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Challenges of Disconnection

Research Development Workshop: Addressing the Challenges of Disconnection, Division and Exclusion

This 3-day research development workshop was held in Sheffield in March 2014. It aimed to stimulate the development of innovative, cross-disciplinary, community engaged, research projects to better understand the disconnections that can occur from, within and between communities. Issues explored included the consequences, positive and negative, of disconnection in different cultural contexts and ways in which the assets and creativity within communities, including ‘disconnected communities’, might be mobilised to address some of the problems that disconnections can cause, such as loneliness, isolation, exclusion, alienation, marginalization, discrimination, conflict and extremism and low levels of civic participation and/or engagement.

Following the workshop the AHRC made four development awards, to support the co-design of large grant proposals, and four innovation awards. Details of the awards can be found in the award list below. The successful large grant proposals emerging from the development awards will be announced at the end of 2015.