Institute for Social Science

Social Renewal in the North East

Social Renewal: Practical responses to neo-liberal austerity

How to thrive in society today is a challenge for people in communities around the world.

This book project, facilitated through funding from the Newcastle University Institute for Social Science, uses the North East as a lens to explore critical social and political shifts that have wider relevance and resonance in other post-industrial cities and regions, particularly those affected by austerity policies.

Working with partners, we provide practical examples of community-based practices to promote positive social change in neoliberal and austere times. As well as being a book about practical responses to austerity and neoliberalism, the edited collection includes examples of the civic university in action and each chapter is written jointly by an academic from Newcastle University and a practitioner from the case study organisation.