Understanding the rapidly changing social and physical landscape is a challenge for policy makers, practitioners and researchers alike. Inclusive places are those in which diverse communities are able to live healthy and fulfilling lives. It is important to understand developments at the neighbourhood level and place them within the wider international context. The relationship between the local and the global is particularly important to our work in the area of migration, as well as our work with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.
SHUSU offers a rich and comprehensive set of skills, knowledge and experience in working with diverse and hard to reach communities, enabling clients to navigate this complex area and to develop policy and practice which is inclusive of and sensitive to the needs of diverse cultures, ethnicities and identities.
This strand includes research concerned with enabling communities to make the most of finite resources whilst maintaining a focus on social justice. It focuses on helping communities and service providers to make the most out of community assets and use them in a way which provides benefits for the whole community.
This agenda is rich in research and policy challenges, including ensuring quality housing provision, developing the local economy through innovative local enterprise schemes, developing the knowledge and capacity of individuals and the local community, promoting a sense of ownership and connection to place to promote resilience and well-being.
Current projects include an assessment of empty homes in the Tameside area, a partnership with private industry to develop opportunities in deprived areas, as well as a series of UK and European projects focusing on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller inclusion.