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?
 

Foodscapes

Principal Investigator: Michael Buser, University of the West of England
2013

FOODSCAPES was an AHRC Connected Communities project that explored the use of art as a way of opening up discussion about food, food poverty and sustainable communities. Participants included Knowle West Media Centre, The Matthew Tree Project, the Edible Landscapes Movement, UWE Bristol, University of Southampton, the James Hutton Institute and Paul Hurley (artist-in-residence). Read more

Múin Béarla do na Leanbháin (Teach the Children English): Migration as a Prism for Viewing Ethnolinguistic Vitality in Northern Ireland

Principal Investigator: Professor Karen P. Corrigan
From 2014 to 2015

Research on language in Northern Ireland (NI) focuses on the varieties spoken by the major ethnicities. Their linguistic heritageshave been hotly disputed and scholarship reflects the socio-political conflict of ‘The Troubles’. The Peace Process has ensured greater protection for Irish and Ulster Scots and has also made NI more attractive, resulting in unprecedented immigration. Read more

Towards hydrocitizenship. Connecting communities with and through responses to interdependent, multiple water issues

Principal Investigator: Owain Jones Bath Spa University
From 2014

This 3 year project will investigate, and make creative contributions to, the ways in which citizens and communities live with each other and their environment in relation to water in a range of UK neighbourhoods. Read more

Creative communities in art & design since the 1960s: lessons for socio-economic regeneration in a globalized world

Principal Investigator: Professor Jonathan Harris (University of Southampton)
From 2012 to 2018

A seven year doctoral research programme bringing together Winchester School of Art and Tate Liverpool. Four PhD students are examining the creative art and design communities associated with and generated by pop culture in Britain and its many legacies since the 1960s. Read more

Co-Curate North East

Principal Investigator: Eric Cross, Newcastle University
From 2013 to 2015

Co-Curate NE responds to demand from schools and community groups within the North East to access and enhance knowledge from a broad range of museum collections and archives. Schools and community groups are often unable to access physical collections and archives because of distance or because demand for physical visits outstrips the capacity of the museum/archive. Read more

Productive Margins regulating for Engagement

Principal Investigator: Professor Morag McDermont
From 2013 to 2018

Community engagement needs radical re-design. All too often decision-making is top-down and decision makers do not adequately engage, deeming ‘community engagement’ a passive exercise. Communities are often only invited to comment on decisions which have already been made, leaving isolated and excluded communities feeling even more powerless, and adding to dislocation between politicians and the electorate. Read more

Stories of change: Exploring energy and community in the past, present and future

Principal Investigator: Dr Joe Smith
From 2014 to 2016

The Stories of Change project aims to help to revive stalled public and political conversations about energy by looking in a fresh way at its past, present and future. The project draws on history, literature, social and policy research and the arts to encourage a more imaginative approach to current and future energy choices. Read more

The Ethno-ornithology World Archive – EWA

Principal Investigator: Dr Andrew G. Gosler, University Research Lecturer in Ornithology & Conservation, Oxford University
From 2013 to 2015

Birds inspire people, their cultures, and their faiths, whilst also acting as important environmental indicators. Many people possess knowledge of birds that is rooted in a cultural, rather than in a scientific, context. This knowledge is largely undocumented, but is no less valid than scientific knowledge. Read more

Writing our history: Digging our past

Principal Investigator: Professor Elizabeth Harvey (University of Nottingham)
2012

Uncovering relics from the past or charting the heritage of a local community can be a painstaking and frustrating process for the amateur historian or archaeologist, often hampered by limited time and funding. Read more

Writing Our History and Digging Our Past: Phase 2

Principal Investigator: Dr Richard Gaunt (Nottingham University)
2013

In Phase 2 we are working with 14 groups and running a series of collaborative skills workshops ranging from recording oral testimony, using archives and preserving artefacts, to geophysical archaeological surveys. Read more