Training course on Power Relations and Participatory Research

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The People’s Knowledge Collective, in collaboration with Fiona Macbeth from Exeter University, will be holding a training course, Power Relations and Participatory Research, in London on Tuesday 16 May – Thursday 18 May.

In this 3 day course, we will use practical exercises and case studies to examine power relations within participatory research. Participants will develop their own existing participatory research project(s), or a proposal for the future. They will have the opportunity to learn how to address unequal power relations to ensure the research is both high quality and is produced inclusively and can be jointly translated into positive change in communities –  locally, globally or both.

The course covers:

  • An exploration of power relationships within participatory research
  • The position of the participatory worker (or ‘facilitator’) in participatory research projects that involve ‘experts by experience’
  • Understanding intersectional factors affecting people’s contributions to and impact within participatory research projects.

By the end of the course participants will:

  •  Understand how to recognise and address power dynamics in research
  •  Have unpacked power relations including:
    • between research institutes and communities; facilitators and participants; ‘experts’ and ‘experts by experience’; funders, policy-makers, grassroots movements
    • in terms of research methodologies and qualitative and quantitative approaches
    • in relation to socio-economic factors such as age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class, education, income, disability, health status
  •  Have developed a proposal for a participatory research project, or a critical participatory process of reflection on a past process, which recognises and addresses unequal power relations.

The course is suitable for researchers or those commissioning research at any level in academic or government institutions who have an interest in participatory research which is co-produced with ‘experts by experience’. It is not necessary for course participants to have experience of conducting participatory research. Participants are invited to come with an idea for a participatory research project which we will develop over the course duration.

All are welcome. Bursaries may be available.

For further details see: Power Relations and Participatory Research

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