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.
 

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

Leapfrog – trans­form­ing pub­lic sec­tor con­sul­ta­tion by design

Principal Investigator: Dr Leon Cruickshank, Lancaster University
From 2015 to 2017

The Leapfrog project will be a close col­lab­o­ra­tion with pub­lic sec­tor and com­mu­nity part­ners to design and eval­u­ate new creative approaches to consultation. 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

Philosophy and religious practices

Principal Investigator: Daniel Whistler (University of Liverpool)

This is a network organised by the University of Liverpool, Chesterand Liverpool Hope University, in partnership with local religious organisations, which aims to reconnect philosophers of religion with religious practitioners and so to make the work of philosophers of religion far more relevant to other contemporary research on religion by making the work of philosophers of religion far more relevant 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