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Communities and Social Justice

‘Community’ is an enduring theme in public policy and social research. Communities of place, interest and identity are sites of contestation, care and control in an increasingly individualized, yet also inter-connected, world.

The Communities and Social Justice (CSJ) research group comprises 18 staff (including 7 Teaching Fellows and RAs) and 12 postgraduate researchers, whose work focuses on community-based action for socially just change.

Specialisms in the Department include:

  • ‘communities in collaboration’ (community-university research partnerships; participatory action research; communities of practice; community development);
  • 'contested communities' (issues of identity, intersectionality, relationships, belonging, space and place, including in faith, ethnic and prison communities; the problematics of renegotiating and reconstructing communities; belonging and exclusion in rural communities; and sustainable communities in late modern society):
  • 'communities in crisis' (forced migration; trafficking; sex work; austerity; poverty/debt).

Key questions explored by members of this group include:

  • How is 'community' problematized and used in policy, practice and research? How do communities respond to crisis?
  • What is the role of community-based approaches to promoting social justice locally and globally?
  • How can diverse communities work together for socially just change?
  • What new theoretical paractical approaches community development organising are needed?

Communities and Social Justice postcard

 Centre for Social Justice and Community Action