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.

Tackling ethical issues and dilemmas in community-based participatory research: a practical resource

Principal Investigator: Professor Sarah Jane Banks (Durham University)
2012

This project brought together community partners and academics from four previous Connected Communities projects to work on developing ethical guidelines for community-based participatory research (CBPR). After two rounds of consultation, a guide was developed and published by the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement in November 2012. Read more

The social world of Nottingham’s historic green spaces: A community history project

Principal Investigator: Professor John Beckett, University of Nottingham
From 2013 to 2014

Working with Friends Groups, Local History Groups and other volunteers, the project is investigating the development of Nottingham’s Arboretum, Forest Recreation Ground, Church and General Cemeteries, several public walks and other green spaces created following the 1845 Enclosure Act. 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

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

Temporal belongings

Principal Investigator: Dr Michelle Bastian (University of Manchester)
2011

In everyday life, time most often appears in the form of the clock – abstract, seemingly objective, a ‘natural’ fact of life. However, as anthropologists and sociologists have long noted, time is not a neutral container for social life, but a source of values, concepts and logics that are used to negotiate the complexity of social life. 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 and religious practices

Principal Investigator: Daniel Whistler (University of Liverpool)

This is a network organised by the University of Liverpool, Chesterand Liverpool Hope University, in partnership with local religious organisations, which aims to reconnect philosophers of religion with religious practitioners and so to make the work of philosophers of religion far more relevant to other contemporary research on religion by making the work of philosophers of religion far more relevant Read more

Valuing community-led design

Principal Investigator: Dr Aikaterini Alexiou (Open University)
From 2012 to 2013

The ideas and practice of community-led design, participatory design or co-design have a long-standing tradition, especially in the context of urban design, planning and architecture . Read more

Year of Shakespeare

Principal Investigator: Dr Erin Sullivan (University of Birmingham)
2012

Year of Shakespeare is an innovative digital project documenting the 2012 World Shakespeare Festival, the biggest intercultural Shakespeare festival the world has ever seen. 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