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.
 

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

Crowd- and Community-Fuelled Archaeological Research

Principal Investigator: Andrew Bevan
From 2013 to 2014

This project develops a web platform called MicroPasts where full-time academic researchers, volunteer archaeological and historical societies and other interested members of the public can collaborate together. It is a place where enthusiasts of any background can not only create high-quality research data together about our human history, but also collaboratively design and fund entirely new research projects. Read more

Participation’s “Others”: A Cartography of Creative Listening Practices

Principal Investigator: Julian Brigstocke
From 2014 to 2015

This project asks how participatory research might be extended to become better able to ‘listen’ to voices that do not fall within the boundaries of the traditional individual human subject, such as past and future generations, non-human life, radically decentred minds, and objects and technologies. Read more

Starting from Values – Evaluating Intangible Legacies

Principal Investigator: Prof. Marie Harder, University of Brighton
From 2014 to 2015

The project brings together partners from the University of Brighton and two Connected Communities project: The Authority Research Network and Scaling-Up Co-Design. Read more

Creative communities, 1750-1830

Principal Investigator: Dr David Higgins (University of Leeds)
From 2013 to 2014

Focusing on historical case studies, this research network will examine how connections between members of a community, and between different communities, can enhance creativity. At the same time, it will subject those key terms to rigorous investigation. 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

Community? What do you mean? An investigation into how differing understandings of the term ‘community’ shapes care leavers’ move to independence

Principal Investigator: Dr Sarah Goldingay; University of Exeter
2012

We explored the ways in which a performance-led approach to community formation and personal development can inform care-leavers’ move to independence. Using a case study approach, working with two groups of participants: young people leaving care and their support workers in Devon County Council’s Children in Care team (DCCCCS). Read more

Localism and connected neighbourhood planning

Principal Investigator: Phil Jones (University of Birmingham)
2012

The Localism Act, 2011 gives communities the power to set up a Neighbourhood Forum and produce a Neighbourhood Plan for development in their area. Those Forums have relatively little resource to undertake these complex planning exercises. Read more

Meanwhile use as performance: Securing social value from vacant space

Principal Investigator: Andy Dearden (Sheffield Hallam University)
From 2012 to 2013

’Meanwhile’ use of temporarily vacant spaces is applied by many organisations to access cheap space during the recession. This project explored how community-based organisations could make the most effective use of these opportunities. We brought together community development practitioners, community groups, landlords, local authority representatives and ‘meanwhile’ brokers to explore issues. Read more

Know Your Place

Principal Investigator: Professor Robert Bickers (University of Bristol)
2012

The University of Bristol, in partnership with Bristol City Council and a number of community groups, hosted a series of free public events about local community heritage. Each event allowed people to explore the local history and culture through the eyes of the community. Read more