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.
 

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

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

Understanding everyday participation – articulating cultural values

Principal Investigator: Dr Andrew Miles (University of Manchester)
2011

This project proposes a radical re-evaluation of the relationship between participation and cultural value. We are used to thinking about the benefits of the arts as a traditional way of understanding culture and its value but what about the meanings and stakes people attach to their hobbies and pastimes? Read more

Creating cultural citizenship? Understanding the impact of participatory arts on community health and wellbeing

Principal Investigator: Professor Norma Daykin (University of the West of England)
2012

This research development project emerged from the 2011 workshop ‘Communities, Cultures, Health and Well- Being’. It is focused on arts and health, an emergent field that encompasses diverse art forms, genres and settings. The starting point for the study was the need to develop understanding of practice excellence in this interdisciplinary field. Read more

Preserving Place: A Cultural Mapping Exercise

Principal Investigator: Dr Karen Smyth, University of East Anglia
From 2014 to 2015

The project evaluates processes involved in community choice, use and attitude towards place. What places are community groups interested in preserving? What places do they use to preserve their stories? This project is interested in the narratives behind these choices. Read more

Crowd-sourcing Scoping Study

Principal Investigator: Dr Mark Hedges
2012

This project sought to establish a credible definition for, and the current state of the art of, crowd-sourcing in the humanities. Read more