Recent research assessed the benefits of social media channels in building a sense of community in new urban villages. Tina Patel, who conducted the research, talks through the findings New urban villages often contain diverse residents, with varied and conflicting backgrounds, who are all learning to neighbour at the same time. They contain a mix of homes, with further diversity emerging from residents’ ownership and residential status. It is a common perception that these factors combine to ripen the risk of neighbourhood conflict, particularly conflict that emerges from noise disturbance, car parking disputes, inadequate property maintenance in communal areas and disagreement over the use of shared access spaces. Last year I completed a research project that examined the ways in which residents in a new urban village which, for reasons of anonymity and confidentiality, I call ‘Kindley Field’, engaged in neighbouring activities using two Facebook pages, referred to here as: … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Dr Tina G. Patel is a senior lecturer in Criminology at the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences at Salford University