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Helen Kara and Su-ming Khoo, editors of three rapid responses on Researching in the Age of COVID-19, outline how the pandemic has transformed the way academics conduct research and presented creative, ethical opportunities.…Read more

Art saying 'Better days are coming, hang in there'
by Martin Parker  |  12th August 2020

Martin Parker, editor of 'Life After COVID-19', explores the need to preserve something good from the COVID-19 pandemic and the opportunity it has given us to change aspects of our lives that will be essential when dealing with the climate crisis.…Read more

Newspaper cutouts about COVID-19
by Michiel Van Oudheusden Fabien Medvecky and Stevienna de Saille  |  15th July 2020

Michiel Van Oudheusden, Fabien Medvecky and Stevienna de Saille, co-authors of 'Responsibility Beyond Growth', discuss people's hopes for durable change after lockdown and why it's important to bring political and economic realities into debates about our ‘post-COVID’ 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

Records with headphones
by David Beer  |  3rd July 2020

David Beer, Professor of Sociology at the University of York, explains how music can be the perfect motivator, and inspiration, when it comes to conducting social research, acting as a reminder that social research should be a creative endeavour.…Read more

Hands in the air
by Daiga Kamerāde  |  3rd June 2020

This Volunteers' Week, Daiga Kamerāde, co-editor of the Voluntary Sector Review journal, looks out how volunteering is changing because of the pandemic.…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

Photo of Cape Town

On the publication of 'Comparative Urban Research from Theory to Practice: Co-Production for Sustainability', lead editor David Simon reflects on the value of ‘deep’ forms of participation in addressing urban sustainability and the innovative approach taken by Mistra Urban Futures based in Gothenburg, Sweden.…Read more

Neon sign saying 'Nails nails nails'
by Gary Craig  |  16th March 2020

Gary Craig, co-editor of 'The Modern Slavery Agenda: Policy, Politics and Practice' looks at the extent of modern slavery, who is affected and what needs to be done. …Read more

Golden ratio spiral
by Geoff Mulgan  |  24th January 2020

This short video, adapted from Social Innovation by Geoff Mulgan, explains the concept of social innovation.…Read more