Participatory Action Research in the Field 25-27th April 2018, School of Media, Culture and Society, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley Campus

Welcome to the Participatory Action Research in the Field course, held on 25 April 2018 at the School of Media, Culture and Society at the University of the West of Scotland as part of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences and Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities interdisciplinary doctoral student training programme.

This webspace provides you with background information from the day, including session profiles, suggested academic reading and accompanying resources for each session and bios for those taking the sessions. Recorded highlights and copies of slides are also available below.

Recorded highlights from the Participatory Action Research in the Field sessions are shown in the video below.

Session Programme- Day 1: 25th April 2018

Participatory Action Research: Theoretical foundations: Dr Julie Clark

Doing Participatory Action Research in the Social Sciences: A ‘Warts and All’ Exploration: Dr Nick Jenkins and Sarah Noone

PAR: Creative Research Methods: Graham Jeffery, Professor Katarzyna Kosmala and Liz Gardiner

Digital Participatory Methods: Professor David McGillivray & Alison McCandlish

Walking tour of Paisley with discussion of projects using PAR methods undertaken as part of Paisley’s UK Capital of Culture bid: Alison McCandlish

PAR can involve research resources, site visits and artefacts

Session Programme- Day 2: 26th April 2018

  • Welcome and Introduction: Professor Katarzyna Kosmala & Graham Jeffery (UWS)
  • PAR in practice - Govan Docks and the Riverside Solidarity project: Liz Gardiner (UWS) and Iain McGillivray (Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative)
  • PAR, Role of Arts and Exhibition curation: Professor Katarzyna Kosmala (UWS)
  • Research/practice interventions: Lee Ivett (Baxendale)
  • Summary and open discussions (Chaired by Graham Jeffery)
  • Guided walking tour of the Graving Docks and Govan (Liz Gardiner and Ian McGillvray)
  • Curatorial tour of exhibition at the QEUH: Professor Katarzyna Kosmala (UWS) and Krisztina Lackoi (QEUH)
  • Final discussion (Seminar room QEUH): Chaired by Graham Jeffery

Session Programme- Day 3: 27th April 2018

To Understand the World or to Change It? Researching with a community panel: Dr Julie Clark and Ms Cat Tabbner

Ethics Scenarios discussion: Professor Colin Clark

Panel discussions were held on this day on ethics and impact, and each day included a debrief of the day's sessions.

Participatory Action Research in the Field
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Alison McCandlish


Photos by Alison McCandlish

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