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Research Digest: ‘Knowledge is NOT power’

Blog 30 June 2022

Over coffee last month with Professor Rebecca Madgin, Director of the AHRC’s Place-Based Research Programme, I was introduced to the concept of ‘felt experience’. I had been talking about the mysterious way that successful community businesses taking over pubs, shops, libraries

New research programme explores the role of ‘social infrastructure’ in levelling up

News 25 May 2022

A collaborative project, funded by the British Academy and Power to Change, and led by the Institute for Community Studies and the Bennett Institute for Public Policy.

Research Digest: Enough of the ‘grands projects’

Blog 24 May 2022

Hang around the ‘community development scene’ for more than a few years and you’ll probably develop a weary resignation about the endless cycling and recycling of well-meant policy interventions. I last saw this at the recent Local Trust levelling up conference

People shaping places, places shaping people: Community asset ownership

Blog 16 May 2022

Catch up on this roundtable that brought together policymakers, community business leaders, researchers and sector experts to explore how asset ownership encourages communities to become more effective stewards in their places.

Research digest: ‘Lessons in navigation’

Blog 29 March 2022

Nearly a quarter of a century after Google introduced the world to the joys of online searching (and the dangers of the filter bubble), user experience is all – and as we add ever more material to the Institute for

Research digest: ‘Variety is the spice of life’

Blog 25 February 2022

Good news! If you’re looking for a break from endless critiques of the government’s Levelling Up White Paper, you’ve come to the right place. This series of research digests is all about taking the longer view and making sense of

Exploring marginalisation with ‘compassion and empathy’

Blog 25 February 2022

In an ambitious project, undergraduate students from the faculties of Arts and Humanities and Social Science and Public Policy at Kings College London, were partnered with community researchers to identify issues of marginalisation or exclusion in their local areas. Funded by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the

Levelling Up White Paper pledges ‘huge shift of power’ from Whitehall

News 3 February 2022

Our Associate Director welcomes “real weight given to wellbeing and pride in place”.

Research digest: ‘None of us is as smart as all of us’

Blog 25 January 2022

We at the Institute for Community Studies are an ambitious bunch. In the summer of 2021, we embarked on a project to collect in one place everything we know about what’s working in communities across the UK and beyond. Six

Two thirds of UK public believe communities will be ‘left behind’ as we tackle the climate crisis

News 4 November 2021

A new poll exploring public understanding of issues around climate change finds that almost two thirds of UK residents (64%) are not confident the government will achieve its net zero 2050 target without ‘leaving behind’ any parts of the country or local communities. “We want to develop a deep and

New research to ensure ‘just’ transition to net zero for poorest families and communities

News 29 September 2021

Funded by the Nuffield Foundation, this project seeks to level the playing field in a ‘carbon neutral’ society.

Continuity and Change: The role of volunteers in community businesses

Blog 23 September 2021

Community businesses help make places better in a real way. From saving local shops and creating leisure facilities to providing training opportunities for local people and helping to build affordable housing. Yet none of this would be possible without the

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