The Connected Communities Professional Services Network – Why do we need it? What does it do?

Over the last year, I have been heavily involved in setting up network of professionals who support collaborative research. Slowly but surely, we have started to gather momentum and this year will hold our first skills workshop and networking event! Read more


Job opportunity: Research Associate (South Riverside Community Development Centre, 3Gs Development Trust, and Cardiff University)

Research Associate The role of community anchor organisations in regulating community influence and engagement in anti-poverty programmes (1 year fixed term F/T contract – £25,000)   The South Riverside Community Development Centre (SRCDC) currently works with people in the areas of Butetown, Riverside and Grangetown to deliver the Welsh Government’s flagship programme, Communities First. Read more


Last Call for Papers for Cities and Communities Conference

This summer, the AHRC Connected Communities Forum is coming to Watershed in Bristol on 12 & 13 July.   With just 10 days to go to till our Call for Papers closes, have you already submitted your proposals to give a talk, run a practical workshop or design your own experiential session? Read more


Photos from LitCom 1: A Conference on Literature and Communities

Photographs taken at LitCom 1: A Conference on Literature and Communities held at The Writers’ Centre Norwich, Dragon Hall on the 2nd and 3rd of March 2017. Read more


Leapfrog Summer School Call for Participation

Exploring Community Engagement for Research: Power, Impact, & Collaboration 11th – 13th July 2017 | Lancaster University   The Leapfrog Team invite Early Career Researchers (ECRs) involved in community engagement to participate in a Summer School from the 11th – 13th of July 2017 at Lancaster University. Read more


David Studdert and Valerie Walkerdine are pleased to announce three new outputs arising from our work on the Connected Communities programme.

Our new book: ‘Rethinking Community Research: Inter-relationality Communal Being and Commonality’. (Palgrave/Macmillan2016) “This book sheds new light on the complex inter-relations that make up class, power, local history and space. It turns community thinking on its head by understanding community not as an object but as a relational process with sociality at its core. Read more


Job and funding opportunities: Senior Research Associate and Studentship

University of East Anglia, Senior Research Associate. Participatory Arts and DIY Culture Project £32,004 to £38,183 per annum   Participatory Arts and DIY Culture is a 12-month project funded under the AHRC’s Connected Communities Programme. The Principal Investigator is Professor George McKay, AHRC Leadership Fellow for the Connected Communities Programme, and Professor of Media Studies at the UEA. Read more


Norwich Reggae Research Network symposium: Scoping the Field, report

The first Reggae Research Network symposium, entitled ‘Scoping the Field’, took place in Norwich on 24-25 January 2017. The network is being co-organised by the Connected Communities programme and the Translating Cultures theme. This report by George McKay was originally posted on the Reggae Research Network website. You can follow the network on Twitter @reggae_network. Read more


Registration for Litcom 1 now open!

Litcom 1: A Conference on Literature and Communities Norwich Writers’ Centre, Dragon Hall, King Street, Norwich     Thursday 2nd March 12.30pm – 5.30pm & Friday 3rd of March 9:30am – 5pm   Free Event (registration essential)   Keynote speakers Ava Chalkiadaki, Vice-Chair, Organisation of Culture, Sports and Youth, City of Athens; member of the Organising Committee, City of Athens Read more


Making Suburban Faith goes international. Spiritual Flavours @ Festival of Political Photography 2017, Finish Museum of Photography, Helsinki. February 4th – March 30th 2017

UCL PhD student Laura Cuch is one of the photographers exhibiting at the Festival of Political Photography 2017, in Helsinki. This year’s edition of the festival is titled ‘Post-Food’ and will show a range of visual work that focus on political, social and environmental dimensions of food. Read more