ISR Knowledge Exchange

27th May 2021, 5:00pm - 6:00pm


ISR Public Event: 27th May 2021

ISR Knowledge Exchange:

Re-imagining shared, sustainable urban futures: supporting asylum seekers and refugees during COVID-19 in Liverpool

Photo: Growing Granby initiative, by Dr. Zana Vathi, this project was funded by the British Academy.

Community projects are a particularly interesting research area within the umbrella of social protection for asylum seekers and refugees (ASRs) in the context of disadvantaged neighbourhoods. They function as a response to restrictions posed on ASRs as part of the immigration measures, and to poverty and environmental degradation of areas where they settle. The importance of these projects is greater due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on wellbeing and community life. There is now a greater need to restore social contact and cohesion, particularly in ethnically diverse areas that have suffered from other urban and socio-political traumas and are more likely to feel the consequences of the pandemic.

Regenerating urban areas like Liverpool have a fast changing landscape – both of their material features and social relations. Community projects and in particular green areas and community gardens help with bringing people together in these areas, improving wellbeing. Even though these initiatives are not free of tensions as stakeholders experience barriers of communication, access and meaningful participation. The pandemic may have posed additional challenges, or even created opportunities for new ways of working or establishing connection.

This event will bring together different stakeholders – academics, representatives of the Liverpool City Council, the NHS and community organizations funded by Our Liverpool working with ASRs in Liverpool before and during the pandemic, within the broad framework of sustainability. In this framework, the notion of social equity is linked with the achievement of a balance between material and immaterial societal values, which would prioritise the preservation of ecological community and enhance wellbeing.

The event will explore a number of questions:

  • What narratives, policies and methods of working have developed within the framework of urban diversity in the context of COIVD-19?
  • Has the pandemic uncovered differing attitudes or new recognitions towards difference, interaction and belongingness in local communities in Liverpool?
  • To what extent do urban vulnerabilities transform as we come out of lockdown?
  • What opportunities are there to positively impact on social cohesion and wellbeing following the pandemic crisis?
  • What methods and ways of working affect social cohesion and wellbeing and how can we harness those?

We look forward to welcoming you to the event!

Organized and chaired by Dr Zana Vathi,Reader in Social Sciences, and Director of Migration Working Group – North West and Academic Fellow at the Institute for Social Responsibility, Edge Hill University.  In collaboration with SustainNET this Institute for Social Responsibility Knowledge Exchange Event takes place Online (a secure link will be distributed following registration).

Date: Thursday 27th May 2021

5.00pm Event start
6.00pm Event close

Venue: Online (a secure link will be distributed following registration).

Registration: This event is FREE but please click here to register your place.

Related Links:

Migration Working Group-North West (MWG-NW) brings together academics, organisations and practitioners working on migration who are either based in the North West of the UK, or researching migration in this region. Edge Hill University academics’ work touches upon a wide range of topics within the field of migration, such as migrants’ integration, diasporas and representation, refugee law and policy, locality and diversity, and arts, health and wellbeing. For more information please check out the MWG-NW Homepage

SustainNET was established in February 2020 as a network of individuals who are passionate about sustainability.  Based at Edge Hill University the network is outward-looking and keen to involve local community partners.  For more information please check out the SustainNET Homepage