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.

Collective Worship in Schools: An Evaluation of Law and Policy in the United Kingdom

Principal Investigator: Dr Alison Mawhnney Bangor University
From 2014 to 2015

The majority of schools in the UK are required by law to organise acts of collective worship (England, Northern Ireland, Wales) or religious observance (Scotland) for their pupils. Read more

Legacies of war 1914-18/2014-18

Principal Investigator: Professor Alison Fell (University of Leeds)
From 2012 to 2013

‘Legacies of War 1914-18/2014-18′ is a project at the University of Leeds run by a team of academics with research interests in the First World War and its multiple legacies. Read more

Evaluating the outcomes of cultural services: a mixed methods investigation

Principal Investigator: Mrs Briony Birdi, University of Sheffield
From 2012 to 2015

The project is a Collaborative Doctoral Award (2012-2015) being undertaken by Martin Simmons, based in the Information School at the University of Sheffield in collaboration with Derbyshire County Council Culture and Community Services department. The overall aim of the project is to increase understanding of how people in Derbyshire value culture and how these forms of value can be conceptualised. Read more

Temporal Connectivities: A scoping study of the available research on time and community

Principal Investigator: Dr Michelle Bastian
2011

Despite the complicated and wide-ranging role of temporality in some of the most pressing questions about social mechanisms of connectivity and belonging, the research on ‘time’ and ‘community’ has remained fragmented and underdeveloped. 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

Enfield exchange

Principal Investigator: Dr Tilly Blyth, National Museum of Science and Industry
From 2012 to 2013

One of the many objects in the Science Museum’s collections is a manual telephone switchboard from the Enfield telephone exchange. It was collected by the Science Museum in 1961, because it was the last of its kind to be taken out of service in the Greater London area. Read more

Heritage Legacies

Principal Investigator: Dr Jo Vergunst; University of Aberdeen
From 2014 to 2015

Heritage Legacies seeks to explore the legacies – the outcomes, benefits, and assets – created by heritage research funded by the AHRC’s Connected Communities programme. We are working with a range of Connected Communities projects to understand legacies and propose future directions for community–university partnerships in this field. Read more

Connectivity and conflict in periods of austerity: What do we know about the middle class political activism and its effects on public services?

Principal Investigator: Annette Hastings (Glasgow University)
2011

Our project was a scoping review of middle class community activism – research evidence of the taken-for-granted fact that the middle classes shout louder and get more. Our review identified four causal mechanisms that explain how and why the middle classes benefit disproportionately from the state as individuals and as community groups of activists. Read more

Gateways to the First World War

Principal Investigator: Professor Mark Connelly
From 2014 to 2016

Gateways to the First World War is one of five AHRC-funded public engagement centres established to bring together academics and members of the public in commemorating the centenary of the First World War. Read more

Building and Enriching Shared Heritages

Principal Investigator: Prof Roey Sweet, University of Leicester
From 2013 to 2014

‘Building and enriching shared heritages’ consolidated and built upon existing relationships between the University and the wider community by exchanging knowledge in the skills needed to conduct historical research. Read more