Partners: Bristol University & Cardiff University
Community engagement needs radical re-design. All too often decision-making is top-down and decision makers do not adequately engage, deeming ‘community engagement’ a passive exercise.
Communities are often only invited to comment on decisions which have already been made. Leaving isolated and excluded communities feeling even more powerless, adding to the dislocation between politicians and the electorate.
This programme of research asks:
What happens when diverse communities and academics come together to re-shape engagement and work creatively with ideas that run through society, law, history and art?
Can the findings of this research help release creativity, knowledge and the passions within parts of society often on the margins of decision-making and power, to co-produce new forms of engagement and decision-making?
Further information: www.productivemargins.ac.uk