This three-year project aimed to investigate, and make creative contributions to, the ways in which citizens and communities live with each other and their environment in relation to water in a range of UK neighbourhoods. The research asked a series of questions about what communities are, how they function, and the role of environmental (water) assets and issues in the coming together of communities, conflicts within and between communities, and progress to interconnected community and environmental resilience.
The core approached within the project are arts and humanities disciplines and practices, (history, theatre studies, film making, narrative studies, cultural geography, landscape studies) which are integrated with a range of social science disciplines (planning, environmental geography, community studies) and methods (ethnography and participatory action research). The research process saw arts and social enterprise consultants, community partners, and other water/community stakeholders taking full part in the project in four case study areas in Wales and England (Borth; Bristol; Lee Valley, London; and Shipley).
The case study teams also exchanged and integrated skills, methods, experiences and findings into an overarching synthesis. This synthesis addressed the questions set out above and provided a reflexive analysis of how creative and participatory arts and humanities centred interdisciplinary research can be done effectively and with legacy.