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21 March 2018

A fragmenting society? A workshop to explore the gaps in our understanding of social cohesion

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The event will gather academics, practitioners, representatives from civil society organisations and officials from a range of government departments to explore the evidence on social cohesion.

This workshop is jointly sponsored by the British Academy and NatCen Social Research and will be chaired by Professor Dominic Abrams FBA (Kent University). It will include a presentation on new survey data collected by NatCen on social and community cohesion.

The purpose of the discussion will be to develop a shared understanding of the key evidence gaps in our understanding of social cohesion. As two organisations keen to play an important role in future research of this important issue, the British Academy and NatCen are keen to openly discuss how we collectively navigate the challenges it presents.

Aims

  • To explore what the current evidence is around social cohesion and what it tells us;
  • To identify where there are gaps in current evidence and how they might be filled;
  • To explore the strengths and weaknesses of surveys; 
  • To inform the work of the British Academy,  NatCen and others in this area; 

The workshop will be written up into a summary paper. 

Event time:

Weds 21st March: 2:30-16:30

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