What we think

At Shared Assets we believe that our land and natural resources should work for everyone.

Land based social enterprises are pioneering the development of new models of land management that deliver shared social, economic and environmental benefits, but they face significant challenges.

We undertake research, policy and advocacy work to identify what needs to change so that common good approaches to land management can thrive.

We work on a range of policy issues that are standing in the way of common good land use.


Practitioners, landowners and policy-makers with an interest in common good land use all need knowledge and information about current best practice, existing models, and challenges. A strong evidence base is also crucial to making the case for creating a more socially, economically, and environmentally just land system. We strive to collaborate with people working on the land to research a broad range of land-related issues, and communicate our findings through publications, thought-pieces and events. You can learn more about our approach to research, and current projects, by clicking the following links, and view recent research reports below:

Research Strategy 

Research Approach

Current Research Projects

Latest research

  • Transforming Derelict Land through Community-Led Models
    Aug 2016 | Our Place Programme (Locality)

    This guide starts with an introduction to the benefits and challenges of reclaiming land, and then goes onto discuss the different models and approaches that communities could consider further when undertaking similar projects. The guide closes with a precis of two Our Place projects that demonstrate the opportunities associated with reclaiming land. Further resources
    and links to other relevant examples are provided as an Appendix.

    This guide should be of interest to both new and established community based organisations. It serves as an introduction to the subject and demonstrates how to bring communities together to take action to bring land back into productive use. The Our Place examples referred to also show how additional community benefits have been achieved as well as creating a better local
    environment for everyone.

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  • Community Ownership & Management of Parks and Green Spaces
    Oct 2016 | Commmunity Ownership and Management of Assets Programme, Locality

    This guide explores the opportunities and challenges inherent in developing community-led models of parks and green space management. It proposes some general principles that both local authorities and communities should consider further when developing proposals. It also provides examples of current practice and links to further reading on the subject

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How can we help you?

Get in touch to find out more about the bespoke research we conduct.

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Common good land use

At Shared Assets, we meet and work with many inspiring land-based social and community enterprises. These models of common good land use illustrate some of the most successful examples of enterprising community-led land management in the UK. Here are some examples.

Latest news and opinion

Blog articles, news and opinion pieces from the Shared Assets team

Farming the urban fringe

As the international peri urban farming project, Urbanising Place, draws to a close, Mark Walton looks at what we’ve learnt and how we will be applying it to the new UK-based Fringe Farming project over the coming months.

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An Exploration Into the Heart of Social Movements: I

This blog by our Movement Building Coordinator, Ọlá Ayòrindé​, is the first of a series in which we are seeking to understand the nature of social movements, and how we can take lessons from movements of the past and present to inform how we organise today.

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Creative outputs and upcoming events of RECOMS

Shared Assets is a partner in the RECOMS consortium, a transdisciplinary project training fifteen early-stage researchers working on community environmental practice. What have they been up to? In this blog post, our secondees April and Sara provide you with an update of the latest developments, interesting readings and future events of the project.

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