Our research

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

In the Boingboing, Resilience Revolution and CRSJ community there are lots of projects going on at any one time, and we’re always looking for more opportunities to engage with resilience research and practice that fits well with our Boingboing approach to resilience. So whether you’re a young person interested in being a co-researcher, a postgrad or postdoc looking for studentships and fellowships, an international researcher interested in a visiting fellowship scheme or an organisation interested in partnering or collaborating with us then do get in touch.

Here we offer an overview of some of our current and past projects with handy links to thriving areas of research within our community. In all our projects we aim to co-design, co-produce and co-deliver everything we do. We focus on resilience research and practice with a strong social justice emphasis, which means we seek to tackle disadvantage and bring genuine change to people’s lives around the world.

Boingboing Ambassadors co-delivering a session

We are still continually questioning, enriching and developing our approach to resilience, and our priorities have shifted over time. We now have an increasing focus on challenging and changing unjust practices, systems and structures and are moving from research predominantly centred on children and young people to a broader range of those of us facing systemic disadvantage as well. Including, but not limited to, supporting the mental health and resilience of adults in recovery, ex-offenders, practitioners, adults with learning disabilities and more.

Through the Resilience Revolution we’ve learnt that activism has the power to build resilience and boost mental wellbeing, and this is reflected in our range of research projects that engage with activism through what we call ‘Activism for Resilience’ (A4R)

Activism for Resilience Zine page created by young member of the Resilience Revolution

This includes a piece of research funded by the MRC/AHRC/ESRC Research Councils which was titled Nothing about us without us: civic activism as a mental health intervention and our more recently launched Activist in Residence project as well as a growing momentum around research on climate change, activism and mental health.

And all the while, we continue to refine and develop our core areas of research based on our ever popular Resilience Framework as well as our thriving Academic Resilience Approach.

Explore a range of our research projects:

Watch our workshops: how to do community co-research on health equity

Watch our workshops: how to do community co-research on health equity

Created as part of the ongoing Community Solutions for Health Equity project that Boingboing Foundation are proudly part of, we are pleased to share recordings of a series of workshops held recently in Blackpool. These workshops are free resources to be taken advantage of by any community members or organisations looking for a beginner’s guide to developing the research skills and knowledge needed to explore health inequalities in coastal areas.

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The Research Ready Communities pilot continued

The Research Ready Communities pilot continued

For the past year and a half Boingboing has been working on a Research Ready Communities pilot project in Blackpool alongside the National Institute for Health Research as part of their Under-served Communities programme. Typically, much of the funding for health research in the UK goes to universities in London, Oxford and Cambridge, but health research is needed the most in places like Blackpool, where the harmful impacts of health inequalities are worst felt.

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The Boingboing Resilience Framework

The Boingboing Resilience Framework

The Resilience Framework is a handy table that summarises ‘what works’ when supporting children and young people’s resilience according to the Resilience Research base. The Resilience Framework forms a cornerstone of our research and practice. On this page we have pulled together lots of useful links so you can find out all about the Resilience Framework.

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An introduction to the Research Ready Communities pilot

An introduction to the Research Ready Communities pilot

For the past year and a half Boingboing has been working on a Research Ready Communities pilot project in Blackpool alongside the National Institute for Health Research as part of their Under-served Communities programme. Typically, much of the funding for health research in the UK goes to universities in London, Oxford and Cambridge, but health research is needed the most in places like Blackpool, where the harmful impacts of health inequalities are worst felt.

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Resilience Revolution – Blackpool HeadStart

Resilience Revolution – Blackpool HeadStart

The Resilience Revolution has delivered an extensive programme of lasting change with disadvantaged young people in the town of Blackpool, through a successful £10.4 million Big Lottery HeadStart funding bid. Their work is based on research into resilience by Boingboing and the Centre of Resilience for Social Justice.

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Our Academic Publications

Our Academic Publications

This page presents an archive of selected published works from the Boingboing, Resilience Revolution and CRSJ community. This includes key academic papers, submissions of evidence and a few books relevant to the Boingboing approach to resilience.

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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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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. Many different types of school are working with us on this.

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Resilience to re-offending: young men overcoming adversity

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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Can resilience be measured?

Can resilience be measured?

Can resilience be measured? Finding adequate and good ways of measuring is important because we would like to track the effectiveness of resilient building approaches in daily practice, to make sure that people benefit from our interventions, check the quality of our work and continue developing our interventions.

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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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