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.

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

Disability and Community: Dis/engagement, Dis/enfranchisement, Dis/parity and Dissent (the D4D project)

Principal Investigator: Martin Levinson

The project team brings together disabled and non disabled academics from a range of disciplines, with disabled artists, writers and performers, and with community partners (including Accentuate, Disability Arts Online, Shape and Disability Rights UK). The leadership of the project will be shared between two universities (Exeter and Bristol) and Accentuate, a disabled-led arts organisation. 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

Wonderland: the art of becoming human

Principal Investigator: Dr Amanda Ravetz
2016

Wonderland is an artistic research project by and for people in recovery from substance use disorder and/or mental health issues. It is part of a new, North West social movement, under the proactive slogan of Recoverism, allied to the arts, harnessing social change and emancipation by re-framing cultural identities around substance use disorder. Read more

Stress Points: Policy and Practice in the Japanese Furniture Industry

Principal Investigator: Sarah Teasley
2012

Stress Points’ examines the relationship between local communities, industrial policy and global economic, cultural and political forces, through an extended exploration of public sector initiatives for developing and strengthening local furniture industries in Japan, c. 1890-1960. Read more

Beyond the Campus: Connecting Knowledge and Creative Practice Communities Across Higher Education and the Creative Economy

Principal Investigator: Dr Roberta Comunian, King’s College London
From 2012 to 2015

The network aimed to create a platform for discussion between academics, practitioners, artists, cultural organisations, business development managers and other university directors, about knowledge connections and collaboration between universities and the creative and cultural sector. Read more

The Bench Project

Principal Investigator: Clare Rishbeth
From 2015 to 2016

The focus of ‘The Bench Project’ is on locations where people often ‘hang out’, the act of everyday sitting on a bench or low wall, near a takeaway, a park entrance or in an urban square. The research has explored the stories, memories and activities of people using these places and questions how they provide places for social interaction. Read more

Centre for Hidden Histories

Principal Investigator: Professor John Beckett (Department of History, University of Nottingham)
From 2014 to 2016

The Centre for Hidden Histories is one of five First World War engagement centres that have been established by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to investigate the First World War and support community groups in their efforts to research and commemorate the war. Read more