Black Environmental Justice: From urban studies to radical rurals in England

Debbie Humphry (Oxford Brookes University) interviews Julian Agyeman, founder of the Black Environment Network (9th July 2022) Debbie Humphry: Could you just tell me briefly about your involvement in community led planning, situated in a broader context of the idea of a Black environmental justice movement? Julian Agyeman: I started out as a high schoolContinue reading “Black Environmental Justice: From urban studies to radical rurals in England”

Putting Women in the Centre: women’s community planning in Birmingham

Report by Debbie Humphry. Thanks to the participants who are quoted. It took painstaking detective work to unearth women’s histories of community-led planning in Birmingham from the 1960s.  After scouring archives, texts, exhibitions and films and sending out dozens of speculative emails, I was eventually rewarded with 12 online interviews with women who had beenContinue reading “Putting Women in the Centre: women’s community planning in Birmingham”

From Network to Movement: Community Enterprises in Gwynedd, Wales – Newyddion o Gymru: Rhwydwai

Report by Debbie Humphry. Quotations are all from the participants involved in the Community Enterprises (CEs) unless otherwise indicated. Link to the Map  Spaces of Hope – Map (peoplesplans.org) Back in July 2022, we visited one of our case study sites in Gwynedd, north west Wales, receiving a generous welcome from eleven of the manyContinue reading “From Network to Movement: Community Enterprises in Gwynedd, Wales – Newyddion o Gymru: Rhwydwai”

Planning for People in Brum

Spaces of Hope/PeoplesPlans is conducting research on the histories of community-led planning. We have spoken to people who worked with communities to create the spaces and places needed in Birmingham since the 1960s and we are bringing people into conversation together through a free online workshop event on Friday 2nd December 2022 1-3pm. The aim is to share and compareContinue reading “Planning for People in Brum”

Blog: Claiming space, culture and community through music, ecstasy and dance

Debbie Humphry, talking to Coventry-based artist, documentary filmmaker and producer, Adrian Dowling. Photographs by Jamie Shufflebotham Adi Dowling arrived in Coventry from Dublin in the late 1970s, into a culture of de-industrialising despair, “as in poverty, racism, serious violence”. But from 1985 this all changed, when the violence of football hooliganism transmuted into the love ofContinue reading “Blog: Claiming space, culture and community through music, ecstasy and dance”

Arts in Regeneration: from creative community-led planning to institutional instrumentalism in East London

How can images and aesthetics support community led campaigns? In this blog, Loraine Leeson draws on her experiences with the Docklands Community Poster Project, describing how certain images can become a powerful ‘currency’ for communicating issues and arguments to wider audiences. The arts can be a highly effective tool in community-led planning due to theirContinue reading “Arts in Regeneration: from creative community-led planning to institutional instrumentalism in East London”