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.

ICT use and connectivity of minority communities in Wales

This project has aimed to gain an understanding of the impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on changing cultures and patterns of connectivity within and between minority communities and the potential of multifaceted digital divides in constraining or shaping these forms of connectivity. Read more

Connectivity, place and elective belonging: community and later life

This paper presents preliminary findings and a summary addressing community, connectivity and later life. Two key theme areas were addressed; “Social networks and later life” and “The impact of Information and communication technologies (ICT) on community and older people”. Read more

Public participation as a process of de-politicization

This study focused on writings on the notion of “postpolitics” and on the argument that public participation has become no more than a strategy of de-politicization. Read more

Concepts and meanings of community in the social sciences

This project undertook to produce a conceptual review, linking theoretical underpinnings with the usage of the concepts of community in empirical research and describing the manner in which these conceptualisations appear in government and non-government sector policies and practices. Read more

Connecting Local Communities to the Nation

This scoping study addressed questions of how communities can voice their interests, be integrated into wider national policy systems and how they are, and should be, represented at the national level. Read more

A review of theories, concepts and interventions relating to community-level strengths and their impact on health and wellbeing

This paper draws on two reviews of the relationship between strong communities and health and well being. Read more

Living Together: The Temporal Dimension of Civic Health

This report examines two prominent philosophical conceptions of the life of an individual – the ‘episodic’ and the ‘narrative’ – and considers what they can tell us about the lives of communities. Read more

Conceptualising school-community relations in disadvantaged areas

Taking state-funded schools as an exemplar of public services, this study has explored the role of schools in relation to geographical communities which experience economic deprivation and associated disadvantages. Read more

Towards Co-Production in Research with Communities

This review takes a cross-cutting perspective, aiming to advance the theory and practice of coproduction in research with communities. Read more

The changing nature of ‘connectivity’ within and between communities

We examined conceptualisations of the kinds of connections which can form, tie and strengthen community – and, importantly, the significance of these for the kinds of communities constructed. Read more