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Designing and Undertaking Participatory Research: Practical Issues, Successes and Challenges

A BSA Early Career Forum Event

9 December 2020 (11:00–17:00 GMT)

About the Event

You are invited to an online event bringing together researchers working with or interested in participatory research approaches. This Regional Event will bring together sociologists, who are pioneering participatory approaches and research methods, to share their ideas, expertise and experiences of designing and conducting participatory research. It will be a forum to discuss best practice, practical issues, ethical issues and the successes and challenges of this approach. It will also explore this in relation to academic frameworks, and the practical issues of using participatory approaches within academic structures.

This online workshop is a one-day event which has been adapted from a face-to-face conference that had been scheduled to take place earlier this year. It will consist of three webinars each featuring a panel of speakers followed by a Q&A. Each speaker will have 10 minutes to present their research and will explore different aspects of using participatory methods. You are welcome to attend all three webinars or choose just one or two. The day will conclude with a workshop (which will be capped at 30 people) in which participants will be able to discuss and share their experiences of using participatory methods facilitated through guided discussions. Places will be allocated first come, first served. You can register for the workshop when you register for the event.


11:00-11:15: Welcome

11:15-12:15: Webinar 1

  • Barbora Adlerova and Alice Taherzadeh: Parachuting researcher nightmare – how to navigate the legacy of ‘unethical’ research and not lose sleep
  • Rachael Black: Participatory research and the role of the initiating researcher
  • Jessica Langston: Participatory research: worth the effort?

12:15-13:00: Lunch Break

13:00-14:00: Webinar 2

  • Leah Burch: Experimenting with arts-based methods in disability research: exploring disabled people’s understandings and experiences of ‘everyday hate’
  • Chella Quint: DIY or DIE! How the immediacy of fanzines can help researchers find their flow
  • Thea Shahrokh: The role of participatory, creative, storytelling in knowing the textured lives of young people with migration experiences

14:00-14:15: Break

14:15-15:15: Webinar 3

  • Jake Sallaway-Costello: Keeping yourself in (a) good company: using entrepreneurship to reimagine participation in public health nutrition
  • Laura Wright: Young people led research- a play-based participatory approach
  • Simona Manni: Participatory objects, practices, and methods: attempting to define boundaries

15:15 – 15:30: Break

15:30 – 17:00: Workshop

Cost and Registration

Please register for this event and an online access link will be sent via email to all registered attendees before the event.

  • BSA members: FREE
  • Non-Members: £10

Contact the Organiser

For further information please contact the organiser Ruth Beresford.