Call for Papers

After Regeneration: lessons for urban policy from connected communities

Connected Communities has funded over 280 projects and is working with over 400 community groups. The projects are diverse, reflecting different communities, different places and different academic traditions. A new book seeks to capture how these projects, given all their different aspects, have contributed to debates, discourses and practices of policy.

In particular, the book seeks to relate Connected Communities to urban policy. Urban policy is undergoing rapid and major changes as the era of urban regeneration, associated with New Labour in the UK, has come to an end. The context for urban policy making is now uncertain, with cuts, austerity and financial retrenchment the overriding characteristic of policy, policy and local service provision. The new urban settlement has created many risks, but also many opportunities, for urban communities to determine policy and politics.

The book seeks chapters from Connected Communities researchers that focus on urban policy questions. Suggested topics may include:

  • The relationship between communities and urban regeneration policies or programmes
  • The policy impact of Connected Communities research on local, regional or national regeneration policy
  • How urban policy is changing and how this is reflected in research by Connected Communities projects
  • The impact of working with less affluent communities on academic research practices
  • The benefits to communities and community organisations of working with academics
  • Critical accounts of urban policy derived from Connected Communities research
  • Critical accounts of the Connected Communities projects and programme based on reflections on working with communities
  • Empirical and theoretical considerations of social capital, social networks and connected communities
  • Theories of policy making based on Connected Communities research

Deadline for abstracts, of no more than 250 words, is Friday 28th February 2014, with completed chapters expected November 2015. The editors are currently in negotiations with Policy Press for a book to be published in Autumn 2015.

Feel free to discuss ideas with Dave O’Brien ( or Peter Matthews (

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