Research Residencies

Welcome to our Residency Programme in Barking and Dagenham.  The Every One Every Day initiative aims to create a more sustainable neighbourhood over the next 5 years and offers a unique opportunity for researchers.  The Residency Programme is designed to support Masters and PHD independent researchers who wish to develop their ideas within the context of the Every One Every Day initiative, and whose research interests match those of the Participatory City Foundation. Residencies are also available for other studies conducted by universities or research centres - both short or long term studies.

Number of residencies available

8 residencies will be available at any one time.

Residency start dates

The 2019 start dates are:

February 2019 - closing date for applications 30 November 2018

September 2019 - closing date for applications 30 April 2019

What the Residency provides for researchers

  • The Neighbourhood School will support Residents with regular tutoring and mentoring that will be additional to the supervision you will receive through your university.

  • The cohort of Residencies will create a peer-to-peer mentoring group that will help develop, connect and enrich each other’s work and meet monthly with facilitation from the research and programmes teams.

  • Residencies will be invited into the larger Development Evaluation process at the heart of the Every One Every Day process of system building and growth — with monthly and quarterly workshops and development sessions.

  • Opportunities to research and work across the growing Participatory City Foundation networks.



Selection process for Residencies

All Residency candidates must be registered for their MA or PHD degree with a university at the time of application and need to confirm that they have sufficient funds to complete their studies for the duration of their research.  It is expected that some research will be conducted on site in the borough, while other aspects might be desk research or writing.

Your applications will need to include an outline of the research you would like to conduct, your research questions and proposed research methodologies.  It will also need to include reasons why you would like to conduct this research in the Every One Every Day initiative.

The Research Director will invite researchers for interview based on the applications.  Decisions regarding interviews will be based on your research outline in the context of other potential residency applications.  The Research Director will be looking for a diverse combination of:

  • Research questions - These will be assessed for their fit with areas of research interest outlined above and/or for their originality. Please note that proposed research that falls outside of the areas of interest will also be considered.

  • Undergraduate disciplines.

  • Proposed research methodologies.

  • Previous work or research.

  • Understanding and interest levels in the Every One Every Day initiative.




Areas of particular research interest

  1. Practical participation: impact on social cohesion, beliefs and perceptions (including multiplier effects).

  2. Women’s economic development and it's impact.

  3. Co-production ecosystems and their impact on inequality.

  4. Co-production of outcomes: mapping the development of collaborative mechanisms for engaging multiple actors to work on complex problems.

  5. Participation and its impact on people experiencing severe and multiple disadvantage.

  6. Gentrification: Participation-led neighbourhood improvements and its impact on displacement, churn and integration.

  7. Designing open platforms within local government and its impact.

  8. Industrial renewal, advanced and micro manufacturing and the development of circular economies.

  9. Mapping, visualising and measuring new social networks.

  10. Impact of participation in practical neighbourhood projects on young people and the development of agency, creativity and pathways to work or self-employment.

  11. Creativity, making and repairing - its effects on economies, sustainability, health and wellbeing, collaborative networks and social capital.

  12. Culture, narratives and identity in the context of emerging common/bridging cultural activities.

  13. Social design, new systems and systemic integration.

  14. Impact of participation in practical neighbourhood projects on people managing disabilities on wellbeing, learning and developing work or self-employment.

  15. Participation impact indices, their development, accuracy and effects on participation levels.

  16. Life-long learning in a peer-to-peer learning neighbourhood: impacts on life improvements, household economic sustainability, transitions and ageing.

  17. Stories of individuals interacting with Every One Every Day.

  18. The development and growth of collective agency within a highly networked and active neighbourhood.

  19. Effects of increasing social capital - including health, mental health, learning, safety, trust, collective action, neighbourliness, employment, economic improvements, educational attainment, churn, attachment to place, cohesion, confidence, crime.

  20. The impact of a large social infrastructure project on the health and growth of existing local organisations and networks.


Academic Placements


Academic placements for 3 month periods for students completing their undergraduate or graduate degrees, whose courses require work placements in organisations.  Costs for placements are expected to be covered by the university degree course arrangements.

General work experience

All hands on deck placements working where needed across the organisation. We will aim to structure general work experience placements to spend time in all parts of the organisation - including with the Neighbourhood, Co-production Lab, Development and School teams.


Number of placements available

We accept a maximum of 3 placements per term currently.