About the panel
Professor Dominic Abrams is the lead researcher on the project, and is the Director of the Centre for the Study of Group Processes at the University of Kent, and Vice-Chair of the British Academy leading on their Cohesive Societies programme. Dominic will discuss the project’s most recent report, ‘The Social Cohesion Investment: Local areas that invested in social cohesion are faring better in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic’, which compares levels of trust and cohesion in six local authority areas that invested in cohesion programmes versus other places in the UK.
Shalni Arora will chair this event. Shalni is a trustee and founder of Belong – The Cohesion and Integration Network and CEO of the Savannah Wisdom Foundation, an independent charitable foundation that looks for disruptive ways to tackle some of society’s big issues. Shalni is also on the Board of the British Asia Trust, Transparency International UK, Alderhey Children’s Hospital Foundation Trust and manages the B&M Community Fund, part of the Corporate and Social Responsibility division at B&M Retail Plc.
There will be a panel of expert responders from the public and non profit sectors including Sail Suleman, Cohesion and Equality Officer (Hate Crime Reduction) at Calderdale Council followed by a Q & A.
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About the research project
‘Beyond Us and Them: Societal cohesion in the context of Covid-19‘ is Belong’s research project funded by the Nuffield Foundation and conducted in collaboration with the University of Kent. This longitudinal study which began in May 2020 consists of the collection of regular survey data and qualitative evidence from six local authority areas, 3 regions of the UK (Wales, Scotland and Kent) and a range of community and civil society sector organisations.
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