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Workshop 1: Origins, approaches and methods for participatory research.

Delivered by: Professor Tina Cook and Matthew Dennis.

When: Monday, 6th June, 9.30 – 12.00 via WebEx (online). 

This session will explore the nature of participatory research and what it means to work in this way.  Starting with and introduction to some of the diverse histories we will then look at accepted common principles for working in this way and the impact of these principles on research in practice.

During the second half of the morning, we will consider the notion of ‘method’ and the application of method in participatory research practices.  You will be introduced to a case study that used participatory methods and hear from someone involved about their experience of it and the insights and learning from that work. 

Tina Cook is Honorary Professor of Education at Liverpool Hope University. Throughout her career she has been active in advocating and developing inclusive and participatory approaches to research and practice.  She was instrumental in establishing the International Collaboration for Participatory Health Research (ICPHR) and the UK Network for Participatory Research (UKPRN) and is Special Issues Editor with the international journal Educational Action Research.  She has coordinated a number of different participatory projects with a focus on working with people who are more seldom heard and is a Director of the Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company and advisor for Inclusion North, both companies run by, for and with people with learning difficulties. She was a co-author of the book Participatory Research for Health and Wellbeing (2019) and authored a range of papers that consider research in practice.

Matthew Dennis is a member of the Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company.  He has extensive experience in participatory theatre for social justice and has used participatory methods for evaluating the impact of that work.

Files and a video-recording

(Please note these are accessible to registered participants using a password which you should have received by email)

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