Everyday integration

18 Jul, 2022
The Bristol Integration Framework presents insights from and practical suggestions for Bristol to become a more integrated city.

Everyday integration – The local contexts, practices and mobilities of integration

We should all be able to agree that integration is a good thing. So why does it always seem like it’s so difficult to achieve?

The way we tend to talk about integration can make it more difficult to realise its potential. By focusing on certain populations we deem in need of integration, we risk stigmatising those populations as somehow deficient, or un-integrated, thus putting in place additional hurdles to their eventual integration.

By expecting would-be integrators to pass a life in the UK test or adopt and embody ‘fundamental British values’, we’re saying that successful integration is somehow equivalent to becoming British. But even if we can agree on what it means to be British, this can only have meaning if it’s somehow connected to our everyday lives.

A lot of the things we call ‘integration’ can end up emphasising the very differences they purport to lessen.

The project proposes a radically new approach that develops theory and learns from and contributes to the city of Bristol. We are particularly excited to be working with Bristol City Council and 25 community partners in the research design and implementation, and in the co-production of an Integration Strategy for Bristol, and an Integration Toolkit for other UK urban contexts.

It will capture and build on the experiences and best practices of local communities and organisations in Bristol, and through this contribute to policy and scholarship.

Whose Bristol? survey report

The report outlines the key findings from the Whose Bristol? social survey conducted between August – October in 2020. The survey was completed by almost 800 residents of Bristol from diverse backgrounds. The survey investigated the impact of COVID-19 and the lockdown on everyday experiences of economic, social, civic, spatial and digital integration, paying close attention to differences across age, gender, ethnicity, socio economic and occupational status, neighbourhoods, and migration status.

Whose Bristol Survey Full Report

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Bristol Integration Framework report

Released July 2022

The Bristol Integration Framework is a coproduction of 38 Community Partners, Bristol City Council, The Mayor’s Office, and the University of Bristol. The world is in the process of re-imagining its towns and cities, driven by a combination of technological change, the pandemic, climate emergency, and the need to tackle entrenched inequalities – exacerbated by the cost of living crisis.

The Everyday Integration project is a 30-month Economic and Social Research Council funded collaboration between the University of Bristol, Bristol City Council, and over 30 community partners from Bristol (including Eastside Community Trust). The project has sought to consider integration in Bristol ‘from the bottom up’, how it takes place in the routine encounters and exchanges of our everyday lives, and what enables or constrains such integration.

The work has provided insights into how integration in Bristol can be supported. The Bristol Integration Framework presents insights from and practical suggestions for Bristol to become a more integrated city.

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