In the latest blog post, Historic England’s Graham Saunders writes about a new campaign to keep heritage at the heart of London’s future, and how you can help shape this vision with your views. Read More
Top: Everton Park and landmark wildflowers. (Mark McNulty)
Bottom: Nature Still Draws a Crowd: Jamie Reid (Suburban Press Archive)
There is a huge pride in Northern communities which, since the decline of manufacturing, mining and shipbuilding and the rural labour force, manifests itself in different ways. Read More
We are all part of a project called ‘Taking Yourselves Seriously: Artistic Approaches to Social Cohesion’. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, through their Connected Communities programme, it draws on initial research on what artists do in communities to explore the potential of the arts for working to support social cohesion. Read More
Intuitively, we all believe that the places we live in, the people we live around, affect our wellbeing. Backing up this intuition with evidence proves a lot harder than you might think. Currently, there are huge gaps in the evidence base about what impact different place-based housing interventions have on our lives. Read More
The Where We Live Now project has highlighted the importance of place in people’s lives and life-chances, and explored whether policy making would improve if it was designed to focus more on places and less on sectors such as education / health / transport, and so on.
There is, however, one area of policy making that is already entirely place-focused, and that’s planning. Read More
The Where We Live Now project has been busy over the summer: holding roundtable discussions in Manchester, Truro and Cardiff to discuss place-based solutions to productivity challenges. Now that the final roundtable looking at London is on the horizon later this month, we thought you might want a flavour of what has been discussed so far. Read More
Claire McGrath discusses the progress of economic development policies at the regional and local level in the UK, and how place-based approaches can lead to more equal, bottom-up development that builds social capital, as well as economic growth.
Place based approaches have the potential to revolutionise the way in which policy is delivered by achieving higher impact outcomes often at a lower budget. The importance of place in informing the way in which policy can be most effectively implemented has relevance throughout the diverse policy landscape, but perhaps is most relevant, and has the highest potential impact, in creating and sustaining economic development and building the capacity of civil society. Read More
In January 2016 the British Academy and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science jointly convened an international seminar that explored the impacts of urban spatial and demographic expansion on the economy, social cohesion and sustainability of cities, with a particular focus on the experience of the UK and Japan. The event aimed to showcase cutting-edge research on key urbanisation issues and promote the strengthening of academic links between the UK and Japan. In this blog post, Professor Paul Cheshire, who spoke at the seminar, shares his thoughts on city growth and productivity. Read More
Making sense of the place in which we live, is complex. It is certainly not simply about fixed, quantifiable, geographical parameters but it is multidimensional and feelings about a place, about its community and what is valued in that place, are highly significant [1,2,3]. Communities will comprise homogeneous and heterogeneous groups,  and so multiple meanings and values will likely be conveyed from amongst the community. Consequently the ability to capture the breadth and depth of local views is warranted and invariably, this will require a highly interdisciplinary approach to make sense of these views. Read More