Topic: Communities and society

From social engagement to civic action – how can local government engage citizens in democracy and delivery? What can communities do for themselves with the support of local public bodies?


Cllr Paul Bell and the courage of his convictions

Winner of the Innovation and Service Transformation award at the Cllr Award 2021 (England and Wales), Cllr Paul Bell, tells us more about his time in local politics and the causes he passionately advocates for at every opportunity.

England & Wales Blog Post Blog

Hawaii’s biodiesel production supports circular economy model

The world needs community-based, equitable climate change solutions. Kelly King, Maui County councilmember and co-founder of Pacific Biodiesel, reflects on her experience at COP26 and explores the role of biofuels in supporting a circular economy.

Global Blog Post Blog
Members & Global Local

Community-led housing and tackling loneliness

This briefing considers the potential of community-led housing in addressing the problem of loneliness. It draws on a wide range of research findings that demonstrate how the development of community-led housing, by involving people in their local community, can help to tackle loneliness.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

The impressive career and many hats of Cllr Sheila Peacock

Winner of the Lifetime Achievement award at the England and Wales Cllr Awards 2021, Cllr Sheila Peacock, shares her story of a life in service of her community, filled with impressive achievements that have changed the world around her and made an impact that has already been, and will continue to be, felt for decades.

England & Wales Blog Post Blog
Members & Global Local

Health inequalities

This Global Local newsletter focuses on global health inequalities. The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted and exacerbated health inequalities, significantly impacting many people but also creating a new impetus to address the root causes more comprehensively than before.

Members & Global Local

Leveraging social procurement to close the gap

This briefing explores the ways in which social procurement policy offers local governments a mechanism to close the gap and improve the wellbeing of our First Nations populations.

Australia Briefing

Robert Burns Humanitarian Award

Named in honour of Scotland’s son, Robert Burns, the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award applauds the efforts of people who bring hope and inspiration – often in desperate situations – and help change lives for the better. Dr Digambar Narzary, Sister Lucy Kurien, and Paul Kasonkomona have all been shortlisted as finalists for the RBHA 2022.

Scotland Blog Post Blog