In collaboration with Rural England, CCRI is running the Exploring Rural Vulnerability from a Public Utility Perspective project. In addition to contributing to the wider Local Perspectives project, it aims to offer valuable stand-alone insights to the lives of rural communities. It is co-funded by DEFRA and utilities providers Cadent, Southern Water, Wales and West Utilities, and Western Power Distribution.

The overall aim of this research is to gain insights into the lived experience of people in rural areas relating to energy and water use. The study also aims to investigate how important where somebody lives is as a factor in making somebody more or less vulnerable. This will seek to inform policy and practice of government and utility providers.

The research will be conducted in five case study areas, four of which are included in the wider Local Perspectives project:

  • Pershore, Worcestershire
  • Minehead, Somerset
  • Bridgnorth, Shropshire
  • Thrapston, Northamptonshire  
  • Storrington, East Sussex

Interviews and surveys of people in all five case study areas are taking place. Additional information will be collected through interviews with Public and Third Sector and Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise organisations. The data collected will be analysed alongside existing quantitative and qualitative data to provide localised themes within a national context.

For more information, contact Fred Dunwoodie Stirton fdunwoodiestirton@glos.ac.uk or Janet Dwyer jdwyer@glos.ac.uk.