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Durham University

Department of Geography

News Archive

JRF - Identity and Attachment to Place

(16 September 2005)

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation invites proposals for research on identity and attachment to place. Research should focus on the impact of social change and in particular, the impact of people's varying identities, attachments and belonging on the future of deprived areas. The organisation is interested in whether people's attachments to place help or hinder both their progress and the future of deprived places.

The focus should be on the understanding the interplay between identity, mobility and attachment to places. Potential areas for investigation include:

•exploring what creates people's attachment to place and a sense of belonging;

•exploring the key networks for people that take them beyond their home domain;

•examining the mobility of disadvantaged communities.

A budget of £200,000 has been allocated for this programme. There are no preconceptions as to how many proposals will be supported within this sum. There is no indicative time frame for the work, although projects lasting longer than 24 months are rarely supported.