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.

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

Castleford Heritage Project

Principal Investigator: Professor David Waddington, Sheffield Hallam University
2012

Sheffield Hallam University worked alongside the charitable Castleford Heritage Trust with the intention of helping loval groups to develop bids to the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable them to investigate and portray key aspects of their local culture and heritage. Read more

Bridging Environmental Values

Principal Investigator: Steve Cinderby
From 2013 to 2014

Our project looked at: What behaviour that benefits the environment means to people? How they defined it?… and How their environmental actions differed between the places they went and within the groups they mixed with? Read more

Mental Health and Learning Disabilities: Heritage and Stigma

Principal Investigator: Dr Rob Ellis (University of Huddersfield)
From 2013 to 2014

The Heritage and Stigma project is based at the University of Huddersfield and is designed to link academic understanding of the histories of mental ill health and learning disability with areas of current practice. Read more

Leapfrog – trans­form­ing pub­lic sec­tor con­sul­ta­tion by design

Principal Investigator: Dr Leon Cruickshank, Lancaster University
From 2015 to 2017

The Leapfrog project will be a close col­lab­o­ra­tion with pub­lic sec­tor and com­mu­nity part­ners to design and eval­u­ate new creative approaches to consultation. Read more

Digital Building Heritage: Phase III

Principal Investigator: Dr Douglas Cawthorne
From 2014 to 2015

Community heritage and archaeology projects are often focused on ‘doing’, on the processes of archaeology and the collection of data, but often with limited attention paid to the wider interpretation and then dissemination of their results to varied audiences within their communities and beyond. Read more

Translation across borders: exploring the use, relevance and impact of academic research in the policy process

Principal Investigator: Stephen Connelly
From 2014 to 2015

The usefulness of academic research to policy making requires academic outputs to be easily taken up by policy makers. Yet mutual frustration persists. Academics often believe their evidence-based findings are ignored, while policy makers often feel that academic outputs are too abstract and/or complex to help in solving their problems. Read more

The involvement of children and young people in research within the criminal justice area

Principal Investigator: Ms Jill Clark (Newcastle University)

This review focuses on the evidence of participation of children and young people (CYP) in, and with, criminal justice research. The review has identified the current position of CYP in research into the criminal justice system in the UK, and suggested a model of justification for involving them. Read more