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Imagine is organised into four ‘work packages’ on the social, historical, cultural and democratic context of civic engagement. Each package involves a network of academics and community partners exploring our research questions.

The principal investigator is Kate Pahl, Professor in Literacies in Education at the University of Sheffield.

Work package 1 on the social context of civic engagement is coordinated by Angie Hart, Professor of Child, Family and Community Health at the University of Brighton.

Work package 2 on the the historical context of civic engagement is coordinated by Sarah Banks, Professor in the School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University.

Work package 3 on the cultural context of civic engagement is coordinated by Kate Pahl, Professor in Literacies in Education at the University of Sheffield.

Work package 4 on the democratic context of civic engagement is coordinated by Paul Ward, Professor of Modern British History at the University of Huddersfield, who will also be exploring the history of civic engagement in twentieth century Britain to see how imagining the future has played a role in community participation and how people invoke the past to explore their lives in the present.

Community partners and collaborators

African Caribbean Community Organisation; Amaze supporting parents of children with complex needs (Brighton); Art in Mind (Brighton);
Benevolent Society (Australia); Ben Kyneswood; Birkbeck College, University of LondonBlue Town Heritage Centre (Sheppey); Boingboing, resilience-focused social enterprise (Brighton);
Cedarwood Trust; Centre for Community Based Research (Ontario, Canada); Community Action HampshireCommunity Foundation for Tyne & Wear Northumberland;
East Sussex Children’s Service;
Foles Hillfields;
Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO); Grimm & Co;
The Hepworth Wakefield; Herbert Art Gallery & Museum; Hillz FM Community Radio,
Institute for Volunteering Research;
Kent Library Services; Khalida Luqman; Kirklees TV;
Living History NE;
Meadow Well ConnectedRemembering the Past: Resourcing the Future; Multi-Agency Resource Service (Stirling); Museums Sheffield;
Natalie Walton;  Newport MindNewcastle University;
Participedia; Patchwork Youth ProjectPendower Good Neighbour Project; Phoenix Detached Youth Project;
Osnabrück University;
Riverside Community HealthRotherham Children and Young People’s Services;
Scottish Child Care and Protection Network; Search; Shahin Shah; The Site Gallery; Steve Pool (Artist); St James Centre for Heritage & Culture; St Peter’s Centre, Coventry;
Tassibee women’s centre (Rotherham); Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums;
University of Crete; The University of Edinburgh; University of Kent;  University of Stirling; University of Strathclyde; The University of WarwickUniversity of Westminster;
W. Newcastle Picture History CollectionWorking Actively To Change Hillfields;
Yvonne Hall; Young Foundation;
Zahir Rafiq (Artist); Zanib Rasool;