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Durham University

Centre for Social Justice and Community Action

Coinquiry Action Research Project

The Co-inquiry Action Research project was funded by Beacon North East and the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement and was led by Professor Sarah Banks.

Beacon North East's Co-inquiry Action Research (CAR) group

The CAR group was in operation from April 2010 to January 2011. Members were academics from Durham and Newcastle Universities involved with Beacon NE as either Academic Engagement Leads, Theme Leaders or Beacon Fellows; members of the Beacon North East central team; and existing community partners. The project had two aims: 1) to share learning from Beacon NE partners about co-inquiry as an approach to community-university engagement, with a particular focus on research; and 2) to produce materials that would be of use to universities and community partners engaging in this approach to research.


If you are interested in developing a CAR group yourself then this case study of the Beacon North East Co-inquiry Action Research Group will be valuable resource and can be found by following this link:


Other co-inquiry materials  may be of interest and are available below:


There is not one way to do co-inquiry research, however, the approach does have some core components that are common in community-university participatory research partnerships. These components are detailed within this toolkit and are a good starting point for anyone interested in embarking on a co-inquiry research partnership. This guide was compiled by Andrea Armstrong and Sarah Banks (Durham University) for Beacon NE. For further information, contact the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action, Durham University -