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Supporting Nottingham and Nottinghamshire communities through partnership, research and collaboration.

Co(l)laboratory is an 8 year, £5.1m project that will train 50 PhD students and 25 Citizen Scientists through a programme of locally relevant, challenge-based research, guided by local communities to support the development of the local economy, increase productivity, and improve growth and wellbeing.

Welcome to Co(l)laboratory

Visit the Co(l)laboratory webiste for full details about the programme, including our latest studentship and collaboration opportinities.

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For general queries, please contact the Co(l)laboratory team at

How can local residents, community groups and organisations get involved?

We need to Nottinghamshire residents and community-focused organisations to help us gain a better understanding of the challenges facing communities and to help guide and shape new research. Get involved through one of our live events or contribute any time through our online idea sharing platform. 

Start sharing your ideas today.

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Co(l)laboratory PhD Research Projects

All Co(l)laboratory research projects have been developed through collaborations between researchers and local community-focused organisations, ensuring that projects are grounded in the needs and priorities of local communities.

Explore our current PhD research projects.

Working with organisations such as Nottingham City Council, Skate Nottingham and Nottingham Violence Reduction Unit, we have developed projects addressing challenges such as local mental health provision, understanding youth violence in Nottingham, local experiences of modern slave labour practices, and much more. Applications for PhD studentships are currently closed.

The next round of applications will open Autumn 2023

PHD Students researching

I’d love to get involved but I can’t commit to a PhD. Is that possible?

Absolutely. Co(l)laboratory Citizen Scientist Research Placements offer local people the chance to gain real life, paid research work experience, looking into local challenges faced across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. These paid, part-time palcements offer flexible opportunities for practical research experience which fit around your other commitments. Research Placement opportunities are advertised throughout the year on the main Co(l)laboratory website and mailing list.

Find our more about our Citizen Scientist Research Placements

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