Health & Well-being

The theme explores the importance of community connectedness for our health – physical, mental and emotional – and the contribution of community-based activities to improving our well-being.
 

Taverns, locals and street corners: cross-chronological studies in community drinking, regulation and public space

Principal Investigator: Dr Fabrizio Nevola (University of Bath)
From 2012 to 2013

This pilot study on tavern culture ranges from early modern Europe to the present day. It investigates whether today’s real and imagined patterns of drinking – people congregating in public spaces at night, sold alcohol and revelling – are recurring practices and representations of drinking and of competing communities. Read more

Dementia and imagination

Principal Investigator: Dr Gill Windle, Bangor University
From 2013 to 2016

The research explores how the vision for dementia supportive communities might benefit from creative activities. Read more

Community hacking

Principal Investigator: Chris Speed (Edinburgh)
From 2010 to 2011

Based in the Edinburgh suburb of Wester Hailes, the team of academics, community organisations and local activists have been exploring the affordances of social media to construct ‘bonds’ and ‘bridges’ between and across existing people and groups. Read more

Volunteer sport coaches as community assets

Principal Investigator: Dr Mark Griffiths (University of Birmingham)
2011

Community-based sport is an extensive social enterprise run, almost in its entirety, by volunteer sports coaches. A number of recent studies have suggested that participation in community sport has the potential to deliver a wide range of individual and social benefits. It is in this context that volunteer sports coaches might be viewed as valuable ‘community assets’. Read more

Participatory Arts and Well-being: Past and Present Practices

Principal Investigator: Dr Jane Milling
2011

This project aimed to examine diverse definitions of communal well-being and the complex ways in which participatory arts, past and present, have contributed to and sustained community well-being. We set out to study examples of best practice in content, process, outcome and impact, of historic and contemporary participatory arts activity. Read more

In Harmony Liverpool Research Network

Principal Investigator: Kerry Wilson, Liverpool John Moores University
From 2012 to 2013

The In Harmony Liverpool Research Network brought together an international community of interest to consider and debate the impact and value of the In Harmony Liverpool programme, led by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (RLP). Read more

Community web2.0: creative control through hacking

Principal Investigator: Dr Chris Speed (Edinburgh College of Art)
From 2010 to 2011

Community Hacking and its follow-on Ladders to the Cloud, are both part of a project that explores whether concepts emerging in relation to the Internet could usefully be applied to understandings of off-line contemporary relations and practices. Read more

Living Together: Re-Thinking Social Unity for a Multi-Faith Society

Principal Investigator: Dr Derek Edyvane, University of Leeds
2011

The ‘civic health’ discourse in contemporary politics presupposes an analogy between the lives of communities and the lives of individuals that is often overlooked. This report examines two prominent philosophical conceptions of the life of an individual – the ‘episodic’ and the ‘narrative’ – and considers what they can tell us about the lives of communities. Read more

Ways of knowing: Exploring the different registers, values and subjectivities of collaborative research

Principal Investigator: Helen Graham (University of Leeds)
From 2013 to 2014

We are experimentally exploring the different ‘ways of knowing’ which emerge from collaborative, participatory or action research. Our research team is made of people who have been recently involved in collaborative research but who use different techniques and who come from different contexts and/or disciplinary backgrounds. Read more

Connecting communities through food: the development of community supported agriculture in the UK

Principal Investigator: Professor Neil Ravenscroft
From 2010 to 2011

There is a convergence of the cultural and material worlds occurring in farming, driven by communities making connections between the production and consumption of food. This new civic agriculture is experienced in multiple ways, from small groups of allotment holders, to large groups owning substantial farming businesses and land. Read more