Neighbouring in Contemporary Britain

Publication Type: Publication

Authors: Alessandra Buonfino, Paul Hilder

In recent decades increased mobility, longer life expectancy and the breakdown of the extended family have changed the way we live our lives, and the extent to which we are able to be ‘neighbourly’.

This think-piece reviews the way people interact with their neighbours (neighbouring) in contemporary Britain and questions whether we still need good neighbouring relationships (neighbourliness) to improve our wellbeing and our happiness. It explores what we know about neighbouring and identifies issues for further research.

Written in 2006 and updated in August 2010.

Download a full pdf version of the report.

Local Wellbeing: Can We Measure It?


The concept and language of wellbeing was first introduced at the local level through the Local Government Act 2000. The ... Find out more

Good Neighbours


The 2006 white paper Strong and Prosperous Communities outlined central government’s commitment to localism and commu ... Find out more