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Connecting Communities: Issue #3

Published 5 November 2020 / By Inclusive Cities COVID-19 Research and Policy Briefings

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Introduction

Inclusive Cities is a knowledge exchange programme working with 12 UK cities on their approach to integration and inclusion at the local level, led by the Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity at the University of Oxford.

The Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity has developed this briefing with the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR).

IPPR is the UK’s leading progressive think tank. Their policy research shows how the UK can build a more robust, fairer economy and society. A prominent theme of IPPR’s work on migration is the local impacts of migration and how we can shape welcoming communities through economic security and investment in integration. IPPR recently reported on a major two-year research project, Communities up Close, which focused on experiences of neighbourhood change and migration in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

As part of its response to COVID-19 and following consultation with the participating cities, the Inclusive Cities programme has developed a series of research and policy briefings illuminating some of the main challenges for local areas as part of their response to the COVID-19 epidemic and the link to inclusion and integration.

The work builds on the Inclusive Cities Framework, which sets out a roadmap for local authorities in their planning on integration and inclusion.

This briefing looks at:

  • A brief recap of the existing research base on community contact
  • How the COVID-19 pandemic has changed work on connecting communities
  • Examples of good practice from UK cities
  • Policy implications of these shifts

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