Civil Society & Social Innovation

How can individuals and communities make their voices heard, what are the barriers to community empowerment and how can social innovation and wider participation be enhanced?

Collaborative Fiction Writing With Community Groups: A Practitioner Guide

This guide aims to provide some insight into the ways two projects have approached writing with community groups, and a starting-point for others who may want to engage in similar projects. One project, Life Chances, produced a co-written fictional novel, and the other project, Stories2Connect, produced 48 short stories. Read more

80by18 Final Report

The 80by18 Project aimed to open up the city of Bristol as a resource for young people and encourage participation in the public, civic and commercial lives of cities. The project resulted in a website with ’80 things to do in Bristol before you’re 18′ generated by young people themselves. Read more

Universities, Cities & Communities: Co-Creating Urban Living Report

How can cities engage with their their citizens to address longstanding issues and open up new possibilities?   This report brings together projects from the Connected Communities Programme and Urban Living Partnership, in order to address the question of urban engagement. Read more

Adventure Playground

Our community worker Patrick Meleady and artist Steve Pool are leading a research project that explores social cohesion, with a focus on the artist in residence. Steve will support the work of the playground and blog about the experience of residency. Read more

Imagining the Past and Future of Community Podcast

In this podcast from the Sociological Review our Digital Fellow Mark Carrigan speaks to Mick Carpenter and Ben Kyneswood about Imagine Hillfields, part of a national project looking at the ways society imagines its present and future. Read more

Evaluating the Legacy of Animative and Iterative Connected Communities Projects: reflections on methodological legacies

There is a growing interest in the idea that research impact matters and that as researchers we should seek to maximise the impact of our research wherever possible. Read more

Servicing Utopia: A Toolkit for Architects and Designers

Servicing Utopia is a digital toolkit which aims to support planners, architects and designers to critically and creatively rethink notions of access in relation to the toilet design process. Read more

Starting from Values: Introducing a Legacies Project

Booklet produced for the Starting from Values: Evaluating Intangible Legacies project. The publication presents a brief outline of the context for the Starting from Values project, the main case studies and some key learning and outcomes. Read more

Starting from Values: Evaluating Intangible Legacies

Browse the non-linear report from the Starting from Values: Evaluating Intangible Legacies project. Read more

Creating Living Knowledge Report

This research provides important lessons about how to fund, conduct and sustain high quality research collaborations between academics and civil society in the arts, humanities and social sciences. These lessons have important implications for the research community – in particular those involved in funding, policy making and universities. Read more