Professor Diana Stirbu has won Transformation funding for a new research and knowledge exchange initiative.
Date: 23 April 2021
London Met's Professor Diana Stirbu has been awarded funding in the range of £45,0000 for a new project focused on inclusive engagement between local authorities and their constituent communities.
This comes following the successful delivery of a year-long peer learning programme for regeneration and social integration officers in London's local authorities (the Social Integration and Regeneration Learning Network). The grant comes from London Met's Transformation Funding to expand the initiative to a research and knowledge exchange programme.
Professor Stirbu explained, "The aim of the project is to better understand barriers and enablers towards meaningful and inclusive engagement between London's local authorities and the communities they serve.
"Through research and knowledge exchange activities we test and shape a guiding framework for community engagement that can support regeneration teams in local authorities in pursuing inclusive recovery under the High Streets and Stronger Communities missions in London Recovery Programme.
"This work is consistent with the key strategic priorities for London Met and demonstrates the university's commitment to empowering London communities and supporting our London partners to address our capital's social and economic challenges."
Alongside Professor Stirbu, who works in the School of Social Professions, the project will be co-led by Dr Natasha Choudary, Senior Lecturer in Health and an early career researcher.
Workplace opportunities will be offered to two postgraduate taught students in SSPR between May and August 2021.