10 July 2012
Professor Keri Facer
I'm very excited to be offered the opportunity to work with and learn from the fantastic network of researchers and community partners that make up the Connected Communities Programme.
Professor Facer will focus on the programme's "Connecting research with communities" theme by developing community engagement with and leadership of research activities.
Speaking of her appointment, Professor Facer said: "I'm very excited to be offered the opportunity to work with and learn from the fantastic network of researchers and community partners that make up the Connected Communities Programme. My hope is that together we can explore new methods, ideas and opportunities for the sorts of research that will enable all of our communities to thrive over the coming years and really make the case for rethinking the way we do research today."
Professor Mark Llewellyn, AHRC's Director of Research, welcomed her appointment, saying: "The Leadership Fellowships are key roles for the ongoing enrichment and strategic development of research taking place within Connected Communities. The programme has been evolving to cover a wide portfolio of activities from initial scoping studies through to larger scale projects, and these appointments will help in furthering the connections between existing grants and future research frameworks. The experience, research interests and intellectual generosity of Keri will bring a strong sense of leadership and purpose to their individual and complementary work on the programme. We look forward to working closely with Keri and supporting her engagement with existing and future researchers in Connected Communities over the next few years."
Professor Facer's Fellowship will start in the autumn of 2012 and will be for an initial three year period. Connected Communities is a cross-Research Council research programme, led by the AHRC, in close partnership with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Medical Research Council (MRC) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
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Professor Facer is Professor of Educational and Social Futures at the University of Bristol's Graduate School of Education where her work is broadly concerned with creating new relationships between universities, schools and wider society in pursuit of social justice. With a background in the arts, social sciences and digital innovation, Professor Facer was formerly Research Director at Futurelab where she brought together researchers, educators, civil society groups, digital artists, computer scientists and young people in collaborative projects. She is currently working with the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) on its Area-Based Curriculum programme, with the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) on the Connected Communities 'Researching the Engaged University' Project, with the BBC on informal learning, and with a coalition of community groups, researchers and educators on Education for the Crisis.
The Connected Communities Summit in Manchester (11-12 July 2012) brings together over 120 researchers currently funded under the programme from a wide range of disciplines and community partners and practitioners. A key theme for this year's Summit is the challenges and opportunities for the co-creation and co-design of research with communities.