Professor Anthony Hollander
As scientists, we're sometimes viewed as another species. I'm on a bit of a mission to break down that stereotype by showing that I'm a human being.
In this new project, beginning in April 2013, we will be connecting communities in Bristol and South Wales to co-produce new forms of engagement in decision-making across politics, policy and the arts.
Community engagement needs radical re-design. All too often decision-makers think that ‘community engagement’ means inviting communities to comment on decisions that have already been made. This leaves isolated and excluded communities feeling even more disempowered. This new and exciting programme of research asks:
The Productive Margins: Regulation for Engagement research programme is a collaboration between research teams in the University of Bristol and Cardiff University with expertise in law, arts, humanities and the social sciences, and community organisations and social enterprises in Bristol and post-industrial South Wales.
We have three main themes:
We will set up the Productive Communities Research Forum where academics and communities will come together to determine the research agenda and design research that arises from everyday life rather than the interests of powerful institutions of university researchers.
Through a website and other social media we will create spaces where ideas about community needs and different ways of engaging can be discussed, explored and acted upon.
Through community-based festivals we will share our ideas with a wider audience of communities, policy makers and businesses.
Please contact the Productive Margins Research Team
Productive Margins is supported by:
Images from top: Daniel Oliver Photography, Dave Pratt, Janice Lane, Sally Ryde