Dr Hen Wilkinson

Security, Conflict and Human Rights Alumni

PhD Researcher in Security, Conflict and Justice (ESRC 1+3)
Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol

Start date: September 2013

Graduation date: January 2020

Research topic: Building a sustainable core for community-facing collaborations: how everyday conflicts are surfaced and managed in cross-sector working

My research is looking at the dynamics of cross-sector collaboration in two case study networks – one in the UK (Bristol), the other in the Netherlands (Amsterdam). It is using participative and complexity-informed research methodologies to explore the values and power relations underpinning community-facing initiatives across a collaborative network. Central to the study is an exploration of how tensions and conflicts within the network are surfaced and managed, with what implications for sustained collaboration and the quality of service delivery. As public governance is increasingly devolved to the local level, the quality and inclusivity of cross-sector collaborative frameworks becomes highly relevant for core infrastructure and community support programmes.

Research supervisors: Dr David Sweeting (Bristol), Dr Deborah Osberg (Exeter)

Professional memberships/Positions held:

Director, Community Resolve (communityresolve.com)

Associate, Taos Institute

Visiting Fellow, Centre for Understanding Social Practice, University of West of England


Email: hen.wilkinson@bristol.ac.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CommunityResolv

Website/Blog: https://communityresolve.com