The UEP project has undertaking research examining the effect of place and space on patterns of participation in libraries and leisure centres. The findings shed light on potential new ways to encourage public attendance.
Varina is the newest member of the UEP team. As one of our Research Associates, Varina will be undertaking various mapping work across the ecosystems.
Following several years at Dow Jones Newswires, I wanted to do something completely different and undertook a degree in archaeology at UCL. Over the four year course, I become increasingly interested methodologies and analytical techniques exploring the Continue reading →
Ruth Webber reflects on a film she made on participation and heritage in West Bowling
The film’s title, West Bowling Together, was inspired by sociologist Robert Putnam’s seminal book Bowling Alone (2001). Putnam describes declining ‘social capital’ in the United States since the 1950s, and proposes the importance of civic participation and social interaction for developing and maintaining community. Continue reading →
Jill Ebrey talks everyday participation and the British weekend on BBC’s Thinking Allowed
This programme, first broadcast in 2010, introduces the weekend as a subject for debate. Featuring Jill Ebrey and Richard Reeves (Director of the think tank Demos), it traces a history of the weekend from its origins in the nineteenth century Saturday half-day holiday, through a high point in the second half of the twentieth century to its possible demise in the deregulated twenty first century. Based around Jill’s research with supermarket workers in Salford, it considers how everyday participation in the social and collective life of the weekend is constrained by working on Saturdays and Sundays. Continue reading →
Ruth Webberinvites you to follow her journey into understanding everyday participation in Glasgow by way of her new blog
Govanhill Community Baths – where I met with Jim, who told me about the 13 year long struggle to regain community ownership following its closure in 2001. It has now been opened again for 2 and a half years. He showed me around this majestic (and cold!) building and talked to me about plans, projects, including a vision to eventually have community allotments in the cubicles under the huge glass roof, where people would be able to grow and eat their own food
Jill Ebrey reflects on her journey in North East Scotland
In May 2014, with two suitcases, I boarded a train in Manchester bound for my new home in Aberdeen for two months. Through ethnographic work, I was hoping to learn the kinds of things that go on in Peterculter (also known as Culter), a village on the edge of the city. Continue reading →
Delyth Edwards offers some reflections on her time spent in a Cheetham Hill charity shop
At the CRESC 2014 conference I presented a paper on the ethnography I carried out as a volunteer in a charity shop in Cheetham Hill, North Manchester. The subject of the conference was Power, Culture and Social Framing. It made sense to focus on the concept of charity and how it was in itself a discourse that had been framed and (re)framed over the centuries leading to the creation of charity shopping as we know it today. Continue reading →