Beckton Sustainable Living Initiative, Working Paper 4.

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Gibb, Michelle, Boyd, Pamela and Sarpong, Gregory 2016. Beckton Sustainable Living Initiative, Working Paper 4. University of East London.
AuthorsGibb, Michelle, Boyd, Pamela and Sarpong, Gregory
TypeWorking paper

This working paper reflects the authors’ involvement with a civic engagement project funded by the University of East London’s (UEL) Institute for Civic Engagement. It was a collaborative initiative between the Centre for Social Justice and Change, School of Social Sciences, and UEL’s Sustainability Research Institute. The initiative commenced in November 2015 and was completed in July 2016.
The civic engagement project is part of an ongoing sustainable living project in Beckton. Situated in the hinterland of UEL’s Docklands campus in the London Borough of Newham this initiative provided an opportunity to work with communities local to UEL.
Our involvement in a civic engagement initiative raised issues about what our role as students representing a University might involve, how we may contribute rather than replicate or duplicate ongoing local activities, and what additional skills we could bring to make a positive contribution.
Our project was about taking practical actions; by completing a communal garden in a local park and distributing water-saving devices to enable households to reduce their expenditure and contribute towards sustainable living. Research findings informed these practical actions and we were able to use our knowledge concerning environmental sustainability and research in discussions with residents and local agencies. Our experience also raised issues about how best to do research that can be used to inform and facilitate social action. This is particularly challenging in local communities which are ethnically diverse and culturally fragmented.
This working paper describes our experiences and reflections.

PublisherUniversity of East London
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Print01 Jul 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited30 Aug 2016
Copyright holderUniversity of East London
Series Centre for Social Justice and Change Working Papers
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