Connected Communities Programme Update February 2012. Gary Grubb, Associate Director of Programmes, AHRC G.Grubb@AHRC.ac.uk www.connectedcommunities.ac.uk. Connected Communities Programme: Connecting Research for Flourishing Communities Evolving Programme Vision.
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Gary Grubb, Associate Director of Programmes, AHRC
To mobilise the potential for increasingly inter-connected, culturally diverse, communities to enhance participation, prosperity, sustainability, health & well-being by better connecting research, stakeholders and communities.
Evolving approach but see communities as:
“dynamic processes through which groups come together, through choice or necessity, to share some common bonds or values or to co-operate and interact over a sustained period of time in pursuit of a collective need or interest in particular issues or outcomes. Communities may be real or imagined, may share a virtual or physical environment and/or may share aspects of identity (such as location, race, ethnicity, age, history, practice), culture, belief or other common bonds, connections or interests but may also transform over time, be culturally diverse and involve significant dissent and conflict”.
Currently, in terms of the research:
Currently, in terms of how the programme will add value:
Some fundamental cross-cutting questions & issues:
What are communities for in modern societies? How have community values & identities changed over time? How do they contribute to quality of life? What do flourishing communities look like? What can we learn from history & different cultures?
Changing connections within and between communities. Inter-relationships, identities, rituals, narratives and networks. Ties to traditions, institutions & places. Trans-national communities.
Understanding communities as dynamic & complex processes and cultural systems
Factors shaping changing communities – interfaces between technological, environmental, social, cultural & economic factors
Religions – Beliefs – History - Custom – Ritual – Narrative - Tradition – Law – Experience - Heritage - Values – Attachment – Belonging – Feelings – Emotions - Ideas – Purpose & Meaning – Ethics – Protest – Symbolism – Iconography – Representation - Fashion – Design - Culture – Consumption - Music – Performance – Migration – Identities – Diaspora – Archives – Writing – Beauty – Aesthetics – Art – Creativity - Critique
Programme Themes & Activities Perspectives
Understanding Changing Community Cultures and Histories & Patterns of Connectivity within & between Communities
Research Reviews & 2011 Summit
Community values, participation,
self-reliance and resilience
ESRC/ AHRC joint call 2011
Community health and well-being
Workshop & Follow-up 2011
Community creativity prosperity & regeneration
Creative economy workshop 2010 - 3 large Grants start 2012
Sustainable community environments, places and spaces
Workshop & Follow-up early summer 2012
Community cultures, diversity, cohesion, exclusion & conflict
Potential workshop in 2013
Connecting Research on Communities
Summits 2010, 2011 & 2012
Connecting Research with Communities & other Organisations, Stimulating Research Partnerships and Enhanced Harvesting of Research for Impact
Partnership Activities & Summits – Community inspired projects focus for 2012 Summit
Examples of pilot demonstrator projects: Perspectives1. Taverns, locals and street corners: cross-chronological studies in community drinking, regulation and public space
Partners include: Arts Council England, Unity Radio, Sampad South Asian Arts, DCMS, Birmingham & Manchester City Councils, RSA, Inst of Contemporary Arts, Brighter Sound...
Partners include: NESTA, The Glass-House (Design), Ofcom, Talk about Local, Knowle West Media Centre, South-Blessed, Moseley Community Development Trust)
End Cultural Values