Survey of Leicester (2012- )
Partnership between CSA, the City Council and the University of Leicester to develop a survey of Leicester. The project is trialling and modifying the technical approaches to gathering and representing data through community engagement, making sure that the process is accessible to local residents. (£23K)
Amplified Resilient Communities (2011- )
PI on a Joseph Rowntree Foundation funded project exploring the use of social media in order to connect communities, enhance social capital and build community resiliency. (£60K)
Equality and Resiliency Tool for LSEF (2011)
Commissioned by The Leicester/shire Equalities Forum (LSEF) to develop a Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland sub-regional needs analysis around their equality and diversity strategy. (£15K)
Amplified Leicester (2009-2010)
Co- investigator with Prof Sue Thomas on a city-wide experiment funded by NESTA, designed to grow the innovation capacity of Leicester across the city's disparate and diverse communities.
Leicestershire County Council (2006 – 2010)
PI in a longitudinal social capital project as the baseline for the Stronger Communities element of Local Area Agreements in partnership with the Chief Executive of North West Leicestershire Council for Voluntary Service, Leicestershire County Council and the County Local Strategic Partnership.
Volunteering England (2008-2009)
Joint PI with Jennie Fleming commissioned by Volunteering England to gain a better understanding of faith-based volunteering, the needs of faith-based organisations and how these needs could be understood and met by volunteering infrastructure organisations and also to consider the role faith volunteering plays in enhancing community cohesion. (£48,500)
Big Lottery Funded Project (2006-2009)
PI on a research partnership between Youth Action Network and Centre for Social Action ’How does youth participation in volunteering benefit young people and their communities?’ (£300K)