Methods & Theory

All projects are innovating with new ways of contributing academic and public expertise. This theme brings together the new theories and methods being developed.

Conference Presentations

  Bucks New University Talking Ideas festival January 2015   Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training (CREST) May 2015   Connected Communities Festival. University of East Anglia, July 2015   International Visual Methods 4, University of Brighton, September 2015.   Bucks New University. Using Assessment to enhance learning. Staff Development Conference, March 2016.   University of Foggia Seminar. Italy. Read more

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

Supporting discussion notes. The Ritual Year (LGBQTI Jewish Ritual Cycle)

The summaries contained within the link below outline the key moments in the Jewish ritual year, which commences with the Festival of Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year or ‘Head of the Year’) and moves through the annual cycle in conjunction with set ritual activities (which may take place either in the home or in Schul (Synagogue). 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

Activating the archive: rethinking the role of traditional archives for local activist projects

This article explores the way archival material has the potential to become a core component of activism, through an evaluation of an AHRC-funded collaborative research project on the histories and futures of local food in Liverpool. Read more

Community Connections

In June 2015 community partners in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh, and the Valuing Different Perspectives Project (University of Stirling) and ACCORD Project (Glasgow School of Art) organised the Community Connections festival fortnight, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council Connected Communities Distributed Festival. 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