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UCL Grand Challenges funding approved for understanding 'left-behind' places

13 April 2021

UCL's Grand Challenge of Justice & Equality (GCJE) and Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities (GCSC) has awarded support to the value of £23,000 to three research projects to explore place-based Inequalities in the UK.

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The award from the Grand Challenges 2019-20 special initiative will jointly deliver the 2019-20 special initiative: Place-based Inequalities in the UK. 

The funded projects will aim to address the nature and impacts of place-based inequalities and explore joined-up solutions to addressing inequalities in UK society.

Project 1 - Understanding 'left-behind' Places: Towards a deep-place study £10,000

Prof John Tomaney - School of Planning (Bartlett) | Dr Lucy Natarajan - School of Planning (Bartlett) | Dr Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite - History (SHS)

This pilot project will develop an interdisciplinary, multi-annual, large-scale programme of ‘deep-place’ research/action to obtain a rich, historically-grounded understanding of the long-term trajectory of a particular left-behind town or village. The project, focuses on County Durham, builds on developing networks with local actors and considers how new solutions aimed at improving social and economic conditions can be co-produced with local communities using expertise at UCL and elsewhere. 

More information is available from the Grand Challenges website. 

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