Neoliberal-driven austerity has changed the role of the state, public service provision and citizenship. Thriving in today’s society is a challenge for communities around the world as governments increasingly promote privatisation, centralised control, individual responsibility and battle with the impacts of Covid19.
Co-authored by practitioners and academics and based on case studies of collaborations between civil society and the civic university, this book uses the North East of England as a lens to explore how different communities have responded to changing circumstances. The case studies present examples of actions aiming to create hope and inspiration for communities in challenging times.
"Communities are the foundation of our collective future, the examples in this book show there is reason to hope it will be better than our past." Chi Onwurah, MP, Newcastle Central
Mel Steer is Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow at Northumbria University.
Simin Davoudi is Professor of Environment and Planning at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University.
Mark Shucksmith OBE is Professor of Planning at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University.
Liz Todd is Professor of Educational Inclusion at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University.
1. Islands of Hope in a Sea of Despair: Civil Society in an Age of Austerity
2. The North East of England: Place, Economy and People
Part 1: The Public Sector and Civil Society
3. The Public Sector and Civil Society: Introduction
4. Innovation Outside the State: The Glendale Gateway Trust
5. The Byker Community Trust and the ‘Byker Approach’
6. Café Society: Transforming Community Through Quiet Activism and Reciprocity
7. ‘Computer Says No’: Exploring Social Justice in Digital Services
8. Drive to Thrive: A Place-Based Approach to Tackling Poverty in Gateshead
9. City of Dreams: Enabling Children and Young People’s Cultural Participation and Civic Voice in Newcastle and Gateshead
10. Are We ‘All in This Together?’: Reflecting on the Continuities Between Austerity and COVID-19 Crises
Part 2: The Civic University
11. The Civic University: Introduction
12. Reinventing a Civic Role for the 21st-Century: The Cathedral and the University
13. Realising the Potential of Universities for Inclusive, Innovation-Led Development: The Case of the Newcastle City Futures Urban Living Partnership Pilot
14. Future Homes: Developing New Responses Through New Organisations
15. The Good, the Bad and the Disconcerting: A Week in the Life of University Project Based Learning for Schools
16. The Containment of Democratic Innovation: Reflections from Two University Collaborations
17. Citizen Power, the University and the North East
18. So What is a University in Any Case?: A Grass-roots Perspective on the University and Urban Social Justice
19. Conclusion: Hope in an Age of Austerity and a Time of Anxiety