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Graffiti saying 'We are stronger together'
by Sue Kenny  |  2nd December 2020

Sue Kenny, co-editor of 'Populism, Democracy and Community Development', tracks the narratives underlying the dominant responses to COVID-19 and how, although seemingly contradictory, all in some way feed the populist agenda.…Read more

Billboard saying 'Community is kindness'
by Alison Gilchrist and Marilyn Taylor  |  10th September 2020

Alison Gilchrist and Marilyn Taylor, authors of 'The Short Guide to Community Development', discuss the challenges COVID-19 has caused for community development, and whether the pandemic will lead to a renewal of interest – and investment – in community and in public life.…Read more

Laptop on a zoom call
by Sue Briggs and Kirsty Forrester  |  4th August 2020

Kirsty Forrester and Sue Briggs, co-authors of 'The Impact of Community Work', discuss how community work has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the challenges community workers are likely to face when moving out of lockdown without a clear route map.…Read more

Billboard saying 'Community is strength'

Marjorie Mayo, author of 'Community-based Learning and Social Movements', explores the rapid increase in mutual aid groups in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the challenges they are likely to face and whether they will help to build more hopeful communities for the future. …Read more

Graffiti saying 'Lets love our community'

A decade after the AHRC launched the Connected Communities Programme, Dr Keri Facer, Professor of Educational and Social Futures, University of Bristol reflects back on some of the key learnings from this transformative national programme.…Read more

Poster saying 'We are one'
by Ed Garrett  |  6th July 2020

Ed Garrett, co-author of 'The Impact of Community Work', discusses why community work matters now more than ever, and how it is only through actually being out there in communities that we can really support marginalised voices.…Read more

Hands up

Julia Downes discusses the increase in domestic violence during the COVID-19 lockdown and how transformative justice and mutual aid can help to address this harm in our communities. Includes a link to a resource kit with information, tools and practical tips to help individuals and mutual aid groups.…Read more

Map of Cambridge
by Catherine Casson Mark Casson John Lee and Katie Phillips  |  4th May 2020

Katie Phillips, John S. Lee, Mark Casson and Catherine Casson, authors of 'Compassionate Capitalism', show how entrepreneurs in medieval Cambridge were practising social responsibility, offering lessons we can learn in relation to contemporary challenges.…Read more

Somali Kitchen
by Sue Cohen  |  1st May 2020

Sue Cohen, a long time community development worker, reflects on her time working on co-produced research projects and the different opinions often held by academics and community practitioners.…Read more

by Alison Shaw  |  4th July 2019

It is that time of year again when we are out at conferences, meeting our authors, editors, readers and making new connections. At these events, we’re often asked about becoming Bristol University Press and where Policy Press now fits. When we launched Policy Press (PP) in 1996, our very first conference was the Social Policy Read More