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Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

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Wolfson Workshop - Participatory Action Research

25th October 2011, 09:30 to 14:00, F009, Wolfson Research Institute, Queen's Campus, Stockton

The third Wolfson Workshop will be run by:

  • Dr Helen Close, Health Research Methodologist, School of Medicine and Health

  • Dr Kate Hampshire, Senior Lecturer, Department of Anthropology

  • Professor Rachel Pain, Centre for Social Justice and Community Action and Department of Geography.

With an introduction from Rebecca Maier, NHS & Engagement Manager, Wolfson Research Institute.

This workshop aims to provide an introduction to Participatory Action Research and case study examples of the approach.  Participatory approaches involve research in collaboration with rather than research on those who are affected by the issues involved.  Key stages of research - from problem definition right through to dissemination of findings - are conducted jointly, and research skills and outcomes are shared, increasing participants' ability to bring about positive changes on a range of social issues.  A toolkit of participatory techniques exists that provides more inclusive and accessible tools for exploring, developing and communicating research topics.

The workshop is aimed at new and established researchers who are interested in finding new ways to work with sections of the community, particularly those who are often ignored in research and policy. The workshop will also raise awareness of the shortcomings and dangers of the 'participation' agenda.



Arrival (tea/coffee - Wolfson Street)

10.00am - 11.30am

Workshop Part 1: Introduction and activity (F009)

11.30am - 11.45am

Break (tea/coffee - Wolfson Street)

11.45am - 1.15pm

Workshop Part 2:  Two examples from practice and activities (F009)

1.15pm - 1.30pm

Summing up (F009)

1.30pm - 2.00pm

Lunch and close (Wolfson Street)


There is no charge for this event; however booking is essential as places are limited.  Online registration is now open.  To book a place, please click here

Please contact Jennifer Cook if you have further queries: or telephone 0191 33 40206

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