British Academy’s ‘Where We Live Now’ reports

In Summer 20120150709_190724 1.jpg6 Becca and Professor Michael Depledge worked with the British Academy to hold one of the regional Where We Live Now project workshops in Cornwall. The results of the project have now been released.

The British Academy is the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences – the study of peoples,cultures and societies, past, present and future. It has recently focused on effective place-based policy making, considering how we can align the design and resourcing of policy at the most appropriate scale of place, in order to develop meaningful solutions, which improve people’s lives.

The summary of the Cornwall workshop and the two reports ‘Where We Live Now: Perspectives on place and policy‘ and ‘Where We Live Now: Making the case for place-based policy‘ are available on the British Academy’s Where We Live Now project website.

The reports conclude:

Place based policy-making offers some exciting new possibilities to reconnect public policy with our lived experience and the places and relationships we care about; and as a result, to deliver more meaningful and effective solutions…

…We therefore urge the Government to pilot new approaches to place based policy-making which go beyond devolution, develop pioneering approaches to involving local people, insist that local and national government work together to better understand places and what they mean to people; and to agree the best level to make decisions to achieve a new definition of productivity, centered on our collective well-being and committed to improving the quality of life for all.

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