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‘A Slow Build-Up of a History of Kindness’: Exploring the Potential of Community-Led Housing in Alleviating Loneliness

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School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TH, UK
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LSE London, London School of Economics, London WC2A 2AE, UK
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Department of Sociology, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YT, UK
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Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 8ST, UK
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Academic Editors: Iqbal Hamiduddin, M. Reza Shirazi and Daniel Fitzpatrick
Sustainability 2021, 13(20), 11323; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132011323
Received: 9 September 2021 / Revised: 7 October 2021 / Accepted: 8 October 2021 / Published: 13 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Collection Social Sustainability and New Urban Residential Spaces)
This article explores the potential of community-led housing (CLH) in combatting loneliness, and represents a mixed-methods research project carried out from just before the beginning of the pandemic, through 2020. Methods comprised a nationwide quantitative online survey of members of CLH groups (N = 221 respondents from England and Wales), followed by five case studies of communities representing a range of different CLH models. This qualitative element comprised participant observation, and semi-structured interviews at each group. The article also considers data from a smaller research project carried out by the same team in July 2020, that aimed to capture the experience of the pandemic for CLH groups, and comprising an online questionnaire followed by 18 semi-structured interviews. We conclude that members of CLH projects are measurably less lonely than those with comparable levels of social connection in wider society, and that such benefits are achieved through combinations of multiple different elements that include physical design, social design and through social processes. Notably, not all aspects of communities that contribute positively are a result of explicit intentionality, albeit the concept is considered key to at least one of the models. View Full-Text
Keywords: community-led housing; collaborative housing; cohousing; co-operatives; community land trusts; self-build; quantitative survey community-led housing; collaborative housing; cohousing; co-operatives; community land trusts; self-build; quantitative survey
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Hudson, J.; Scanlon, K.; Udagawa, C.; Arrigoitia, M.F.; Ferreri, M.; West, K. ‘A Slow Build-Up of a History of Kindness’: Exploring the Potential of Community-Led Housing in Alleviating Loneliness. Sustainability 2021, 13, 11323. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132011323

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Hudson J, Scanlon K, Udagawa C, Arrigoitia MF, Ferreri M, West K. ‘A Slow Build-Up of a History of Kindness’: Exploring the Potential of Community-Led Housing in Alleviating Loneliness. Sustainability. 2021; 13(20):11323. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132011323

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Hudson, Jim, Kath Scanlon, Chihiro Udagawa, Melissa F. Arrigoitia, Mara Ferreri, and Karen West. 2021. "‘A Slow Build-Up of a History of Kindness’: Exploring the Potential of Community-Led Housing in Alleviating Loneliness" Sustainability 13, no. 20: 11323. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132011323

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