Community Organisation Research Group

What Are We Doing?

The Community Organisation Research Group at Lincoln International Business School researches community organisation, self-organisation and development within Third Sector organisations, multi-agency networks, and community groups. The group focuses on community-based research in Active Citizenship, Wellbeing, and Community Development. We have led national and international work on community-based learning, community-university partnerships, and strengthening civil society.

Why Is It Important?

Business Schools, and community-based research more generally, are both increasingly being recognised by Policy-makers and Practitioners as having an important role to play in supporting Third Sector, voluntary, and community organisations. This research is part of the commitment the University, College and Business School makes to be an active part of local, national, and international communities and to create impact within society through research. It is also part of the School’s wider agenda of ‘Responsible Business’ and of engagement with the wider business sector, including Third Sector and non-profit organisations.

How Are We Different?

We build community partnerships e.g. with community-learning providers, health partners, social enterprises, and community groups to foster community engagement and to co-develop research that incorporates community issues and concerns within wider debates.

Group Researchers

Dr Rebecca Herron, Reader

Ms Zoraida Mendiwelso-Bendek, Senior Research Fellow in Citizenship

Prof Ted Fuller, UNESCO Chair on Responsible Foresight for Sustainable Development

Prof Heather Hughes, Professor of Cultural Heritage Studies

Dr Geeta Lakshmi, Associate Professor

Miss Liz Price, Senior Research Fellow

Dr Agnieszka Rydzik, Senior Lecturer

Prof Marj Mayo, Goldsmiths University

Martin Hodgkinson, Carlton House Consultancy

Dr Jane Watts, NIACE

Professor Agustin Domingo, University of Valencia

Dr Gabi Recknagel, Take Part Network

Thomasin Nicholds, Childrens Links

Paul Carrick, Lincoln City

Dr Jan Schuurman, Max Planck Institute

Robin Wright, Trustee of Magna Vitae

Fr Jonathan Sibley, Facilitator of the Social Issues in the Fens Network

Dr Eliseo Vilalta Perdomo, Senior Visiting Fellow

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