Discomfort, Dissatisfaction & Disconnect: Exploring local economic perceptions through peer research

This report by the Institute for Community Studies explores local economies from the perspectives of local communities through over fifty in-depth interviews undertaken using peer research, giving a platform to these all-too-often forgotten voices. The authors explore the priorities for transition and transformation in local economies through the direct insight of communities, against the trends and timeline of intervention in this policy field over the last twenty years – and look to the future challenges, opportunities and, critically, the voices of communities - that governments at national, devolved and local level need to work with and take into account.