Published on 31 January 2023
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Social infrastructure: international comparative review

By Dr Helena Hollis, Carina Skropke, Holly Smith, Richard Harries and Owen Garling


The British Academy report, Shaping the COVID Decade, included a call to ‘strengthen and expand [the] community-led social infrastructure that underpins the vital services and support structures needed to enhance local resilience, particularly in the most deprived areas’ (the British Academy, 2021a, p. 34). In response, the British Academy funded this international comparative evidence review to examine what constitutes ‘social infrastructure’ in the UK and in different international contexts.

The work has been carried out by the Institute for Community Studies in collaboration with the Bennett Institute for Public Policy. This research combined a literature review, in conjunction with targeted expert interviews, in selected global regions.

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