Major project about young people in new communities rated ‘outstanding’ by ESRC

Posted by kha5 at Jan 28, 2015 03:08 PM |
A team of researchers from the Universities of Leeds, Leicester and Northampton recently completed a major, four-year study investigating the experiences and needs of young people [aged 9‐16] living in new and rapidly‐expanding housing developments in South-East England.


The project was titled ‘New Urbanisms, New Citizens: Children and Young People's Everyday Life and Participation in Sustainable Communities’ and was funded by the UK Government’s Economic and Social Research Council [ESRC]: the UK’s leading funder of research on economic and social issues.

The project has gathered a major new body of qualitative, ethnographic data about young people’s issues and experiences of living in new and rapidly‐expanding communities using innovative GPS and mobile phone based research methods to develop new visualisations of young people’s mobilities in contexts of urban change;

The project team worked with young people, planners and policy-makers to develop a range of evidence‐based guidance to foster young people’s participation and citizenship in contexts of urban planning, design, decision‐making, community cohesion and sustainability.

All projects funded by ESRC are rigorously evaluated by external peer reviewers. The ‘New Urbanisms, New Citizens’ was awarded a prestigious ‘outstanding’ rating. In 2013-14 only 16% of projects were given this rating. This rating also indicates that a this project is an ‘exceptional research contribution... of the highest international quality and impact, with publications… in leading journals and… evidence of major impact on policy and practice’.


Professor Peter Kraftl, Department of Geography, University of Leicester

0116 252 5242

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