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British Academy launches Where We Live Now

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The British Academy has today launched Where We Live Now, a series of activities centred on the theme of place and place-based policy-making. It will incorporate events, academic analysis, policy forums and public engagement and more. 

Where We Live Now is being led by Dame Fiona Reynolds Hon FBA (University of Cambridge) and Deborah Lamb (Historic England) and is being overseen by a project working group and the Academy’s Public Policy Committee. You can read their introduction to the project on here

Where We Live Now will be divided into two parts:

Part One: What do places mean to people?

The British Academy will use the expertise of its fellowship to ask what we can learn from research in the humanities and social sciences about understanding what place means to people. What are the factors which generate a sense of belonging, and how do we begin to understand the different scales of place which people relate to for different purposes? 

Part Two: What does place-based policy look like?

The second stage of the project will use the gathered evidence to assess whether policy-making could better take into account how people feel about where they live. What does place-based policy-making look like, how is it being developed and implemented? We will test whether developing an understanding of the way people relate to places would help in designing more successful policies, and what the barriers to greater place-based policy-making might be.

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Jamiesha Majevadia
Public Policy Adviser