Productive Margins

white poster with text saying no to Tesco in Stokes Croft Bristol communities out in Portland Square, Bristol, as part of a University of Bristol event The community protests against the closure of Tower Colliery

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 exciting programme of research asks:

Further information

Go to the Productive Margins website for up to date information about this project.

Productive Margins website

Please contact the Productive Margins Research Team via or telephone +44 (0)117 954 6714.

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Productive Margins is supported by:
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Images from top: Daniel Oliver Photography, Dave Pratt, Janice Lane