This theme explores the reconfiguration and re-articulation of local civil society in the context of contemporary social and economic change.
Work Package 1.1: This project will examine experiences of participation at the local level and what they tell us about the changing patterns of mobilisation in particular places in Wales.
Work Package 1.2: This project will explore how imaginaries and practices of local civil society have been stretched and reconfigured by global interconnectivities, including both the reorientation of local civil society activities around global issues and concerns, and participation in local civil society by individuals outside the locality, for instance through social media.
Work Package 1.3: This project combines quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to examine the participation of European migrants from the A8 countries in local civil society. Fieldwork will take place in three localities across Wales; one urban, one rural and one semi-rural.
Work Package 1.4: This project will utilise a series of interviews and document-based analysis to explore the notion of stakeholder involvement in Local Employment Partnerships (LEPs), Enterprise Zones (EZs), City Deals and City Regions. Fieldwork will take place in four city regions, two within Wales and two within England.