The next Northumbria Research Forum will take place on Monday 25th June 2012 in Room 012 (CCE1) NBS/School of Law at 10.30am. The Forum has been designed to provide a simple platform for staff to communicate their research to colleagues and to find out about cognate research that might be of interest. Presentations are expected to be informal and brief (maximum 10 minutes) and should be designed to inform a general audience about the research interests and activities of a colleague. Lunch and refreshments will be available. It is not necessary to attend the full Forum and you are welcome to join/leave the Forum as teaching and other commitments allow. Northumbria staff interested in attending should contact Simon Smith in Research and Business Services.
Theme: Connected Communities
This rubric has, of course, been the title of a programme of cross research council work coordinated by the AHRC. Their focus was “research to understand the changing nature of communities and community values, in their historical and cultural contexts and the role (positive and negative) of communities in sustaining and enhancing our quality of life. This enhanced understanding will also inform the development of more effective ways to support and catalyse community cultures and behaviours that contribute towards flourishing communities and addressing key economic and societal challenges”.
That seems pretty comprehensive – if not boundless – and for many social scientists would probably embrace the whole of their discipline! In this forum we want to draw in research from across the University which could address some of the following issues:
- How do communities function and organise themselves?
- What is the role of digital and so-called ‘social media’ in contributing to community life – economic, social or cultural?
- How might the physical design of communities, their architecture and environment, enhance their quality of life?
- What are the economic or commercial drivers that help communities function, connect with each other, or thrive?
- How can engineering or technology assist in the growth of connectedness within or between communities?
- How can sustainability and the future of the environment impact on or be affected by the development of communities?
- What part can heritage or art play in the forging of community identity and connectedness?
- Can the ‘creative economy’ play a role in the development of communities?
This will indicate just how broad a field is being suggested, and there is no intention that this Forum should be limited by the boundaries of the programme. If your research in any way addresses these or related themes it would certainly be of great interest.