Academic-publication

The Connected Communities Projects have produced a wide variety of resources from reports to films. Many of these resources are available through the links on this page. Individual project websites are also a great place to look for resources and further information - you can access them through our Project Pages.

Exploring Personal Communities: A Review of Volunteering Processes

The aim of the review is to explore the personal community through the lens of volunteering in order to shed light on the ways in which individuals experience and adjust to one another within and across communities. Read more

Connected Communities: Building Resilience through Community Arts Practice

This scoping study has involved the delivery of weekly resilience-building arts workshops for young people and a review of associated ‘arts for resilience’ literature. Read more

Community-based Participatory Research: Ethical Challenges

This paper outlines the findings of a scoping study examining ethical issues in community-based participatory research. Read more

Power in Community: A Research and Social Action Scoping Review

This Scoping Review explores the academic debate on power and talks with communities about power. At a time when the state is proposing to “disengage” from society and hand “power” to communities, it reviews power in communities. Read more

Connectivity and conflict in periods of austerity: what do we know about middle class political activism and its effects on public services?

This paper presents the results of a realist synthesis of academic research from the UK, US and Scandinavia since 1980. It shows that there is indeed evidence of middle class advantage in relation to public services. Read more

Connecting Localism and Community Empowerment

The Connecting Localism and Community Empowerment project sought to assess the merits of the assumption that localisms brings about community empowerment through a review of the existing academic and policy literatures. Read more

Conceptualising community as a social fix, argument and persuasion in health, housing and local governance

Our review describes the shape of; and tensions within; the contestations existing around ʺcommunity” as a ʺfix” for complex social problems in the UK since the 1960s. Read more

Linking Communities to Historic Environments: A research review summary

The Linking Communities to Historic Environments (LCHE) research review assessed the broad range of projects and approaches that state-related organisations and civil society heritage bodies apply to engaging people with the historic environment. Read more

Urban communities in early modern Europe (1400-1700): A Research Review

This literature review identifies current approaches to ideas and practices of “community” in European urban history between 1400 and 1700, and suggests where there is potential for new lines of enquiry. Read more

Orkney and Shetland Dialect Corpus Scoping Study

The main objective of the research is to undertake a scoping study and research review with a view to developing a larger corpus-based project on Orkney and Shetland dialect grammar. Read more