Collaborations In Research

A resource for those interested in collaborative/participatory and creative/arts-based approaches to research.


This resource originates from an interdisciplinary research residential funded by the Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF), held at Girton College, Cambridge, during week commencing 21st August 2017. It brings together community arts-based practice, criminology, social research and sociology to interrogate and yield new insights into the processes, practicalities and realities of adopting participatory styles of research with vulnerable, marginalised and/or hard-to-reach groups.

All of the posts are intended to be used as a resource for those interested in adopting participatory/collaborative approaches to research. Some of the posts include abstracts, presentations and responses to speakers invited to this event, for example:

There are also posts documenting the experiences, reflections and responses from the team to the realities of working creatively and/or collaboratively:

Additional pages on the website give biographical details of everyone who contributed to the research residential and a little about the background with links to the Independent Social research Foundation (ISRF) who funded the event.

Other posts elaborating on all aspects of arts-based, creative and collaborative approaches to research, will be added periodically. To date we have contributions from Clare Pettinger, ‘Creative and collaborative ways of ‘doing and sharing research’ and Kitrina Douglas and David Carless, ‘Reflection on a journey into the unknown’.