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Research – cities and urban design and planning

Urban Transformations Network Urban Transformations (UT) is an ESRC network, coordinated from the University of Oxford, showcasing research on cities. The UT portfolio represents over 80 research projects that engage with the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly urban world. The programme aims to address a wide range of stakeholders with a professional, public or political interest in cities, including members of the general public wishing to learn more about current academic debates on urban […]

Research – poverty

Fun, Food, Folk: The Centrestage approach to dignified food provision (2016-2017) Centrestage charity is backed by the Centrestage Music Theatre CIC. It uses food and the arts to engage people, help to improve their life chances and (re)build communities. This research report is focused on Centrestage’s distinct food provision programme in some of the most deprived areas of North and East Ayrshire. It describes how Centrestage achieves impact, empowers individuals and communities, and draws lessons to inform […]

Research – social justice

Co-production and social injustice (2018-19) Co-production implies a collaborative approach to public service reform, whereby service-users and citizens are regarded as equal partners in each stage of the process. Underpinned by a philosophy which values individuals, communities and the virtues of social capital and reciprocity; co-production contrasts starkly with traditional, service-led, top-down ways of public service reform whereby decisions are made exclusively by those in positions of power. Instead, it is an approach which endorses […]

The Preston model

Preston in Lancashire has managed to fight off the fallout of the financial crisis and austerity measures with a model of community wealth building that is relevant throughout the UK. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/14/poverty-was-entrenched-in-preston-so-we-became-more-self-sufficient https://www.centreforpublicimpact.org/case-study/the-preston-model-of-community-wealth-building-in-the-uk

The Secret Kitchen Cafe

The Secret Kitchen was initially set up in 2011 by Marsha Smith to serve locals (and beyond) with a cafe offering no fixed menu, but instead focused on making each meal a freshly cooked ‘special’ that was tasty, vegetarian and organic or locally sourced wherever possible. Last year the kitchen opened the Family Cafe and this innovative and unique latest project actually upcycles donated supermarket food surplus that might otherwise have been thrown away, into delicious […]