Embedding research in processes of community engagement.
Our Centre holds expertise and knowledge in community engagement, emphasising coproduction and effective action by rooting research in processes of community engagement.
The centre aims to complement and collaborate with existing community research and engagement activities across Goldsmiths and the surrounding communities. It adds distinctive value by starting at the grassroots, using coproduction approaches in community settings to understand and proactively respond to research needs. It will in this sense actively generate research initiatives and collaborations.
We aim to achieve this by:
- Increasing the profile of community-engaged research as a key component of evidence and knowledge-based decision making to address the social, economic and environmental challenges facing communities today.
- Influencing the policy environment amongst governments, international and national institutions and funders to strengthen support for community-engagement in research and policy development
- Developing initiatives, activities and events that build capacity for community-engaged research both nationally and internationally, particularly amongst emerging practitioners
- Mapping community-engagement in research and its outcomes
- Using coproduction and participatory methods to audit community needs and collaboratively identify research agendas with community partners
- Develop collaborative funding applications for the co-production of research projects
- Matching community projects research needs with student research projects relating to the professional skills of Social Work, Community Development/Work and Youth Work
We support Goldsmiths’ Strategic Plan, particularly in the areas of collaborative research, knowledge exchange and consultancy. We also enable community–university partnerships that aim to support sustainable and inclusive communities and the voluntary and community organisations that work with them.
The centre also makes the connections with national and international agenda by nurturing existing links with the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, International Association for Community Development, international collaborators, for example, the TATA Institute for Social Sciences, Mumbai, India and Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya.