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.
 

Ritual Reconstructed: Challenges to Disconnection, Division and Exclusion in the Jewish LGBTQI Community

Principal Investigator: Dr Margaret Greenfields
From 2014 to 2015

This collaborative project, led by Bucks New University and undertaken in partnership with Liberal Judaism/Rainbow Jews; the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University and the University of Portsmouth consists of an exploration of the interplay between faith identity and sexual orientation as mediating or disrupting factors for London and South-East England based Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Read more

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

Imagining the place of home

Principal Investigator: Professor Bridget Bennett (University of Leeds)
2012

What role does the imagination have to play in conceiving of relationships between home and communities? Does home continue to have a vibrant future as a place into which citizens can project themselves and shape imagined lives within just and fair societies? Read more

Valuing Different Perspectives

Principal Investigator: Dr Peter Matthews
2014

This project will run both a community-led and academic-led evaluation of project legacy from two previous Connected Communities projects – Community Hacking 2.0 and Ladders to the Cloud. At the heart of this proposal are complex issues of power, knowledge and methodology. Within this complexity are simple binaries that can be presented as poles: positivist-interpretivist; academic-community; participatory-external; quantitative-qualitative. Read more

Temporal belongings

Principal Investigator: Dr Michelle Bastian (University of Manchester)
2011

In everyday life, time most often appears in the form of the clock – abstract, seemingly objective, a ‘natural’ fact of life. However, as anthropologists and sociologists have long noted, time is not a neutral container for social life, but a source of values, concepts and logics that are used to negotiate the complexity of social life. Read more

Valuing community-led design

Principal Investigator: Dr Aikaterini Alexiou (Open University)
From 2012 to 2013

The ideas and practice of community-led design, participatory design or co-design have a long-standing tradition, especially in the context of urban design, planning and architecture . Read more

Homing In : Sensing, Sense-Making and Sustainable Place-Making (an arts and social sciences collaborative network)

Principal Investigator: Professor Karen Henwood (Cardiff University)
From 2013 to 2014

The major societal problems of our time require interconnected, collaborative efforts to creatively and imaginatively address the risks, instabilities, uncertainties and rapid pace of change in human-ecological relationships. Climate scientists warn of the effects of dangerous climate change. Social scientists and policy makers seek alternative strategies capable of promoting better science-public communications, community resilience and social sustainability. Read more