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.

This is achieved through our Participatory Research Group that aims to:

  1. Bring together staff and students from across the university who are actively involved in undertaking, supporting and promoting participatory research.
  2. Consolidate and build Anglia Ruskin University’s reputation as a leader in the application of participatory research approaches to service and community development.

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 including 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.

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