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Durham University

Department of Sociology

Completed Projects

Imagine, The social, historical, cultural and democratic context of civic engagement: imagining different communities and making them happen

A research project of the Department of Sociology.


Professor Sarah Banks is part of a consortium which has just won a £2.2m combined ESRC/AHRC 'Connected Communities' bid. The five year Imagine project, which is led by Professor Graham Crow at the University of Edinburgh, will bring together researchers and community partners to engage in a series of enquiries into the ways in which disadvantaged communities imagine better futures in a harsh economic context.

The work package that is coordinated by Durham University focuses on historical dimensions of civic engagement – taking as its starting point the Community Development Project areas in the early 1970s in Benwell (Newcastle), N. Shields and Hillfields (Coventry).

Further details of the historial work package can be found here.


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