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Centre for Citizenship and Community

Established in 2013 in partnership with the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and in collaboration with the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the London School of Economics, the Centre for Citizenship and Community is concerned with research approaches that are co-produced, and with building research evidence that emphasises the importance of working with community capacity and assets. It brings together UCLan academics and external expert associates passionate about tackling social injustice and enhancing the social connectedness and health of communities.

In a context shaped by the recent circumstances of the pandemic, the importance of human relationships and social value has emerged as fundamental in considering community and the dimensions of community connection. This involves a focus on empowerment and agency in the nurturing of cooperative citizenship in community. To provide for additional expertise and experience in this area the CCC has established close ties with the Centre of SME Development (Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise (LSBE)) enabling on-going research to be informed by existing links with the community wealth building project known as the Preston Model, and its development in bridging economic and social divides through forms of cooperation.


If you would like more information please contact:

Prof David Morris - Director Eden Building, Room ER309, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1 2HE 01772 895461 |

Dr Julie Ridley - Co-Director Eden Building, Room ER324, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1 2HE 01772 893402 |

Jez Buffin - Business Planning & Development Lead (Academic enquiries) Eden Building, Room ER317, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1 2HE 01772 895408 |


Connected Communities and Covid-19

  • CIE0121 - The impact of COVID-19 on education and children’s services Suzanne Wilson and David Morris 
  • The Community Connectors Response to Covid-19 Julie Ridley
  • Child Poverty: The impact of COVID-19 on families in West Cumbria Child Poverty Forum West Cumbria
  • A wasted opportunity to achieve a greener, connected community? Jez Buffin 
  • We Don’t Need No Education: Coronavirus and the Battle for Our Children’s Welfare Jez Buffin
  • A Slice of Normal - How one little note brought a street together in a time of lock down Dr. Sarah Shorrock
  • Action for Youth Citizenship - A moral imperative Suzanne Wilson
  • Viral Connectivity - research for a new politics of community Prof David Morris 
  • ESOL and Covid-19: Developing community capital in times of disconnection Grete Smith
  • In the same storm maybe, but not in the same boat - who will pay the price for recovery from Covid-19? Jez Buffin 
  • Coronavirus aftermath: How do communities recover from trauma? Suzanne Wilson 
  • Response to Parliamentary Select Committee on the impact of COVID-19 on Left behind white pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds: Call for Evidence  Suzanne Wilson


Making social housing social – by Steve Broome

"Over the last few years the Centre for Citizenship and Community has been working with social housing provider Orbit on how to build not just houses, but communities. I’ve been privileged to have worked with Orbit and Centre colleagues on this project, and ahead of a seminar on Active Citizenship, Belonging, and the Role of Housing Providers, this blog gives a summary of some aspects of the work"


Related articles

The Preston Model and Community Wealth Building

Preston City Council funded Dr Julian Manley and Professor Lynn Froggett to conduct research into how co-operative developments in Preston could help to increase local economic investment.

Wednesday 8 September 2021