Citizen science, health research, and the fight against Covid-19

13 January 2023

Professor Tim Spector shares insights from the world’s biggest citizen science health project – the ZOE Health Study – which provided data in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Continuity and Change: The role of volunteers in community businesses

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

From tomato seeds in space to particles from comets

13 January 2023

Dr. Marc Kuchner, Chief Science Officer at NASA, reflects on his organisation’s extensive work using citizen science approaches.

Hive Minds: Funding a more participatory future for citizen science

13 January 2023

This panel discussion reflects on the findings of a review of UKRI’s Citizen Science Exploration Grant-funded projects, and explores ways to support participatory research approaches. 

Life within easy reach

22 March 2023

A webinar hosted by the TCPA, sharing insights from Waltham Forest Council and The Young Foundation, exploring the ’15-Minute Neighbourhood’ concept. 

Peer research: sharing what works

13 July 2022

Our Head of Research, Zoe Dibb, shares insights and key learnings from our Peer Research Network with the Social Research Association (SRA).

People shaping places, places shaping people: Community asset ownership

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.

Perspectives from the field of citizen science

13 January 2023

How is citizen science being used, what’s the view on the ground, and what does it take to share good practice and scale up?

Re-building trust for the COVID decade

26 March 2021

Public trust in national government has declined over the last year, amid a perceived mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic across the UK. Britons have instead looked to experts and local leaders for information and advice about the virus, with trust

Research on youth volunteering discussed on the Third Sector podcast

27 September 2022

Emily Morrison discusses new research from Institute for Community Studies on the Third Sector podcast.

Talking transitions: the road to net zero

22 September 2022

This short film hears from members of the public, to gain a greater understanding of their concerns, and find out just how much – or how little – people understand about the challenge we face on the road to net zero.

The UpSwing: The Young Foundation in conversation with Robert D. Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett

12 March 2021

You can now watch The Young Foundation and The Institute for Community Studies’s event with the ‘poet laureate of civil society’ Robert D. Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett.

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