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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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