Projects: Participation

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.

AHRC/RSA Citizen Power in Peterborough collaborative research project: understanding the impacts of citizen participation in Peterborough

Principal Investigator: Dr Mark Roberts (De Montfort University)
From 2011 to 2013

The Citizen Power programme looks at how citizen power can and should shape civic and democratic renewal. Based on theoretical argument, action research and policy analysis, the programme aims to develop ideas and practical policy solutions for cultivating civic activism and reinvigorating decision-making in the UK. The programme feeds into the RSA’s broader work on pro-social behaviour and community empowerment. Read more

Imagine: Connecting Communities Through Research

Principal Investigator: Professor Kate Pahl (University of Sheffield)

The Imagine Project Working in partnership with local communities, we are exploring the social, historical, cultural and democratic context of civic engagement to imagine better futures and make them happen.   This five-year project, running from 2013 – 2017, brings together a range of different research projects working together across universities and communities. Read more

Participatory Arts and Well-being: Past and Present Practices

Principal Investigator: Dr Jane Milling
2011

This project aimed to examine diverse definitions of communal well-being and the complex ways in which participatory arts, past and present, have contributed to and sustained community well-being. We set out to study examples of best practice in content, process, outcome and impact, of historic and contemporary participatory arts activity. Read more

Dementia and imagination

Principal Investigator: Dr Gill Windle, Bangor University
From 2013 to 2016

The research explores how the vision for dementia supportive communities might benefit from creative activities. Read more

Creative participation

Principal Investigator: Antonia Layard (University of Birmingham)
From 2011 to 2012

Creative Participation was a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of its Connected Communities programme in 2011-12. The project explored how three ‘pioneer communities’ in Newcastle, Cumbria and Bristol use creativity to involve themselves in place-making and planning practices after initial struggles to have a voice in the process. Read more

How should decisions about heritage be made?: Co-designing a research project

Principal Investigator: Dr Helen Graham, University of Leeds
2014

‘How should decisions about heritage be made?’ is an unusual research project because, when we started, we didn’t exactly know what it was about! This is because a team of people from lots of different types of organisations, groups and communities worked together in early 2013 to work together to design the research questions and its methods. Read more

Authority, knowledge and performance in participatory practice

Principal Investigator: Claire Blencowe (University of Warwick)
2012

Collaborators – Stepping Out Theatre Company; Mad Hatters of Bath; Authority Research Network We used an initial literature survey and consultations with mental health performance groups to feed into a week-long residential workshop for eleven academics and community practitioners. Read more