All Projects

There are over 280 individual Connected Communities projects. Further information can be found below where you can access pages for each project. We have grouped the projects around themed clusters to help with navigation or use the text box to search for key words.

FLEX (Flexible Dwellings for Extended Living)

Principal Investigator: Prof Ann Light
From 2012 to 2013

The FLEX (Flexible Dwellings for Extended Living) project sought to address a challenge of 21st century wellbeing – an increasing older population that wants to age ‘at home’, facing the social isolation that accompanies the loss of traditional meeting places like pubs, pension queues, community centres and the High Street. Read more.

Lost Spaces

Principal Investigator: Dr Dai O’Brien (York St John University)
From 2015 to 2016

This project aims to explore the consequences of lost community spaces for the Deaf community in Bristol.  Recently, the Deaf community have lost the Centre for the Deaf, which was the  centre of the community for many years, and the Centre for Deaf Studies in the University of Bristol, which was the birthplace of Dr Paddy Ladd’s Deafhood theory and Read more.

GEM (Grown, Edible, Meaningful)

Principal Investigator: Ann Light
From 2013 to 2014

The GEM project invited people to grow edible plants together to inspire reflection on environmental issues across cultures and faiths. Our team of researchers and community organisations wanted to know what different meanings growing food holds across different communities and to learn if this affects feelings towards the environment, ecological issues and other people. Read more.

Researching in Public: Learning and Legacy in the Connected Communities Programme

Principal Investigator: Keri Facer
From 2013 to 2015

This longitudinal research project studies the Connected Communities Programme as a whole. It asks what we can learn from the programme about the implications of community-engaged and interdisciplinary research for participating researchers and collaborators, for the future of universities and for the production of knowledge. Read more.

(R)agency?: The Creative Practises of Anger

Principal Investigator: Dr Helen Limon
From 2015 to 2016

(r)agency? The Creative Practices of Anger is a multi-disciplinary network, drawing together a team of early-career researchers, working in a number of different fields – both creative and critical – and a series of research activities and case studies that together form a research project on what the role and potentialities of anger might be in communities. Read more.

Reinventing Learning Cities

Principal Investigator: Keri Facer
From 2016 to 2017

The Reinventing Learning Cities research project explores the multiple ways in which cities learn through social, material and digital processes. Based at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, it constitutes part of the AHRC Connected Communities Programme.   This project asks what methodologies we can deploy to reimagine and make visible the different learning processes in the city. Read more.

Fields of Green: Addressing Sustainability and Climate Change through Music Festival Communities

Principal Investigator: Matt Brennan (University of Edinburgh)
From 2015 to 2016

Fields of Green is an AHRC funded research project exploring the sustainability of Scotland’s music festivals through the eyes of artists, audiences and festival organisers. In his opening remarks at the September 2014 United Nations Climate Change Summit in New York, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated unequivocally: “climate change is the defining issue of our time. Read more.

Common Cause: Understanding and enabling collaborations between BME communities and universities to create better research in the Arts and Humanities

Principal Investigator: Keri Facer
From 2016 to 2018

The quality of the knowledge base of the Arts and Humanities – its claim to inform and reflect the historic and contemporary world – is dependent upon its capacity to reflect the breadth and diversity of human experience. In the UK, however, BME groups are under-represented in research-intensive universities and in research leadership roles in these fields. Read more.

Making Suburban Faith: design, material culture and popular creativity

Principal Investigator: Dr. Claire Dwyer, Prof. David Gilbert

This project explores the ways in which suburban faith communities create space focusing on architectures, material cultures, rituals, music and performance. The project is based in Ealing in West London and focuses on eight different faith community case studies selected to represent different faith and migration traditions. Read more.

Creative Citizens

Principal Investigator: Ian Hargreaves
From 2011 to 2015

Media, Community and the Creative Citizens explores the many different ways in which social media and other, older media forms help citizens to generate value for their communities.  We take case studies from three areas of creative citizenship – community journalism; community-led planning and design; and creative networks. Read more.