Press Releases

New research highlights power of local engagement to increase Covid-19 vaccine take-up

19 November 2021

A new UK-US collaborative study examining vaccine engagement highlights the importance of tapping into local knowledge and leadership in efforts to improve Covid-19 vaccine take-up. The research, ‘Understanding vaccine hesitancy through communities of place’, was funded by the British Academy, the Social Science Research Council, and the UK’s Science and Innovation Network in the USA, and delivered by The Young Foundation’s Institute for Community Studies and the... Find out more

A new kind of activism is taking hold’: first ever Climate Challenge Cup winners announced at COP26 showcase

11 November 2021

On Wednesday night [6-9pm, 10 November 2021] two innovative projects took home the first Climate Challenge Cup, following an innovation showcase and live final at COP26 in Glasgow. The international competition, supported by the Department of Business, Industrial Strategy and Science, uncovered civic research partnerships in the US and UK that are tackling climate change. The final is a fitting... Find out more

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

4 November 2021

As global leaders convene at the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, a new poll from The Young Foundation’s Institute for Community Studies 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.  Nearly as many (59%) say they are not confident the UK will achieve the target at all. “Public engagement is crucial if we are... Find out more

From net-zero concrete to ‘citizen scientists’: innovative projects tackling climate change 

19 October 2021

A new international competition, run by The Young Foundation in the UK and by Metrolab Network in the US, today announces its shortlist of twelve partnership teams. The Climate Challenge Cup competition celebrates innovative projects tackling climate change. The winners will be announced at a showcase and live final at COP26, the United Nations Climate Change conference in Glasgow. The Young Foundation’s CEO,... Find out more

New Civic Strength Index to help London build back better

6 October 2021

A new Civic Strength Index launches today. Co-designed and co-created by Londoners, the Index aims to help boroughs and organisations in England’s capital city support discussions about the strengths of their communities and consider how to build on them, following the Covid-19 pandemic.  Developed by The Young Foundation and funded by the Greater London Authority (GLA), the Index shows that levels of ‘civic strength’ – meaning how communities are supported to build strong relationships and engage... Find out more

New Youth-Led Peer Research Network to focus on young people’s experiences

29 September 2021

Up to 60 young people across England are set to lead and conduct research into the experiences and priorities of their peers.  The new Youth-Led Peer Research Network is now open to applicants across England, and will bring young people with diverse backgrounds and experiences together. The researchers will speak to 300 16- to 20-year-olds, documenting their ideas... Find out more

New research to understand vulnerabilities of poorest families and communities on the road to net zero  

28 September 2021

Research led by the Institute for Community Studies and funded by the Nuffield Foundation seeks to ensure no one is left behind by transition to a carbon-neutral society   Landmark project will build a framework for understanding and responding to the how UK’s transition to net zero will affect the poorest families and communities    Household, social, and economic shifts are needed if the UK... Find out more

Government’s levelling up plans risk repeating the failures of the last 20 years, finds new report

7 July 2021

New report from The Institute for Community Studies reveals that 20 years of local economic interventions have consistently failed to address the inequalities across the UK’s most deprived communities. Report finds that over £50 billion investment has contributed to 0% average change in the most deprived local authority areas. Reveals stark lack of involvement of... Find out more