Rural areas across South Africa are hosting battles for control of land.
A different form of state capture is underway in South Africa's rural areas where traditional leaders are selling off people's land to miners. But communities are fighting back.
Cash-strapped Hartford is one of a number American cities that have missed out on the nation’s urban renaissance.
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In the country's wealthiest cities, gentrification is a dirty word. But it's all relative – just ask Hartford and Columbus.
Local vigilantes patrol communities in north east Nigeria to repel attacks by Boko Haram militants.
Nigeria's failure to protect its citizens from Boko Haram's insurgency has given rise to vigilante groups north east of the country.
Families at a tree planting day at Te Muri, New Zealand in June 2017.
Mostly, humans have been devastating to the planet but, on rare occasions, we get it right. Here are stories of people who live in harmony with their surroundings, from Tibet to Morocco and beyond.
A man navigates a dry riverbed in Bamako, Mali. Climate change is contributing to community upheavals.
Generally conflicts are not caused by climate change. But it can lead to complex security risks.
In the mid-1990s, body modification enthusiasts – a long-ostracized subculture – created an online community that incorporated blogs, dating and wikis.
Even though Facebook claims to be a global community, its rise has come at the expense of online subcultures for marginalized people, from body modification enthusiasts to drag queens.
This array in Indiana is one of a growing number of “community solar gardens” in the US.
Without help, lower-income people could miss out on the clean energy revolution – hence the arrival of community projects aiming to boost access to solar panels, batteries and other green technology.
A ‘loss of community’ is one of the most common concerns among contemporary Australians.
Australia is a place that prides itself on the fair go. And yet, all is clearly not well.
The power of storytelling research through film.
Modern life is stressful – here's how to make your local neighbourhood a haven.
UKIP on tour.
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A cultural war is necessary to protect the progressive and compassionate heart of this country.
What people are told about their local climate and what they experience may differ. Education and collaboration can remedy this disconnect.
Climate scientists are finding a disconnect between communities and climate science: people simply don't trust the information they're receiving.
The study found most residents have positive attitudes toward local government.
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A new study of more than 2000 Australians has found we care deeply about local councils, and overwhelmingly want governments -- not private contractors -- to deliver local services.
Five years on, the bush and people are recovering well from the Black Saturday fires.
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Five years on from the devastating Black Saturday fires that swept through central Victoria in February 2009, research shows that people and communities are largely recovering well. In the first major…
Anyone can be a reporter for hyperlocal news.
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As an example of mass participatory journalism, where the voices of ordinary citizens are heard as much as public officials or PR professionals, the UK’s hyperlocal news network is second to none. Regional…
Conflict with communities is costing mining companies billions of dollars, according to a study by The University of Queensland…
If we want to open up the university campus further to a wider community,we could start with removing the physical barriers to people flows.
With technology changing the landscape of higher education, The Conversation is running a series “Re-imagining the Campus” on the future of campus learning. Here, Tom Kvan explores how design should make…
It’s naive to assume neighbourhoods mean communities.
Neighbourhood watch groups should apply for care status and provide help for older people to counter Britain’s “uncivilised” attitude to pensioners. As well as looking out for potential burglars and keeping…
Mosquito nets can protect at-risk children from malaria.
About half of the world‘s population are at risk of contracting malaria. In 2011, there were 26m reported cases and more…
Swanston Street in Melbourne is an example of urban design that brings people together.
Isolation and loneliness pose an increasing threat to the health of Australians, many of whom are cut off from friends and…