Civil Society & Social Innovation

How can individuals and communities make their voices heard, what are the barriers to community empowerment and how can social innovation and wider participation be enhanced?
 

(R)agency?: The Creative Practises of Anger

Principal Investigator: Dr Helen Limon
From 2015 to 2016

(r)agency? The Creative Practices of Anger is a multi-disciplinary network, drawing together a team of early-career researchers, working in a number of different fields – both creative and critical – and a series of research activities and case studies that together form a research project on what the role and potentialities of anger might be in communities. Read more

Stress Points: Policy and Practice in the Japanese Furniture Industry

Principal Investigator: Sarah Teasley
2012

Stress Points’ examines the relationship between local communities, industrial policy and global economic, cultural and political forces, through an extended exploration of public sector initiatives for developing and strengthening local furniture industries in Japan, c. 1890-1960. Read more

Around the Toilet

Principal Investigator: Dr. Jen Slater (Sheffield Hallam University)
From 2015 to 2016

The toilet is often thought to be a mundane space, but for those who lack adequate or accessible toilet provision on a daily basis, toilets become a crucial practical issue which can create and reaffirm feelings of exclusion and regulation. Thinking around toilets and their function as material as well as socio-cultural environments presents an opportunity to consider forms of identity in multi-faceted ways. Read more

Researching in Public: Learning and Legacy in the Connected Communities Programme

Principal Investigator: Keri Facer
From 2013 to 2015

This longitudinal research project studies the Connected Communities Programme as a whole. It asks what we can learn from the programme about the implications of community-engaged and interdisciplinary research for participating researchers and collaborators, for the future of universities and for the production of knowledge. Read more

The Hospitality Project

Principal Investigator: Naomi Millner
From 2015 to 2016

The Hospitality Project is an arts-based research collaboration between three universities (Bristol, Manchester, Leeds) and three Bristol-based community partners (Dignity for Asylum-Seekers, the Bristol Hospitality Network, and Barton Hill Walled Garden Project). Read more

FLEX (Flexible Dwellings for Extended Living)

Principal Investigator: Prof Ann Light
From 2012 to 2013

The FLEX (Flexible Dwellings for Extended Living) project sought to address a challenge of 21st century wellbeing – an increasing older population that wants to age ‘at home’, facing the social isolation that accompanies the loss of traditional meeting places like pubs, pension queues, community centres and the High Street. Read more

GEM (Grown, Edible, Meaningful)

Principal Investigator: Ann Light
From 2013 to 2014

The GEM project invited people to grow edible plants together to inspire reflection on environmental issues across cultures and faiths. Our team of researchers and community organisations wanted to know what different meanings growing food holds across different communities and to learn if this affects feelings towards the environment, ecological issues and other people. Read more

Reinventing Learning Cities

Principal Investigator: Keri Facer
From 2016 to 2017

The Reinventing Learning Cities research project explores the multiple ways in which cities learn through social, material and digital processes. Based at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, it constitutes part of the AHRC Connected Communities Programme.   This project asks what methodologies we can deploy to reimagine and make visible the different learning processes in the city. Read more

Beyond the Campus: Connecting Knowledge and Creative Practice Communities Across Higher Education and the Creative Economy

Principal Investigator: Dr Roberta Comunian, King’s College London
From 2012 to 2015

The network aimed to create a platform for discussion between academics, practitioners, artists, cultural organisations, business development managers and other university directors, about knowledge connections and collaboration between universities and the creative and cultural sector. Read more

Places for all? A multimedia investigation of citizenship, work and belonging in a fast changing provincial city

Principal Investigator: Professor Ben Rogaly (University of Sussex)
From 2011 to 2013

With residents of Peterborough as its focus, Places for All? explores the multiple and diverse place attachments and work and migration histories of people of all ethnic backgrounds, from people born in the city to those who arrived very recently. Read more