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.

Time of the clock and time of the encounter

Principal Investigator: Dr Johan Siebers (University of Central Lancashire)
From 2012 to 2013

This project investigates the difference between the time of the clock and the lived time of experience. We live in a world dominated by the time of the clock, yet many aspects of life have a different rhythm and temporality. The time of community, especially, is very often more complex and differentiated that standardised clock time. Read more

Community Hacking and other projects

Principal Investigator: Prof. Chris Speed

Community Hacking covers a series of three small AHRC Connected Communities grants that has involved working closely with partners and residents across Wester Hailes in Edinburgh. The three projects (Community web2.0:Creative Control through Hacking, Ladders to the Cloud, and Communities within spaces of flows) explore the design and development of physical and virtual networks. Read more

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

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

Tailored trades: clothes, labour and professional communities (1880-1939)

Principal Investigator: Dr Vike Plock (University of Exeter)
From 2012 to 2014

The Industrial Revolution fundamentally changed the commercial, professional and social landscape of the modern world. While factory and clerical workers, sales assistants, parlour maids, trade unionists and other members of a newly established workforce faced changing working environments, a radical transformation of clothes paralleled this revolution in trades and industries. New vocations required new vestments. Read more

Scaling up co-design research and practice

Principal Investigator: Dr Theodore Zamenopoulos (The Open University)
From 2013 to 2014

Community Partners: The Glass-House Community Led Design; Blackwood Foundation; Fossbox; Flossie; Silent Cities; Voluntary Action Westminster; Hannah Goraya The project focuses on organisations that support communities through creative co-design activities (including media, technology, product design and place-making). Read more

Bridging the gap between academic rigour and community relevance: Fresh insights from American pragmatism

Principal Investigator: Professor Mihaela Kelemen (Keele University)
2011

The project aims to exchange ideas across collaborating projects and their respective community partners about the type of knowledge that communities find useful. For example, is it the content/substance or the format/packaging of knowledge that matters most to them? Read more

How should decisions about heritage be made?

Principal Investigator: Helen Graham (University of Leeds)
From 2013 to 2014

In early 2013 the project spent four months working together to explore the issues raised by decision making about heritage and then designed a research project. In our Phase 2 research (beginning in July 2013) the project will to root our bigger concerns with democracy and heritage in specific places and contexts by mapping who makes decisions, when and where. Read more

Places for all? A multimedia investigation of citizenship, work and belonging in a fast changing provincial city

Principal Investigator: Professor Ben Rogaly (University of Sussex)
From 2011 to 2013

With residents of Peterborough as its focus, Places for All? explores the multiple and diverse place attachments and work and migration histories of people of all ethnic backgrounds, from people born in the city to those who arrived very recently. Read more

Building resilience through collaborative community arts practice: a scoping study with disabled young people and those facing mental health complexity

Principal Investigator: Hannah Macpherson (University of Brighton)
2012

This study involved delivery of a program of weekly resilience-building arts workshops for young people with complex needs, and a literature review. We found a significant existing evidence-base linking visual arts practice to individual and community resilience across a number of disciplinary fields including art therapy, social work, community health, cultural policy and geographies of health. Read more