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Durham University

Centre for Social Justice and Community Action


Three new books, with discounts– we are delighted to announce the publication of three books for 2019 linked with members of the CSJCA on participatory and co-produced research:

Co-producing research: a community development approach, edited by Sarah Banks, Angie Hart, Kate Pahl and Paul Ward (Policy Press, 2019)

Offering a critical examination of co-produced research, this book draws on experiences from an innovative project,Imagine – connecting communities through research. It outlines a community development approach,involving collaboration between diverse people/groups to develop communities of place, interest and identity.Contributors discuss the contribution of co-produced research to social justice outcomes in policy and practice settings - from art galleries to prisons. The book will be valuable for practitioners and academics interested in researching with communities, activists, and artists.

Available at the discounted price of £20 by quoting the discount code ‘POBANKS18’, valid until 31 Jan 2019:

Participatory Research for Health and Social Well-Being, by Abma, T., Banks, S., Cook, T., Dias, S., Madsen, W., Springett, J., Wright, M.T. (Springer, 2019)

This textbook is a comprehensive guide for students interested in using participatory research to improve people’s health and well-being. It is especially designed for those working in the fields of health and social welfare who are embarking on participatory research for the first time. It covers all phases in participatory research from “getting started,” to “acting for change,” “continuing the journey” and “articulating impact.”

Available as e-book:

Ethics in participatory research for health and social well-being: Cases and commentaries, edited by Sarah Banks and Mary Brydon-Miller (Abingdon, Routledge).

The book introduces the key ethical issues in participatory research, drawing on ethical theory and relevant literature before presenting 7 substantive chapters, each on a different theme, such as power, ownership, confidentiality and boundaries. The chapters feature an introductory overview of the topic with reference to the literature, followed by four real-life case examples written by participatory researchers and short commentaries on each case. Drawn from around the world (from Denmark to Tanzania), the cases illustrate a range of ethical issues, outlining how they were handled and the reflections and feelings of the contributors.

Further details can be found on this website.20% discount is available if you order via this website, please enter the code FLR40 at checkout:

Research project - the Centre Directors have received a small grant from Durham University’s Wolfson Research Institute to explore the topic:Top-down meets bottom up: negotiating ethics in participatory action research (PAR) for health and social well-being.We will be holding a conference on this theme later in the year to celebrate the 10thanniversary of the founding of CSJCA and are aiming to develop a larger research project with international partners.

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