Monday, January 04, 2016

National Lives – Local Voices

National Lives Local Voices’ is a research project conducted by Amy Clarke from the University of Sussex which is taking place in North Redbridge and West Essex between March 2015 and March 2016. The research is approved by the University of Sussex and is being funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

The project is still recruiting participants and we are particularly keen to hear from men aged 30 – 50! To volunteer fill out the form here.


The project aims to deepen understandings of contemporary national identities through the lives and experiences of ordinary British people. Through the project we hope to gain in insight into what it means to ordinary people, living around the London-Essex border, to be British and to be part of a British national community. The research is designed to inform policy-making on issues of national identity and integration and to make the voices and experiences of local, ordinary British people heard.

The project involves a series of interviews (though participants can negotiate their involvement in the different stages). During the interviews we will discuss what national identity means to you, the significance it has in the context of your life and what it means to you to belong in Britain.

Amy Clarke

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