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.

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

Ritual Reconstructed: Challenges to Disconnection, Division and Exclusion in the Jewish LGBTQI Community

Principal Investigator: Dr Margaret Greenfields
From 2014 to 2015

This collaborative project, led by Bucks New University and undertaken in partnership with Liberal Judaism/Rainbow Jews; the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University and the University of Portsmouth consists of an exploration of the interplay between faith identity and sexual orientation as mediating or disrupting factors for London and South-East England based Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Read more

Reframing state-citizen relationships in a time of austerity

Principal Investigator: Professor Joe Painter (Durham University)
From 2012 to 2013

This project examines how the different policy stances of the Scottish and UK public sectors are being rolled out in a time of austerity. It will identify and examine the mechanisms through which the role of the state is being changed in light of the ‘Big Society’ and ‘Localism’ agenda in England and the Community Empowerment Bill in Scotland. Read more

Careau and Ely rediscovering heritage project

Principal Investigator: Dr David Wyatt (Cardiff University)
From 2012 to 2013

Archaeologists from Cardiff University have teamed up with Ely and Caerau Communities First, local residents and the local schools to start the Caerau And Ely Rediscovering (CAER) Heritage Project, based in West Cardiff. Read more