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 all need knowledge and information about current best practice and existing models and challenges. A strong evidence base will also be crucial to make the case for systemic change.

Our research spans a broad range of land-based issues, and is communicated through our publications, thought-pieces and events. We bring together our knowledge of innovative approaches to practice on the ground, with the latest research and policy recommendations where necessary. Previous research partners have included the Forestry Commission, the National Trust and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

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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

Land: the missing piece of the puzzle

Land sits at the heart of our economic, social and ecological systems yet this is too often ignored or not understood. Our new Head of Research, Carys Roberts, looks at the opportunity for change, and the questions Shared Assets will be asking to achieve that.

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Urbanising in Place: peri-urban food growing

How do peri-urban food growers interact with or affect the flow of food, water and energy within cities? What is or could be their role in managing these flows? And how does the urban environment enable or disable the practice of food growing?

These are just some of our initial questions as we embark on a research project with partners from four countries and diverse disciplines, Hannah reflects on our initial research.

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