Community cohesion and migration

CRESR has been at the forefront of research and analysis into community cohesion. This includes considering the predictors and drivers of cohesion, as well as the evaluation of policy and practice.

Our work focuses on:

  • evaluation of policies, strategies and initiatives designed to manage and promote cohesion
  • analysis of predictors and measurement of levels of cohesion
  • community mapping and profiling
  • understanding community relations
  • generation of guidance for statutory agencies

We have helped lead efforts to explore and understand the experiences of different migrant populations and the local implications of and responses to migration. We evaluate managed migration programmes, including looking at local initiatives to support the settlement and integration of migrants.

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Preparing for Green Deal

Project Director: Jan Gilbertson
Project Duration: 2012-2013

Responsibility for improving energy efficiency levels in the private rented sector lies largely with private landlords. The recent introduction of the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), which runs alongside the Green Deal, are designed to support the take-up of energy efficient home improvements and are now the main vehicles, other than self-finance, by which private landlords can improve the thermal efficiency of their properties. 

Evaluation of Managed Migration Initiatives Supported by the European Reguee Fund and the European Integration Fund

Project Director: Professor David Robinson
Project Duration: 2010-2012

An evaluation of the efficiency and effectiveness of a series of projects designed to support the integration of refugees and third country nationals.  Projects were funded under two European Commission funds (European Integration Fund and European Refugee Fund) and research outputs informed Home Office compliance with EC monitoring requirements.  

Neighbourhood Resilience in Sheffield

Project Director: Deborah Platts-Fowler
Project Duration: 2012-2013

Working in partnership with Sheffield City Council, a team from the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research set out to establish a working definition of neighbourhood resilience for the city and to identify factors promoting resilience. Resilience was viewed not as a panacea for the social and economic disadvantages many communities are facing, but as a strategy for helping communities cope with this adversity. A measure of resilience is provided, focusing on neighbourhoods that are evidencing better than expected outcomes given the intensity of the stress and pressure they are exposed to. Neighbourhoods evidencing relatively high levels of resilience are identified and the factors that help to explain the resilience are explored in four case study neighbourhoods. Some suggestions for how local policy makers might nurture neighbourhood resilience are also spotlighted.

Evaluation of the National Community Cohesion Strategy for Wales

Project Director: Professor David Robinson
Project Duration: 2010-2012

An evaluation of the implementation and effectiveness of Getting on Together, the Welsh Government's community cohesion strategy.  Analysis includes the review of implementation at the national and local levels and analysis of trends in cohesion across Wales.

Mainstreaming Community Cohesion

Project Director: Professor David  Robinson
Project Duration: 2012

The generation of guidance for local authorities in Wales and their partners on how to mainstream community cohesion into policy and practice across different sectors and domains of public serve provision.

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For further information please contact Dr Kesia Reeve at or call 0114 225 4519

Key clients

Arts and Humanities Research Council
Department for Work and Pensions
Glasgow Housing Assocation
Holocaust Memorial Day Trust
Home Office
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
North Lincolnshire Council
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
UK Border Agency
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