Social networks as part of community wellbeing

A new research working paper examines the assumptions behind interest in social networks as contributing to individual and community wellbeing and local quality of life.

Published by Third Sector Research Centre, ‘Luck, passion, networks and skills: the recipe for action below the radar?’ is in pdf, 635KB from http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/generic/tsrc/documents/tsrc/working-papers/working-paper-129.pdf

From the paper’s abstract: Drawing on the theoretical literature and a series of primary research interviews with members of small ‘below the radar’ community groups, it questions the nature of social networks within community activity. Further, it explores the interplay, in theory and practice, between social capital and other forms of capital (human, financial, emotional and knowledge) in terms of the creation, development and sustainability of community groups.