Thanks to all who attended the second UWS-Oxfam Partnership Policy Forum of 2015, which was on the theme of “What do local communities know and understand that it seems policymakers maybe don’t?”
The presentations and feedback from the discussions are now available.
Professor Chik Collins introduction to the session is available here.
Dr John Connolly presented research conducted in two Ayrshire communities on austerity and health – research which indicates an appreciation within the communities of the ‘social determination of health’ which is perhaps beyond that demonstrated by much of the relevant ‘policy community’ in Scotland. John’s presentation is available here.
Maria Feeney presented her research with Govan-based women’s support group, Tea in the Pot. This is research which, amongst other things, challenges the appropriateness of policy thinking focused around the language of ‘social capital’, and suggests that ’empowering’ approaches need to connect better with the actual history and experiences of local communities. Maria’s presentation is available here.
Jim Boyle spoke about the conclusions which local communities in Beith and in Linwood have drawn from the experience of ‘regeneration’ and ‘anti-poverty’ initiatives of the past, and the implications for how they are now seeking to do things for themselves. A video recording and text version of Jim’s talk is available here.
Following the presentations the Forum had table discussions. A short summary of feedback from those discussions can be viewed here.
The next Policy Forum event will be held in the Autumn – details to follow soon.