Work Package 1.2
Start date: October 2016
End date: September 2018
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. The research will focus on three case studies in Mumbles, Splott and Welshpool, and will involve mapping the networks and scope of local civil society groups, followed by a interviews and focus groups to explore individuals’ motivations for and experiences of participation in local civil society and engagement with global issues.
The team will conduct 30 interviews and 6 focus groups. The project will involve the collation and analysis of primarily qualitative data through empirical case study research in three localities selected to represent different geographical settings and dynamics of global connectivity. The three case studies have been provisionally identified as: Splott, Cardiff; Mumbles, Swansea; and Welshpool. Powys. This case study will be shared with Theme 1 WP 3.
The first phase of the research will involve scoping and mapping local civil society groups and organizations active in each locality (including city-wide organizations for urban neighbourhoods. In the second stage of the research, a sample of organizations in each locality will be selected as case studies for further examination. This will involve interviews with group leaders and key members, a questionnaire survey of members, and participant observation at meetings and activities. The third stage of the research will involve 2 focus groups in each of the three case study locations.
As part of the WISERD Centre for Welsh Politics and Society Seminar Series, Dr Taulant Guma from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University presents emerging findings from the WISERD/Civil Society project on ‘Migrants, Minorities and Engagement in Local Civil Society’.