Research

All our research is conducted closely with the University of Brighton’s Centre of Resilience for Social Justice, one of its centres of research and enterprise excellence. 

On the centre site, and through the Boingboing articles below, you can enjoy the stories of our research projects and the co-productive communities that make them happen.

Cross-cultural investigation of resilience

Cross-cultural investigation of resilience

This research project will investigate whether the Resilience Framework operates similarly or differently across diverse contexts in a cross-cultural study, and adapt the Resilience Framework for non-Western life orientations in multiple languages.

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Academic Resilience Approach evaluation

Academic Resilience Approach evaluation

This evaluatioon project explores ways to build the capacity of school staff and the commitment of school leaders and other key stakeholders to help them identify and implement specific resilience-based actions using the Academic Resilience Approach.

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The Imagine Programme

The Imagine Programme

The Imagine Programme brings together different research projects working across universities and their local communities. Using the new knowledge we gather, we are imagining how communities might be different. We are researching, and experimenting with different forms of community-building that ignite imagination about the future and help to build resilience.

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Our schools-based resilience projects

Our schools-based resilience projects

Our schools-based resilience research adapts the Resilience Framework for use in schools and helps schools make resilient moves across the whole school community via an Academic Resilience Approach. A number of schools – mainstream secondary, primary, special and a virtual school for looked after children – are working with us on this.

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Embedding the Resilience Framework: a whole school approach

Due to the poor predicted life outcomes for our pupils, who face significant disadvantage, along with their complex needs, the school has used a whole school approach based on the Resilience Framework for the past year, where we use action research to plan, implement and evaluate our actions.

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Resilience to re-offending: young men overcoming adversity

This practitioner research combines support work with young people who have experienced challenging times and the Resilience Framework. By examining the mechanisms that promoted resilience amongst young men who were offending, the study took the Resilience Framework and applied it to the data collected on the young men’s experiences.

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Building resilience through community arts practice

Building resilience through community arts practice

The research project also involved a series of collaborative arts workshops in Brighton and Hove, with young people with moderate learning disabilities and young people facing mental health challenges. These workshops explored creativity and ideas of self and belonging.

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We’ve always got other projects in the pipe line that we’re trying to get funding for. If you’ve got any dosh spare we’d welcome it!

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