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?

Making sense of assets: Community asset mapping and related approaches for cultivating capacities

This working paper critically reviews some main aspects from asset based approaches highlights key strengths and weaknesses for future research/development. Read more

A Hive of Actions

Every city, neighbourhood, place, has the potential to be improved and regenerated. Regenerating places involves funding decisions, public provision, democratic processes, communication and deliberation. Improving cities involves competing interests, creative opposition and alternative propositions. Building conditions for alternatives means addressing civic rights and resources, unearthing dreams, skills and talents for creativity, participation and solidarity. Read more

Hydrocitizenship Case Study Websites

These four websites form case studies of the Hydrocitizenship project and provide an array of information and resources about the work of the project on a local level. Read more

Starting from Values: Evaluating Intangible Legacies of Connected Communities Projects

We set out to explore the following question: ‘what difference have Connected Communities projects made: what are their legacies?’ Community-engaged research tends to be evaluated in research terms. This does not reflect the broader legacies for all partners and participants. ‘Starting from values’ re-sets the balance and provides a mechanism for understanding and valuing different perspectives. Read more

Performing Abergavenny: creating a connected community beyond divisions of class, locality and history

How can we use the arts and humanities to support community cohesion in Abergavenny? This was the question that a group of Abergavenny citizens and the researchers asked. This project was jointly designed, created and produced by researchers and townspeople in partnership with town and county councils and a number of community groups. Read more

Community as micro-sociality and the new localism agenda

The project explored the making of community through small everyday acts of communication and the sharing of affect or feeling. Read more

Producing Historical Abergavenny: The Cultural Value and role of Social Media in promoting Historical Awareness in one Town

This project emerged from the performing Abergavenny Project and was an investigation into the reasons behind the phenomenal success of the Facebook page Forgotten Abergavenny. The project sort to understand the personal experience and cultural value attached to the use of the Facebook page Forgotten Abergavenny. Read more

Utopias, Futures and Temporalities Conference: Images

This two-day interdisciplinary symposium brought together researchers, Civil Society Organisations, NGOs and other groups concerned with questions of social and environmental change, humanitarian challenges, and community empowerment and participation, with philosophers, artists, historians, theorists, social scientists and other disciplines concerned with questions of temporality, futures and utopias. Read more

Utopias, Futures and Temporalities Conference: Abstracts

This two-day interdisciplinary symposium brought together researchers, Civil Society Organisations, NGOs and other groups concerned with questions of social and environmental change, humanitarian challenges, and community empowerment and participation, with philosophers, artists, historians, theorists, social scientists and other disciplines concerned with questions of temporality, futures and utopias. Read more

Connected Communities and IROs: A Critical Reflection

This workshop was convened to provide critical reflection on the role of independent research organisations within the Connected Communities programme. This event brought together staff from IROs, project participants and other interested parties to share experiences of working within the programme, to promote more intensive involvement and to exchange ideas on the scheme’s future and legacy. Read more