Place-based policymaking: how it is done and how it can make a difference
Where We Live Now is a series of activities centred on the theme of place and place-based policymaking being conducted by the British Academy from Summer 2015. It will incorporate events, academic analysis, a microsite, policy forums, and public engagement through multimedia. This project is being led by Dame Fiona Reynolds Hon FBA (Cambridge) and Deborah Lamb (Historic England) and is being overseen by a project working group and the Academy’s Public Policy Committee.
Part One: What do places mean to people?
First, the project will use the expertise of the Academy’s fellowship and others in the field to ask what we can learn from research in the humanities and social sciences about understanding what place means to people. What are the factors which generate a sense of belonging, and how do we begin to understand the different scales of place which people relate to for different purposes? The Academy will also use a variety of media and events to engage with the public and learn how people feel about where they live.
Part Two: What does place-based policy look like?
The second stage of the project will use the evidence gathered above to assess whether policy-making could better take into account how people feel about where they live. What might place-based policymaking – holistic policymaking that integrates sectoral policy – look like, and how might it be developed and implemented? We will test whether developing an understanding of the way people relate to places would help in designing more successful policies, and what the barriers to greater place-based policymaking might be.