the policy lessons of 4 EU Equal programmes involving the city of Birmingham and 14 other cities in 9 different EU countries. The reports looked at innovative ways of overcoming disadvantage in the labour market. A total of five reports were written and published. I negotiated for the Frankfurt Christmas Market to be brought to Birmingham. I oversaw its development with the Frankfurt GMBH, German stallholders and local partners and the Licensing Authorities to enable the Market to be piloted and then to grow gradually over a number of years, ironing out a series of political, cultural and financial issues along the way. It has become the largest German Xmas market outside of Germany and Austria and is recognised within Birmingham as a major tourist attraction and success story. My article on Birmingham’s Frankfurt Xmas Market was published in the journal Local Economy Volume 25, No.1 in February 2010.
D3 Assessment: 
1. 2 valid examples provided
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
I presented the findings from the Local Action Plans of the 8 partners EU URBACT project entitled TOGETHER on the subject of citizen participation at Mulhouse in November 2012 to a conference of 300 people. My Power Point presentation drew on the work and plans that each of the cities had undertaken during the project. It generalised the best practice for a wider audience of the project’s work and achievements on promoting citizen engagement in the eight different partner cities. For Equal I presented a concluding report entitled ‘Lisbon: Connecting Policy with Practice, the Policy Recommendations from the 4 EQUAL Development Partnerships’ to a conference in Brussels. The report brought together more than thirty policy recommendations under the policy themes of Outreach; Connecting with the most Excluded; Maximise Capabilities and Capacities; Utilise Information and Communication Technologies to Address Labour Market Disadvantage; Encourage Women into Business; Challenge the Barriers to Women; Work with Employers and develop corporate social responsibility; Manage Labour Flows within the European Single Market; Role of Support Frameworks and Networks.
D4 Assessment: 
1. 1 valid example provided
Summary Thematic expertise: 
For over thirty years I have been engaged in local economic development in Coventry, Birmingham and within Europe. I have extensive experience in local economic development with a range of different public, private and voluntary organisations and European networks and institutions. I have worked extensively at grass-roots level and within city and regional authorities alongside related policy work for the European Commission, the Committee of the Regions, the Council of Europe, Eurocities and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions. The various roles that I have fulfilled and continue to play illustrates the breadth of experience and knowledge that I bring to various aspects of local economic development, alongside the demonstrable competence and the confidence of my colleagues within these institutions.
Assessment: 
No inconsistencies with CV

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 : 
Describe the projects in which you have been involved, your role in designing and delivering participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local policies. Provide examples of tools and methods used in the project.
E.2. Knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies: 
Describe the projects in which you have been involved, your role in designing and applying monitoring tools for integrated and sustainable urban policies .Provide examples of monitoring tools used in the project.
E.3. Awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level: 
Explain how do you keep up to date about sustainable urban development policies, trends and funds.
E.4. Ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities: 
Describe the projects in which you have been involved, your role in adapting tools and content at local level.

Informations

Residence location:
United Kingdom
Languages:
English - Mother tongue
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Email:
j.bloomfield@bham.ac.uk

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