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Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

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Friday 8 July 2016

New Directions in Participatory Research Ethics: perspectives from the UK and USA

10:30am to 4:00pm, St Mary's College, Kenworthy Room, Durham University, Durham

The Centre for Social Justice and Community Action is holding a one-day workshop, funded by a small grant from the Wolfson Research Institute, New Directions in Participatory Research Ethics: perspectives from the UK and USA, on Friday 8 July 2016, 10.30 - 16.00, at St Mary's College (Kenworthy Room), Durham University, Durham, DH1 3LR. Contributors include: Mary-Brydon Miller (Cincinnati), Caitlin Cahill (New York), Sarah Banks (Durham), Rachel Pain (Durham), Cheryl Stewart (Scottish Women's Aid), Kathleen Carter (Thrive) and Yvonne Hall (Imagine NE).

PLACES ARE FREE, BUT BOOKING ESSENTIAL. For bookings and further details, go to:

Outline programme for Friday 8th July

10.30 Registration and coffee

10.45 Welcome, introductions and setting the scene for New directions in participatory research ethics- Sarah Banks, Professor in the School of Applied Social Sciences and Co-director, Centre for Social Justice and Community Action, Durham University; Kath Carter, Senior Community Organiser, Thrive Teesside and Ann McNulty, formerly Health and Racial Equality Forum, Newcastle, UK.

11.15 ‘Perspectives from community organisations on ethical issues in participatory research’ – panel of four people from community organisations, including Scottish Women’s Aid and Thrive Teesside

11.45 ‘Research ethics: Developing a personal, participative, and public ethical stance in participatory action research’ - Mary Brydon Miller, Professor of Educational and Community-based Action Research & Director of the Action Research Center, University of Cincinnati, USA.

12.15 Table dialogues

12.45 Lunch

13.30 ‘Unzipping the zipcode: the ethics of time & space expansion in participatory action research’ - Caitlin Cahill, Associate Professor of Urban Geography & Politics, Pratt Institute & Founding Member, Public Science Project, New York, USA.

14.00 Questions and discussion - chaired by Rachel Pain, Professor in the Dept of Geography and Co-director, Centre for Social Justice and Community Action, Durham University

14.30 Choice of roundtables (with tea available) on key themes, which might include:

  •  The role of community organisations in ensuring ethical research
  •  Ethics and impact from participatory research
  •  Ethics of writing together
  •  Using Forum Theatre to explore participatory research ethics

15.30 Brief feedback from roundtables

15.45 Closing plenary – reflections by Mary Brydon-Miller and Caitlin Cahill

16.00 Tea and depart

On the evening before the workshop, we are also offering a dilemmas café in the Kenworthy Room at St Mary’s College.

7th July, 18.00-20.30, DILEMMAS CAFÉ: Using dialogue to explore ethical challenges in participatory research, St Mary’s College, Durham, DH1 3LR - more information can be found on the attached flyer. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL for the Dilemmas Cafe. For booking and further details please go to:

As participatory research becomes more popular, it is increasingly important to develop awareness of the ethical complexities, share experiences and generate ideas about how to understand and tackle these challenges. In February 2013 we held a Conference in Durham to launch a set of ethical guidelines and case studies for community-based participatory research. What has changed in the last three years? How have we moved on? What are the pros and cons of community-controlled ethical review processes? How are we grappling with the ethical and practical issues of co-authorship? What are the ethical implications the impetus to generate research impact on community-university partnerships? How do we promote justice and equality in the sphere of knowledge exchange (‘epistemic justice’). What are the implications of extending our concept of ‘ethics’ to include emotions and bodily movements? The workshop will be facilitated by a team of academic and community-based practitioners of PAR, with a variety of areas of expertise, including contributors from UK and USA. It will be of interest to members of community groups, public and private sector organisations, university staff and research students, members of research ethics committees and research funding bodies.

Monday 4 July 2016

Wolfson Coffee Mornings for 2015-2016

10:30am to 11:00am, Wolfson Street, Wolfson Building

The last Wolfson coffee morning of the academic year will be held on Monday 4th July 2016 from 10.30am - 11.00am in the Wolfson Street, Wolfson Building.

Please do come along and network over a coffee and a cake.

Everyone is welcome.

Contact for more information about this event.