Welcome to our new ARU Participatory Research Blog to raise the profile of participatory research and facilitate further opportunities for collaboration. We hope this blog will become a platform for sharing learning, successes and challenges in participatory research and provide useful information for researchers, students and community members involved in participatory research.
Participatory research at Anglia Ruskin University aims to build partnerships with community members who have direct experiences of the topic under study and facilitate their involvement in research in order to strengthen the value and impact of our work.
The Participatory Research Group (PRG) brings together staff and students from across departments with an interest in all forms of participatory inquiry. Participatory inquiry includes action research, cooperative inquiry and user and carer involvement in research.
The group is chaired by Professor Carol Munn-Giddings in Chelmsford and by Professor Jeffrey Grierson in Cambridge. It is coordinated by Anna Dadswell. Group members collaborate on research projects and consultancy, share expertise and resources, and host discussion and debating events throughout the academic year.
In Chelmsford, the Participatory Inquiry Forum (PIF) is held 3-4 times each year with speakers include staff, practitioners, service users and doctoral students who make short presentations focused on methodology, methods of engagement and reflections on ethical and political issues raised. This is followed by interactive discussions and the opportunity to explore further. There is also a networking and planning event held each summer.
In Cambridge, the newly established Children and Young People’s Research Group under the umbrella of the Participatory Research Group, aims to raise the voice of younger generations in research on the topics that are most important to them. This group is led by Professor Jeffrey Grierson and Dr Niamh O’Brien.
Please feel free to share this blog with your networks and help to extend the reach of our participatory research. For more information, questions and suggestions contact Anna Dadswell at email@example.com.