This project will investigate the social (non-monetary) value of the Warwickshire County Council Our Spaces programme; a project aimed at helping to reinvigorate public spaces in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic by installing functional public art interventions in seven Warwickshire towns.
Art and culture play an increasingly vital role in the vitality and vibrancy of places and there is a growing trend towards experiential town and high street centres as well as in countryside pursuits and activities. The Our Spaces project aims to embed art and culture in our places to support regeneration activity as well as engender a sense of place and pride amongst residents and communities.
In this project, we will work with the Our Spaces commissioning team to examine how the artistic interventions benefit the public realm, focusing on the health and wellbeing impacts of spending time in public spaces, the public appreciation of space quality, and the use of the spaces before and after intervention. The project will build upon previously established research led by Dr Jones on the social impacts of policy initiatives to assess the short-term changes over the implementation period. The project will connect to the UN Sustainable Development Goals of Health and Wellbeing and Sustainable Cities, particularly through its focus on social wellbeing and access and use of public spaces.
Public engagement and arts programme
Co-led by Dr Nikoleta Jones and Leigh Walker from the , the project will help to support the development of a partnership between researchers at the Institute for Global Sustainable Development and the Warwickshire County Council Place and Infrastructure department by connecting the ongoing regeneration work of the council to academic research on the social impacts of place-based interventions.
There is potential for this project to act as a pilot in developing future research bids based on the synergies between academic interests in IGSD and current and future WCC projects.
The project will utilise existing research and expertise of Dr Jones on the social benefits of policy interventions and could help to boost the impact of this research by applying it to a new context, particularly on the interventions in park areas and green spaces.
For further information including dates and locations of community based engagement events, research details and questionnaire please visit further dedicated pages here - Assessing the social impacts of ‘Our Spaces’ (warwick.ac.uk)
This project links to the below Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):