Wastes and Strays: the past, present and future of English urban commons

  • Zambelli, Alessandro (PI)
  • O'Neill, Siobhan (Team Member)

Project Details


Wastes and Strays developed from a need to better understand those fragments of common or common-like land in urban contexts.

Through careful, multidisciplinary research into the historical development, present legal status, as well as public perceptions and future aspirations for urban commons, the aim was to enhance the public understanding of these valuable urban open green spaces, to encourage their use, and to better inform discussions and decisions about their future.

Work package 3 (future) run by Co-I Alessandro Zambelli used community engagement techniques to test theories developed from the historical and legal methods project work packages.
Short titleWastes and Strays
Effective start/end date1/01/1930/06/22


  • Arts & Humanities Research Council: £218,056.60

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


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  • English Urban Commons: The Past, Present and Future of Green Spaces

    Rodgers, C., Hammersley, R., Zambelli, A., Cheatle, E., Wedgwood Clarke, J., Collins, S. & Dee, O., 11 Oct 2023, 1st ed. Routledge. 264 p. (Earthscan Studies in Natural Resource Management)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

    Open Access
  • Wastes and Strays...on the Road

    O'Neill, S. M., Zambelli, A., Rodgers, C., Hammersley, R., Clarke, J., Tardiveau, A., Mallo, D., Perring, G., Dee, L. & Collins, S., 10 May 2022

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition