Weathering the storm: Investigating community responses to adversity


Coal mining, ship building, steel making and the production of ceramics are just some of the many industrial areas in the UK that have been affected by economic, political and social change in recent decades. The closure of a factory, coal mine or shipyard can, of course, devastate a whole community.

As part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Connected Communities Programme one project, Weathering the storm: How communities respond to adversity,  is discovering more about the stories and experiences of people who have faced such adversity.

The work aims to help different communities deal with similar challenges in the future.

The project makes use of the philosophy of American Pragmatism, that there should be no division between academic knowledge and practical experience.

Bridging the gap between academic rigour and community relevance: Fresh insights from American pragmatism, is a Connected Communities project funded by the AHRC led by Professor Mihaela Kelemen, Keele University.

Visit their AHRC page for more information and to watch a podcast about the project.