The Story of Urban Commons Research Collective begun in 2018 with a series of conversations at Sheffield School of Architecture amongst researcher/educator/practitioners working with/on/for urban commons. The collective gathered and mapped resources on urban commons resulting in a database informed by members' situated practices, including their companions and allies. This situated approach manifested itself as a non-extractive and reflective research practice while limiting the territorial focus of research to the extended network of the collective that is based in European contexts and linked to their collective field of action. The conversations were loosely structured and deliberately included an expansive range of in-person and online formats: small-group meetings, public lectures and workshops, roundtables, writing retreats, and conference presentations. As a result of these conversations the collective has published the Urban Commons Handbook and are working on the Urban Commons Archive.
UCRC is composed of staff and doctoral researchers at Sheffield School of Architecture together with other academics associated with this group via previous roles and ongoing collaborations.