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.

Linking communities to historic environments

Principal Investigator: Dr Alex Hale (Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland)
2011

The project aimed to bring together experts and practitioners to share experiences from both ends of the engagement spectrum. On the one end of the spectrum you have the ‘experts’ from national and regional organisations and on the other, the community participants who want to get involved. The project was to bring together both parties in a workshop format. Read more

Rural connective

Principal Investigator: Professor Michael Wilson
From 2011 to 2012

Rural Connective gives attention to the increasing interest to the rural areas and their relation and access to the digital technologies especially in light of such programmes as roll out of superfast broadband in Cornwall. This initiative is specifically interested in growing and extracting cultural and creative capital in rural communities, and in critically investigating those processes. Read more

Homing In : Sensing, Sense-Making and Sustainable Place-Making (an arts and social sciences collaborative network)

Principal Investigator: Professor Karen Henwood (Cardiff University)
From 2013 to 2014

The major societal problems of our time require interconnected, collaborative efforts to creatively and imaginatively address the risks, instabilities, uncertainties and rapid pace of change in human-ecological relationships. Climate scientists warn of the effects of dangerous climate change. Social scientists and policy makers seek alternative strategies capable of promoting better science-public communications, community resilience and social sustainability. Read more

Representing Communities: Developing the creative power of people to improve health and well-being

Principal Investigator: Prof Gareth Williams
From 2013 to 2017

The aim of this project is to establish how community representations produced through creative arts practices (e.g. story-telling, performance, visual art) can be used as forms of evidence to inform health-related policy and service development. This study will develop methods for using creative art forms as a mode of communication and knowledge exchange. Read more

Philosophy of Religion and Religious Communities: Defining Beliefs and Symbols

Principal Investigator: Daniel Whistler (University of Liverpool)
2012

The project consists in a review of the contributions philosophy of religion can make to debates surrounding religious discrimination. The question ‘when is it acceptable to prohibit the use of religious symbols?’ has become an extremely pertinent one for communities of all faiths in the UK. Read more

Environmental Values: Linking people, places and environmental actions

Principal Investigator: Steve Cinderby
2014

Pro-environmental behaviour initiatives (PEBC) are aimed at encouraging individuals to ameliorate pollution and the drivers of climate change. Whilst it may be hoped that pro-environmental behaviour learnt and undertaken in one context (e.g. Read more

‘Connectors, not Communities, in Preventing and Responding to Violence and Disaffection; Marginalised Youth and Complexities of ‘Community’

Principal Investigator: Basia Spalek
From 2014 to 2015

A critical theme emerging from three scoping studies conducted as part of the Connected Communities programme is that, in relation to marginalised young people and their “connections and disconnections” with communities, key individuals [‘connectors’] working within and across multiple communities often play a significant role in mediating many of the critical issues facing their lives. Read more

Volunteer sport coaches as community assets

Principal Investigator: Dr Mark Griffiths (University of Birmingham)
2011

Community-based sport is an extensive social enterprise run, almost in its entirety, by volunteer sports coaches. A number of recent studies have suggested that participation in community sport has the potential to deliver a wide range of individual and social benefits. It is in this context that volunteer sports coaches might be viewed as valuable ‘community assets’. Read more

The Orkney and Shetland dialect corpus project scoping study

Principal Investigator: Dr Ragnhild Ljosland (University of the Highlands and Islands)
2012

This scoping study prepares for research on Orkney and Shetland dialect grammar, shedding light on the grammar of two dialects which are the products of a language contact situation (15th – 19th century). The study aims to develop a database (corpus) of naturally occurring dialect texts from Orkney and Shetland, which would be digitally searchable. Read more

Communities in Crisis

Principal Investigator: Paul Chatterton
2011

This research review was undertaken by a group of researchers in the Cities and Social Justice Research Cluster in the School of Geography at the University of Leeds. This research review summarises a six month desk review based on a proposal submitted and approved by the AHRC. Read more