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Institute of Advanced Study

Professor Mary Brydon-Miller

COFUND Senior Research Fellowship at St Aidan's College, Durham University (April - June 2015)

Prof Mary Brydon-Miller is a professor of Educational Studies, University of Cincinnati and Director of the Action Research Center. She is recognised as a leader in the field of action research in the United States. She is on the editorial board of the central journal in her field, Action Research; is a major published figure with a number of very highly regarded books to her name and a very significant number of articles in key journals. Her research and writing has formed a steady and coherent stream over the years linking action research, community participation, feminism, and research ethics in a seamless way. In recent years she has added a focus on the arts in community research and she continues to expand her horizons in many other ways. 

Her planned programme of work International perspectives on ethics in community-based participatory research focuses on deepening understandings of ethical challenges in community-based participatory research (CBPR), resulting in academic and practice-related outputs and impact. CBPR is research that is relevant to communities of place and/or interest, where community members play a role in all or some of the design, data collection, analysis and use of the research. The main aim is to explore alternative theoretical approaches to ethics in CBPR and develop a programme of education and training for academics and community partners that can be adapted and used internationally. A major component of this work comprises co-facilitating, recording and analysing the content and process of up to eight workshops for academic and community partners, with a particular focus on matters of ethics (power, responsibility, rights, harms). Emphasizing the development of innovative strategies for engaging academic and community partners in ethical reflection, four workshops will use a Critical Utopian Action Research approach, and form a participatory theatre approach. Through this project it is planned that productive links between the Action Research Center, Cincinnati and CSJCA, Durham, will develop, leading to further collaborative research at individual and institutional levels.