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The centre for urban and community research introduction imogen slater claire levy

The Centre for Urban and Community Research: IntroductionImogen Slater & Claire Levy


The centre for urban and community research introduction imogen slater claire levy

CUCR: A community of researchers

  • Established in 1994

  • Interdisciplinary research centre within the Sociology Department

  • Early evaluation of local urban regeneration (DCC report 1996)

  • Today: From New Cross to New York, and UK to Europe, Asia and Africa.

  • Core expertise ranging from visual sociology, action research, participatory practice to creative methodologies


The centre for urban and community research introduction imogen slater claire levy

Who we are and what we bring

  • 5* Sociology department

  • Strong track record in research and evaluation

  • EU, national, regional, city wide and local evaluative research

  • Experience of evaluating European projects including ECP

  • Experience in working with partnerships

  • Focus on programmes and interventions that target disadvantaged groups


The centre for urban and community research introduction imogen slater claire levy

http://www.gold.ac.uk/cucr


The centre for urban and community research introduction imogen slater claire levy

Examples of CUCR Projectsof Arts and Culture at CUCR

  • Beyond the Numbers Game (Hi8us)

  • Skills Exchange (Serpentine)

  • Street Training & Creative Families (South London Gallery)

  • Signs of the City (EU Culture Programme)

  • Sci:dentity (Wellcome Trust)

  • Capital People Programme (NHS)

  • Positive Futures (Home Office)

  • Create London Case Study and internships (Create)


The centre for urban and community research introduction imogen slater claire levy

Our Approach

  • Creative

    • Interdisciplinary

    • Creative methods – including visual methods

    • Qualitative and quantitative

  • Ethical

    • Ethical methods

    • Participatory, reflexive, praxis-oriented

    • From ivory tower to grassroots

    • Making a difference

  • The Craft of Research

    • Building an evaluative culture: embedding reflection in practice

    • Working closely with partners and participants, ensuring research is robust, useful and of high quality


The centre for urban and community research introduction imogen slater claire levy

Context

  • Demographic change in Europe –The number of people over 85 will triple by 2050. More over 65s

  • 2006 Riga Declaration on Digital Inclusion

  • 2007 European Commission launched the 2010 e-inclusion initiative

  • 2007 EC communication ‘Ageing well in the information society’

  • The Digital Agenda For Europe (2010) target for 2015 is for 60% of disadvantaged people having regular internet use

  • EU – 8 Key Competencies for Lifelong Learning includes Digital Competence

  • 2012 EU Year of Active Aging and Solidarity between the generations


The centre for urban and community research introduction imogen slater claire levy

Findings and Outcomes from ECP

  • Delivery

  • The model

  • Beyond reminiscence

    Overall the Digitales method was seen

    to have a number of clear,

    Interlinked benefits:

  • Engaging older people in ICT and developing their skills – increasing digital inclusion

  • Socialising and sharing – reducing isolation

  • Recording stories which collectively document personal, social and cultural histories, thereby promoting intercultural and intergenerational dialogue.


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