Village greens and skateboard parks: the law of the land

Guy Osborn is Professor in Law at the University of Westminster.  Here, in the first of our Guest Blogs, he allows us to read a recent blog from his excellent site Dispatches from the Frontline of Law and Popular Culture, in which he thinks about Connected Communities from a legal / urban land use perspective. Thanks, Guy. Read more


AHRC Research Network on Community Music, meeting, Leeds

Some notes from this meeting held in Leeds yesterday (18 September …) A group of 14 academics, PhD students, and community musicians and organisers met in the third of four network meetings. HEIs represented include Leeds College of Music, Salford University, Sheffield University, UEA, Boston University, University of West of Scotland, RNCM, Goldsmiths. Read more


Knitting Together Arts and Social Change report

This will be of interest to many within Connected Communities, as an example of some cognate activity elsewhere. The RSA’s Action and Research Centre has produced this report of a creative partnership project called Arts and Social  Change in Peterborough. Read more


Thinking With Jazz II symposium, Lancaster Jazz Festival, 20 September

George: I’m very pleased to say I’m involved in this event, at the Dukes Theatre, Lancaster. I’m talking in an afternoon session with John Cumming of the London Jazz Festival (with which we have future plans), doing a taster about the eccentric history of the jazz festival in Britain, with pictures. Here is some information about the day. Read more


Collaborative Skills Development Call

Connected Communities award holders may be interested in the AHRC Collaborative Skills Development call which closes on the 19th September. The AHRC’s Collaborative Skills Development call is aimed at supporting the development of innovative, collaborative training packages for PhD students and early career researchers in the arts and humanities. Read more


2014 Summit – Hold the date

The Connected Communities Summit/Showcase will be in the week commencing June 30th, venue t.b.c Hold the date for what will be a great few days sharing research, insights and practice around Connected Communities Themes. Read more


Reflections on the 2013 Summit

I’m writing this post on the way home from the Connected Communities Summit – head full from three days of rich conversations, challenging questions, good memories and ideas for the future. Some of the highlights for me were: … seeing a boat , a participatory pavilion and a cabinet of curiosities take shape in the exhibition halls. Read more


Second Connected Communities Showcase, Edinburgh 4 July 2013, open invitation

Location: Edinburgh Conference Centre, Heriot Watt University ​Following our London event in March 2013, the second Connected Communities Programme showcase will take place on 4th July 2013 at Edinburgh Conference Centre at Heriot Watt University. Read more


What’s ‘The Future’ got to do with community?

 Some reflections on Connected Communities and UNESCO’s Uknowlabs programme. ‘The future’ and concepts related to ‘time’ are emerging as important themes in the work of the Connected Communities Programme. Read more


Call for Participants – What can co-produced research achieve for social justice?

The Connected Communities Programme will be hosting a research symposium in November 2013 to examine the question: What can co-produced research accomplish for social justice? The symposium is intended to provide an opportunity for creative and critical reflection for those engaged in co-produced research associated with the Connected Communities programme. Read more