Social Integration and Regeneration Learning Network

London Metropolitan University is proud to be delivering the 2020-21 Social Integration and Regeneration Learning Network, thanks to funding from the Greater London Authority (GLA).

Professor Diana Stirbu, who specialises in policy and governance at the School of Social Professions, will lead a team of experts across a range of academic disciplines to curate and deliver a programme of activities throughout 2020. Professor Stirbu said: “We’re delighted to deliver this innovative programme, and we are very proud of the significant work we have planned around social integration in London. This project speaks closely to London Met’s commitment to social inclusion and our ambitions to give back to the city by engaging with our local communities and partners. The COVID-19 crisis has challenged all aspects of our public lives and local authorities have been particularly hit by it. We will be supporting London borough’s regeneration teams to better understand these new challenges."

What is the Social Integration and Regeneration Network?

The Social Integration and Regeneration Learning Network brings together urban regeneration and social integration professionals, experts and academics with the aim to share and develop learning across London boroughs. Our primary focus is on providing space, time and skilled facilitation to local authority regeneration teams to come together and learn from one another. The network builds on the 2019 Social Integration Design Lab but also offers new opportunities and tools, so it is open to participants from the 2019 Lab as well as to local authority teams who are new to this programme.

Our forward programme

We see the learning network as more important than ever – the last few months have shown us how important the built environment is to community resilience and health. The network will explore what new challenges and opportunities the ‘new normal’ creates for social integration and regeneration, and how regeneration can improve social integration to support the recovery of London and ensure our city continues to reflect and be a home to all Londoners. 

We will do this through an exciting programme of regular online workshops, peer exchange sessions, show and tell meetings and by curating a repository of useful training, tools and skill development resources. We are also committed to responding to participants’ needs and will curate our programme of events so that feedback is reflected in the sessions. More details coming soon.

Three members of the Social Integration and Regeneration Learning Network

How to join the network

To be contacted about upcoming network events, please register your interest or get in touch with us by sending your name, role and borough to: 

socialintegration.learning@londonmet.ac.uk

Project team

Project Lead: Diana Stirbu
Project Manager: Anastasiya Kichigina 
Project Co-Lead and Expert: Sally Kneeshaw
Research Assistant: Alex Prior