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.

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

The Hospitality Project

Principal Investigator: Naomi Millner
From 2015 to 2016

The Hospitality Project is an arts-based research collaboration between three universities (Bristol, Manchester, Leeds) and three Bristol-based community partners (Dignity for Asylum-Seekers, the Bristol Hospitality Network, and Barton Hill Walled Garden Project). Read more

Voices of War and Peace

Principal Investigator: Ian Grosvenor

Voices of War and Peace: the Great War and its Legacy is a First World War Engagement Centre funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund. Read more

Connecting communities via culture-led regeneration – exploring incentive and momentum with UK city of culture 2013 shortlisted candidates

Principal Investigator: Mrs Kerry Wilson (Liverpool John Moores University)
From 2011 to 2012

The Cultural Cities Research Network was formed in March 2011 to discuss the impact of bidding for the UK City of Culture 2013 title. Network members included different individuals and communities involved with or interested in the bidding process from the three shortlisted cities of Birmingham, Norwich and Sheffield. Read more