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

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

Urban Crisis, Urban Hope

A year ago we were asked to contribute to a new book examining the crisis in – and hopes for the future of – our cities. Mark Walton reflects on how it stands up in the very different context in which it is being published. 

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A local, community powered future?

Two timely and interesting reports came out this week, looking at how community organisations – particularly those that own assets – have responded to COVID-19. Kate takes a deeper dive…

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Why parks matter to racial justice

Like all disasters COVID-19 has laid bare the existing social, economic and health inequalities of the societies it has swept through. Mark Walton looks at what it has revealed about who does – and doesn’t – have access to green space, and what we need to do about it. 

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