Methods & Theory

All projects are innovating with new ways of contributing academic and public expertise. This theme brings together the new theories and methods being developed.
 

Scaling up co-design research and practice

Principal Investigator: Dr Theodore Zamenopoulos (The Open University)
From 2013 to 2014

Community Partners: The Glass-House Community Led Design; Blackwood Foundation; Fossbox; Flossie; Silent Cities; Voluntary Action Westminster; Hannah Goraya The project focuses on organisations that support communities through creative co-design activities (including media, technology, product design and place-making). Read more

Conceptualisations and meanings of “community”: the theory and operationalisation of a contested concept

Principal Investigator: Professor Graham Crow (University of Southampton)
2011

The project explored the many different ways that community relationships have been researched, focusing in particular on the range of research methods used by community researchers whose findings have been published since 2000. Read more

Translation across borders: exploring the use, relevance and impact of academic research in the policy process

Principal Investigator: Stephen Connelly
From 2014 to 2015

The usefulness of academic research to policy making requires academic outputs to be easily taken up by policy makers. Yet mutual frustration persists. Academics often believe their evidence-based findings are ignored, while policy makers often feel that academic outputs are too abstract and/or complex to help in solving their problems. Read more

Time of the clock and time of the encounter

Principal Investigator: Dr Johan Siebers (University of Central Lancashire)
From 2012 to 2013

This project investigates the difference between the time of the clock and the lived time of experience. We live in a world dominated by the time of the clock, yet many aspects of life have a different rhythm and temporality. The time of community, especially, is very often more complex and differentiated that standardised clock time. Read more

Temporal Belongings Research Network

Principal Investigator: Dr Michelle Bastian; University of Edinburgh
From 2012 to 2013

Despite time often being experienced as an objective and unchangeable force within which we live our lives, work across the social sciences and humanities argues that shared understandings of time intervene into social life, shaping social methods of inclusion and exclusion, understandings of how change happens and who can make change, as well as accounts of how the past and Read more

Philosophy of Religion and Religious Communities: Defining Beliefs and Symbols

Principal Investigator: Daniel Whistler (University of Liverpool)
2012

The project consists in a review of the contributions philosophy of religion can make to debates surrounding religious discrimination. The question ‘when is it acceptable to prohibit the use of religious symbols?’ has become an extremely pertinent one for communities of all faiths in the UK. Read more

Music Communities

Principal Investigator: Dr Siobhan McAndrew, University of Manchester
From 2012 to 2013

Social networks are critical for the creation and consumption of music. The ‘Music Communities’ programme investigated the core concepts and tools of social network analysis, and how they apply to the study of music. Read more

Measuring big society

Principal Investigator: Professor Richard Mitchell (University of Glasgow)
From 2010 to 2011

Big Society is a core element of the coalition government’s policy and ideology. It is not easy to define, but in essence a Big Society is one in which citizens and communities take a vastly increased role in managing shaping and delivering public services and the social and physical infrastructure of society. Read more

Unearth Hidden Assets through Community Co-design and Co-production

Principal Investigator: Dr Busayawan Lam, Brunel University
From 2013 to 2014

We believe that each community has many valuable assets, for example people and spaces. However, many assets may not be visible to the majority of community members. This collaborative project works with communities to uncover hidden assets and unlock their potential. Read more

Tackling ethical issues and dilemmas in community-based participatory research: a practical resource

Principal Investigator: Professor Sarah Jane Banks (Durham University)
2012

This project brought together community partners and academics from four previous Connected Communities projects to work on developing ethical guidelines for community-based participatory research (CBPR). After two rounds of consultation, a guide was developed and published by the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement in November 2012. Read more