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Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

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Researching with disadvantaged communities and other easily ignored groups

3rd July 2012, 12:30 to 16:30, F009, Wolfson Seminar Room, Wolfson Research Institute, Durham University, Queen's Campus, Stockton-on-Tees

Wolfson Workshop in collaboration with the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action.

This workshop will be run by:

  • Dr Andrew Russell, Senior Lecturer, Anthropology
  • Dr Sue Lewis, Qualitative Research Specialist with the Research Design Service, School of Medicine & Health.
  • Dr Jon Warren, Senior Research Associate in Public Health Policy
  • Kayleigh Garthwaite, Research Postgraduate, Geography
  • Greg Brown, Thrive based in Thornaby

With an introduction from Dr Adetayo Kasim, WRI Research Statistician.

The workshop will provide an overview of recent projects conducted by, and in collaboration with, researchers at Durham University. Attendees will discuss critical issues surrounding researching with disadvantaged communities and other easily ignored groups including: why researching with these communities is so important; the ethical issues of conducting this type of research; which research methods may be most appropriately employed; and the impact that research outcomes may have on the community and on policy makers. The workshop will be interactive, allowing plenty of time for discussion and for sharing any experiences of researching with these communities.

The workshop is aimed at both the postgraduates and academics of all levels within the University. We would encourage attendance by both those who have previously conducted research with disadvantaged communities and other easily ignored groups and those who would be interested in conducting research projects with these communities.


12.30pm - 1.00pm Arrival and lunch (Wolfson Street)
1.00pm Introduction (Adetayo Kasim)
1.05pm Setting the Scene (Andrew Russell)
1.10pm Debt on Teesside: pathways to inclusion (Greg Brown)
1.30pm Smoke Free North East: the FRESH project (Sue Lewis)
1.50pm Narrating the stories of long term IB claimants in the North East (Kayleigh Garthwaite)
2.10pm Reflections on researching with these communities:  whose side are we on? (Jon Warren)
2.30pm - 3.00pm Break with coffee (Wolfson Street)
3.00pm - 4.00pm Introduction to the aims of the facilitated discussions (Jon Warren).  Facilitated small group discussions reflecting on what it takes to conduct successful research projects with these communities.
4.00pm - 4.30pm Discussions and conclusions
4.30pm Close


It is essential to book your place as places are limited and will be allocated in order of receipt.  To book your place please click here to take you to the online booking form.

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