The approach behind this section is one of puzzling and exploring: Let’s see where this leads us, done for no reason other than to be interesting and (hopefully) useful. Research is increasingly linked to the need to produce demonstrably useful outcomes – often with direct commercialisation or policy formulation in mind. Whilst ‘really useful’ activity is important there is equally a place for activities undertaken for no immediate gain, for playfulness, simply because a puzzle has presented itself. Such activities have value if they stimulate curiosity and provide different ways of seeing our social world.
Articles in this section include:
- In what ways might a city need to think differently if it is to get to where it wants to be?
- Thinking about cities: An exploration of contemporary themes
- What can be learned from the Trojan Horse Affair?
- Poverty: Its impacts and some actions
- Child Poverty: What can a large complex city do to reduce levels?
- Thinking about ‘Contemporary’: a hesitant exploration
- Some exploratory thoughts on Progress
- Expert Observation: More to it than meets the eye?
- Children in Distress: Responding to known and unknown needs
- Plan with your enemies not your friends
- Researcher in residence