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Centre for Social Justice and Community Action

Current events, seminars and training

Our programme of events is designed for those all interested in social justice, participatory and community-based research. Attendance is free of charge but booking is essential.

Seminar: "New Lines: Resuscitations for Participation and Criticality"

Matthew W. Wilson (Harvard University and University of Kentucky)

2pm Thursday 20th March, Room 315 Geography, Durham University (1st floor of IHRR building, behind the main Geography building)

Training Courses IN 2014

PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH 2: EMBEDDING PARTICIPATION IN RESEARCH PRACTICE

***VERY FEW PLACES LEFT*** 

Friday 14th March 2014 - 10.00-4.00pm

Ustinov Room, Van Mildert College

This workshop is designed for those who have taken the previous workshop “Participatory Action Research 1: Introduction”. It aims to expand participants’ understanding of using PAR, and examine strategies for extending and embedding participation in research practice in different contexts. The workshop is relevant to new and established researchers in universities, the voluntary and public sectors who have existing understanding of participatory principles, techniques and research approaches.

For more information about this training course please download the flyer here.

BOOKING A PLACE: Please email Catherine Laidlaw c.a.laidlaw@durham.ac.uk. Places on this training are funded by Durham University, and so are free of charge for those who attend. If you book a place and subsequently find that you cannot attend, please contact us at least a week in advance to cancel your place, so that someone else can use it. If you book a place but subsequently don’t turn up without giving us at least a week’s notice that you can no longer attend, you will be ineligible for booking future training courses run by the Centre.

DEVELOPING POLICY AND PRACTICE THROUGH PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH

Led by Dr Andrew Orton

Date: 14th May, 9.30 - 1.00

This workshop is designed for researchers who want to find ways to involve policy-makers and practitioners in research that helps to develop policy and practice. Developing participatory approaches to research which involve policy-makers and practitioners can be an effective way of both carrying out and improving the impact of research. However, it can also involve negotiating significant methodological, ethical and practical challenges when trying to use such approaches as the basis for developing policy and/or practice. This workshop will draw on the experience of researchers who have negotiated these challenges, providing case studies as examples to stimulate reflection on what can help improve the effectiveness and impact of such approaches, and the barriers it can face, as well as exploring how these might be overcome. It will also provide opportunities to reflect on learning that may improve any projects of this nature that you are considering, planning, designing or carrying out. 

This session is designed to complement the session on Participatory Action Research 2, by providing a specific focus on the relationship between participatory research (in its broader sense), policy-making and practitioner development processes. Those without previous experience of participatory research and/or who wish to find out more specifically about Participatory Action Research would benefit from attending the training session on Participatory Action Research 1 before attending this session. 

BOOKING A PLACE: Please email Catherine Laidlaw c.a.laidlaw@durham.ac.uk. Places on this training are funded by Durham University, and so are free of charge for those who attend. If you book a place and subsequently find that you cannot attend, please contact us at least a week in advance to cancel your place, so that someone else can use it. If you book a place but subsequently don’t turn up without giving us at least a week’s notice that you can no longer attend, you will be ineligible for booking future training courses run by the Centre.

Ethical Issues in Collaborative Research across Cultures

Wednesday 25 June 2014, 14.00 – 16.30, Room 113, 32 Old Elvet, DH1 3HN
A seminar with Professor Karen Schwartz (Carleton University, Canada) and Dr Peter Westoby (The University Queensland, Australia and University of Free State, South Africa)

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