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Where We Live Now

A series of activities centred on the theme of place and place-based policymaking.

The British Academy worked with a variety of organisations and individuals to discuss place – what does it mean to people, at what scale do people relate to place, and is there a way we can use this understanding to improve the design and delivery of policy?

The Academy has published a set of reports on place-based policymaking – aligning the design and resourcing of policy at the most appropriate scale of place, in order to develop meaningful solutions, which improve people's lives. 

This work has demonstrated that, particularly in a devolving world, place can offer a useful lens to reconsider how best to deliver critical services including those focused on community support, health and wellbeing, social and benefit supports, education, skills and lifelong learning in a more integrated and effective way. 

Project outcomes

Where We Live Now: Perspectives on Place and Policy

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The idea of place has been gaining ground in mainstream agendas; an idea which offers new perspectives and potentially life changing ways of looking at the world and improving people's wellbeing.

Where We Live Now: Making the Case for Place-based Policy

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The British Academy reviews the evidence for people’s attachment to place and considers whether place-based policy-making – aligning the design and resourcing of policy-making to the scales at which individuals connect to places, irrespective of departmental or sectoral divisions – would produce more responsive and effective policies to improve people’s lives.

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