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.

The university of the village: universities connecting with rural communities

Principal Investigator: Professor Michael Wilson
From 2011 to 2012

This pilot project explored new modes of delivery, enhanced through Next Generation Access Broadband, and was interested to redraw the relationship between universities and rural communities and grant access to university outreach services for those communities. The project in St Agnes resulted in delivering a short film course to the participants who collaboratively made a film about their village. Read more

Taverns, locals and street corners: cross-chronological studies in community drinking, regulation and public space

Principal Investigator: Dr Fabrizio Nevola (University of Bath)
From 2012 to 2013

This pilot study on tavern culture ranges from early modern Europe to the present day. It investigates whether today’s real and imagined patterns of drinking – people congregating in public spaces at night, sold alcohol and revelling – are recurring practices and representations of drinking and of competing communities. Read more

Performing LGBT pride in Plymouth, 1950-2000

Principal Investigator: Professor Roberta Mock (University of Plymouth)
From 2011 to 2014

A collaborative doctorate, arising from a partnership between Plymouth University, Plymouth and West Devon Record Office (PWDRO) and local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender group, Plymouth Pride Forum. PhD student, Alan Butler, is considering how the LGBT communities of Plymouth have performed and signified their cultural identities during this period of change in both attitudes and legislation. Read more

Understanding the role of ICT use in connectivity of minority communities in Wales

Principal Investigator: Dr Panayiota Tsatsou
2011

Researchers from three universities in Wales with specialisms in media, geography and policy research came together to conduct a systematic review of evidence in the interdisciplinary area of communication technologies, and connectivity of minority communities. Considering the Welsh context this work has aimed to enhance existing understanding of the role of new technologies in connectivity and inclusion of minority groups. 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

Valuing Different Perspectives

Principal Investigator: Dr Peter Matthews
2014

This project will run both a community-led and academic-led evaluation of project legacy from two previous Connected Communities projects – Community Hacking 2.0 and Ladders to the Cloud. At the heart of this proposal are complex issues of power, knowledge and methodology. Within this complexity are simple binaries that can be presented as poles: positivist-interpretivist; academic-community; participatory-external; quantitative-qualitative. 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

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

New connectivities: civil society, the ‘third sector’ and dilemmas for socially and economically sustainable healthcare delivery

Principal Investigator: Dr Ming Lim (University of Leicester)
2011

A scoping review and activities on the changing nature of connectivity’ within and between local communities. The overall purpose is to gain an understanding of the impacts of changing connectivities upon service delivery under fast-changing institutional conditions of marketisation. Read more

Measuring big society

Principal Investigator: Professor Richard Mitchell (University of Glasgow)
From 2010 to 2011

Big Society is a core element of the coalition government’s policy and ideology. It is not easy to define, but in essence a Big Society is one in which citizens and communities take a vastly increased role in managing shaping and delivering public services and the social and physical infrastructure of society. Read more