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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New Migration, Neighbourhood Effects and Community Change

Project Director: Professor David Robinson
Project Duration: 2011

A research review commissioned as part of the the Connected Communities programme that set out to test claims about new migration having a major impact on settled residents through a review of the evidence base relating to local experiences of new migration.  Two key priorities for future research emerge from this review.  First, the development of conceptual models of causation relating to the pathways through which place informs and is impacted on by migration.  Second, greater understanding of how to actively promote cosmopolitan practices in the context of new migration and analysis of good practice in bridge building between new and long-standing residents.

Families and Work: Revisiting Barriers to Employment

Project Director: Professor David Robinson
Project Duration: 2011

This study was commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions to explore whether incentives intended to support parents to make the transition into work were succeeding in helping parents overcome barriers known to impede engagement in the formal labour market.

Guidance for Local Authorities in Wales on Community Profiling and Tension Monitoring

Project Director: Professor David Robinson
Project Duration: 2011

The generation of guidance for local authorities in Wales on how to profile communities and monitor relations and tensions on an ongoing basis.  Production of the guidance was based on a review of evidence and analysis of good practice in local authorities across Wales and beyond.

Rochdale Families Project

Project Director: Professor John Flint
Project Duration: 2010-2011

A team of researchers at CRESR and Sheffield Hallam University were commissioned by New Heart for Heywood New Deal for Communities (NDC) and Rochdale Borough Council to evaluate the Rochdale Families Project.

The project, funded by the New Heart for Heywood NDC, aimed to provide early intervention and intensive support to vulnerable families and to prevent risks including children being accommodated by the local authority, exclusion from education and entry into the criminal justice system. The project was based on a key worker outreach model and worked with a total of 18 families.

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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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