What is Nottingham Civic Exchange?
Find out about our mission and purpose and meet the team behind Nottingham Civic Exchange.
Nottingham Civic Exchange is an initiative for Nottingham.
Nottingham Civic Exchange has been established by Nottingham Trent University to maximise research, policy and practical impact by bringing together university expertise with partners seeking to address the needs of local communities. Nottingham Civic Exchange acts as a resource to look at social and economic issues in new ways. This means facilitating debate, acting as a bridge between research and policy debates, and developing practical projects on a local, city and regional level.
Nottingham Civic Exchange focuses on issues and challenges directly related to its place of origin. We work in a collaborative way to identify solutions. This means we act as the facilitator for conversations, projects and action on a citizen, city and regional level. We do this by gathering evidence, providing space for debate and coalescing partners around projects and initiatives that make a difference.
For full details about our work and focus please visit the What We Do section.
Nottingham Civic Exchange draws on the expertise, resources and networks of NTU conducting research into social and economic issues relevant to city and regional partners. Watch our video to find out more about the Nottingham Civic Exchange and it’s first research phase ‘ordinary working families’.
Aerial shots – Upper Cut Productions
Editor – Lara Phillipps.
Dr Paula Black is Director of Nottingham Civic Exchange and leads the overall development of our work. She has a professional background as an academic and has taught Sociology at the Universities of Sussex, Manchester and Derby. She has also worked as a researcher, as a senior manager in Local Government and, prior to joining Nottingham Civic Exchange, she was Director of Research at the New Economics Foundation Think Tank.
Knowledge Exchange and Impact Officer
Rich takes the lead on facilitating connections between researchers, communities, business and citizens and maximising the impact of Nottingham Civic Exchange's work. He has a passion for working with people in a variety of settings. Rich has a background in outdoor education and youth work, and prior to working with NTU he was based with the RSA supporting their work across Wales and the Midlands.