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Durham University

Centre for Social Justice and Community Action

Participatory Research Hub

The Participatory Research Hub at Durham University was a short-term project hosted by the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action (CSJCA) during February 2015 to June 2017. It was funded by Durham University’s Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Account in two phases in 2015-16 and 2016-17 (£29,142 and £37,238). The Hub was hosted in the Geography Department, with Prof Rachel Pain as the main coordinator, supported by Prof Sarah Banks and Dr Andrew Russell (co-directors of CSJCA), and administered by a part-time Development Officer (initially Dr Catherine Alexander, and then Dr Helen Moore).

Aims and objectives

The aims of the Hub were to strengthen the infrastructure for co-produced social research, stimulating and fostering long-term relationships, generating learning and the capacity to undertake co-production across Durham University and its partner organisations; and to enhance the generation of high quality research, which can have an impact on social and economic policy, practice, advocacy and activism.

The objectives were:

  1. To promote and support the co-production of social research, involving University researchers working in partnership with outside organisations.
  2. To develop infrastructure to actively link third sector and other organisations that wish to learn about and undertake co-produced research with relevant researchers at Durham University.
  3. To offer training and support on aspects of co-production and participatory research, from establishing partnerships through to measuring impact.
  4. To support and mentor new and existing research partnerships to generate, monitor and evidence research impact.

For further details, please download the summary report