Book Series


Connected Communities book series 


We are delighted to announce, with Policy Press, the first books in the series drawing on research from collaborative projects across the Connected Communities programme. The series is titled Creating a New Knowledge Landscape.

Bringing together interdisciplinary research, culture and creativity, and the expertise and insights of communities themselves, the series provides a focus for critical discussion of how we combine academic and public knowledge, and why we should.



Series Editors: Keri Facer, University of Bristol and George McKay, University of East Anglia.


The overarching aim of the series is to make a substantive contribution in three areas:

  1. to the theoretical and empirical understanding of the role of communities (in contrast to, for example, individuals, policy makers, ‘societies’) in addressing contemporary individual, societal and global concerns.
  2. to the theory and practice of interdisciplinarity – in particular, to the bringing together of arts, humanities and social sciences perspectives and methods.
  3. to the theory and practice of collaborative research with communities – in particular, to the use of interdisciplinary methods with communities who have previously often been excluded from formal research processes.

The series is strongly and reflexively interdisciplinary, and consequently draws on and contributes to a wide range of disciplines. ‘Core’ disciplinary areas include: cultural and social geography; participatory and community arts; design (social innovation); sociology; history; policy studies; economics (social innovation, asset-based development, creative industries); urban planning; community development; philosophy (studies of time in particular); new materialist studies; environmental studies; media and cultural studies; performing arts; representation (literature, film).

It is not necessary that books are tied too closely tied to individual projects – as series editors we want to encourage proposals for books that address clearly defined issues, themes and areas that demonstrably move forward thinking in an area related to Connected Communities.  If it is a project book, it needs to be demonstrably more than, for example, a description of workpackages in the single project: authors and editors need to make the case for how their work will bring in new audiences and ideas, how it will address challenging issues and the contentious debates in the field of co-production and collaborative research.


You can download the full series rationale here.


Target audience

The key features of Connected Communities: Creating a New Knowledge Landscape publications are: theoretical rigour, novel empirical insights produced through methodological innovation, interdisciplinary, accessibly and engagingly communicating to a broad audience of interested readers.

The audience for the series is academic, policy, arts and civil society groups. The methodological innovations of the research are relevant in particular to those groups who are looking to build new relationships between ‘public’ and ‘policy’ groups, and to mobilising citizen and community participation in democratic decision-making. The substantive topics of the books are of interest to policy makers and civil society groups in areas ranging from local government, to health, to urban policy, as well as arts leaders and practitioners.

The practical contribution of the books draws on leading-edge community and participatory arts/media/performance to include a how-to element that will be attractive to practitioners. This is particularly important to enhance the innovative identity of the series. The theoretical contribution of the books includes their rigorous reflection on the nature of interdisciplinary and collaborative research for the substantive contributions to conceptions of ‘community’.


Submitting a proposal

The series particularly welcomes proposals that incorporate experimental forms of scholarship and publications that demonstrate innovative ways of connecting academic and public research.

A well-developed proposal should be approximately 5-8 pages (excluding CVs and any sample material) and cover the points detailed in these guidelines, preferably in the order presented. It is important that the proposal presents a convincing rationale for your publication. It should clearly outline the work’s objectives and explain the benefits and advantages it will provide to the intended audience, above and beyond what is currently available. The proposal is your opportunity to present your proposed publication to the publisher and readers, so please prepare the material carefully.

We advise that you use (where relevant) the following headings: Synopsis and aims, Background information, Content, Author information, Target audience, Competition, Typescript information, Timetable and Referees.


Full information regarding series proposal guidelines is here.


Publishing process

Your proposal will be read by the series editors and then by the appropriate subject editor at Policy Press who will discuss it with you before sending it for peer review, if appropriate. Once it has been sent for review we make every effort to collate the responses and feedback to you within 6-8 weeks of receiving your proposal. Policy Press are committed to working closely with their authors and to making publishing decisions as efficiently as possible so if there are any circumstances they should bear in mind from the point of view of timing, please do let them know.


Contact regarding proposals

If you would like to submit a proposal, or to discuss ideas, then please contact:
Keri Facer, University of Bristol ( or George McKay, University of East Anglia (



You can buy the Connected Communities book series from Policy Press or by following the links below:

After Urban Regeneration, Edited by Dave O’Brien and Peter Matthews

The Creative Citizen Unbound, Edited by Ian Hargreaves and John Hartley

Valuing Collaborative Research, Edited by Kate Pahl and Keri Facer


Published Books

After Urban Regeneration: Communities, Policy and Place

Edited by Dave O’Brien and Peter Matthews

After urban regenerationAfter Urban Regeneration is a comprehensive study of contemporary trends in urban policy and planning. Leading scholars come together to create a key contribution to the literature on gentrification, with a focus on the history and theory of community in urban policy. Engaging with debates as to how urban policy has changed, and continues to change, following the financial crash of 2008, the book provides an essential antidote to those who claim that culture and society can replicate the role of the state. Based on research from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Connected Communities programme and with a unique set of case studies drawing on artistic and cultural community work, the book will appeal to scholars and students in geography, urban studies, planning, sociology, law and art as well as policy makers and community workers.


“There is nothing like this on the market that examines the impact of localism on communities, and the diverse ways in which community groups are cultivating new knowledges and practices of self government.” Rob Imrie, Goldsmiths, University of London


The Creative Citizen Unbound: How Social Media and DIY Culture Contribute to Democracy, Communities and the Creative Economy

Edited by Ian Hargreaves and John Hartley

The Creative Citizen Unbound introduces the concept of ‘creative citizenship’ to explore the potential of civic-minded creative individuals in the era of social media and in the context of an expanding creative economy.
Drawing on the findings of a 30-month study of communities supported by the UK research funding councils, multidisciplinary contributors examine the value and nature of creative citizenship, not only in terms of its contribution to civic life and social capital but also to more contested notions of value, both economic and cultural.
This original book is beneficial to researchers and students across a range of disciplines including media and communication, political science, economics, planning and economic geography, and the creative and performing arts.


“An ambitious rethink of core concepts of communication and media studies and a close analysis of how digital networks and sharing cultures can add value and generate social and industrial benefit in a creative economy.” Terry Flew, Queensland University of Technology, Australia



Valuing Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research      

Edited by Keri Facer and Kate Pahl


Universities are increasingly being asked to take an active role as research collaborators with citizens, public bodies, and community organisations, which, it is claimed, makes them more accountable, creates better research outcomes, and enhances the knowledge base. Yet many of these research collaborators, as well as their funders and institutions, have not yet developed the methods to ‘account for’ collaborative research, or to help collaborators in challenging their assumptions about the quality of this work.

This book, part of the Connected Communities series, highlights the benefits of universities collaborating with outside bodies on research and addresses the key challenge of articulating the value of collaborative research in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Edited by two well respected academics, it includes voices and perspectives from researchers and practitioners in a wide range of disciplines. Together, they explore tensions in the evaluation and assessment of research in general, and the debates generated by collaborative research between universities and communities to enable greater understanding of collaborative research, and to provide a much-needed account of key theorists in the field of interdisciplinary collaborative research.


“An inspirational and practical guide for deepening our understanding of the immediate impact and long-term legacy of collaborative research—an important resource for students, academic researchers, and practitioners.” Mary Brydon-Miller, Teachers College, University of Cincinnati


Forthcoming Publications     


The Impact of Co-Production: From Community Engagement to Social Justice

Edited by Aksel Esroy

November 2017

More information will be available soon.


Re-Imagining Contested Communities: Connecting Rotherham Through Research

Edited by Kate Pahl, Elizabeth Pente, Zanib Rasool and Elizabeth Campbell

January 2018

The process of re-imagining comes to the fore in this book with a unique, contemporary and fresh look at contested communities through the lens of the northern English town of Rotherham; a town struggling to survive in terms of its image, profile and identity. This is a book about history, culture, feelings, methods and ideas that will help to articulate the lived meanings of political cultures in Britain today.


Creative Practice in the Resilience of Older People

Edited by Anna Goulding, Bruce Davenport and Andrew Newman 

September 2018

More information will be available soon.