Understanding Everyday Participation - Articulating Cultural Values Full Proposal

  • Miles, Andrew (PI)
  • Gilmore, Abi (CoI)
  • Edwards, Delyth (Researcher)
  • Taylor, Mark (Researcher)
  • Ebrey, Jill (Researcher)
  • Clarke, Charlotte (Researcher)
  • Welsh, Jack (Researcher)
  • Caradonna, Vittoria (Researcher)
  • Groves, Rachel (PI)
  • Hardman, Andy (Researcher)

Project Details


This project proposes a radical re-evaluation of the relationship between participation and cultural value. It brings together evidence from in-depth historical analyses, the re-use of existing quantitative data and new qualitative research to reveal the detail, dynamics and significance of ‘everyday participation’. The project aim is to generate new understandings of community formation and capacity through participation, which we will develop through collaborations with partners and participant groups to evolve better practice for policy makers and cultural organisations.

The project is led by the University of Manchester (PI Dr. Andrew Miles) and involves University of Leicester, University of Exeter and Loughborough University. It is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council Connected Communities programme, with Creative Scotland, and supported by a wide range of partners including Arts Council England, Voluntary Arts Network, Heritage Lottery Fund, Manchester City Council and Salford City Council.

The project is running from April 2012 to July 2018. The first year-long case study in Broughton, Salford and Cheetham, Manchester, led by Dr. Abigail Gilmore, has been using 'mixed methods' fieldwork research, including household interviews, ethnographic study, quantitate data mapping, focus groups, social network analysis and archival research. The fieldwork research is leading to a follow-up application project on parks and public programming in Manchester.
Short titleR:HSR Everyday Participation
Effective start/end date1/02/1231/12/20

Collaborative partners

  • The University of Manchester (lead)
  • University of Exeter (Joint applicant)
  • University of Leicester (Joint applicant)
  • The University of Warwick (Joint applicant)
  • Loughborough University (Joint applicant)

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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