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?
 

Exploring personal communities: A review of volunteering processes

Principal Investigator: Professor Mihaela Kelemen, Keele University
2012

Exploring Personal Communities: A Review of Volunteering Processes investigates the idea that personal communities contribute to the public good by offering ways to transcend commonplace dualisms such as public/private and individual/collective. Read more

Pararchive: Open Access Community Storytelling and the Digital Archive

Principal Investigator: Simon Popple (University of Leeds)
From 2013 to 2015

Pararchive aims to co-produce a new open digital resource that will allow anyone to search and collect on-line sources and combine them with their own media (film, photographs and other ephemera) to tell their own stories, make new archives, be creative, start new projects and do their own research. 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

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

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

Transmitting musical heritage

Principal Investigator: Dr Kate Pahl (University of Sheffield)
From 2013 to 2014

Music is a cultural product of society, a sonic reflection of ideologies and behaviours – a performative heritage. When musical sound is transferred from player-to-player, or player-to-audience, we question what of this cultural meta-data travels with it, and how. Read more

Diasporic film in communities: A scoping study of the relationship between screen culture, stakeholders and communities

Principal Investigator: Dr Sarita Malik, Brunel University
2012

The Diasporic Film in Communities project set out to critically examine the role of Diasporic film culture in Diasporic communities. A case study approach was used to explore how three postcolonial publics (African-Caribbean, Chinese and South Asian) mobilise around film, interface with cultural organisations and reflect on their significance as film communities. Read more