Impact award for Sally Lloyd-Evans, Whitley Researchers, Paul Allen and the Young Researchers

INSPIRE – research that has inspired children and young people

For the second year running, Dr. Sally Lloyd-Evans, Participation Lab leader and the Whitley Researchers have been awarded a University of Reading Research Engagement and Impact Award. This year, Sally Lloyd-Evans, the Whitley Researchers, Paul Allen and the Young Researchers achieved the award under the INSPIRE category – for research that has inspired children and young people.

Since 2014, Dr Sally Lloyd-Evans has worked alongside residents in Whitley and other local partners, to develop a collective now known as the Whitley Researchers. Armed with research tools, the team is identifying needs within the community that will help them to address issues of economic and social exclusion.

This year, the team have worked with young people in local schools to train them as researchers and conduct youth-led research on issues they identified as important to them.  Sally Lloyd-Evans commented, “It’s great to see the work of the Young Researchers and the Whitley Researchers team rewarded and recognised by the University and the wider community in Reading, as well as this approach to youth-led community research more generally. ”

 

Deathscapes and Diversity research project

We are pleased to welcome the Deathscapes and Diversity research project, led by Dr. Avril Maddrell, as one of the Participation Lab’s growing portfolio of projects.

Deathscapes and Diversity: Making space for Death and Remembrance in Multicultural England and Wales

Using four case study towns in England and Wales and a variety of creative and participatory methods, the project is exploring how the needs of migrants and established minorities are interpreted and met within existing public and private cemetery, crematoria and remembrance site provision, and how any shortfalls might be addressed through community participation and local authority planning. The project aims to identify best practice and to inform local government and other providers about improving cemetery and crematoria provision.

The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Economic and Social Research Council and is supported by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management and the Royal Town Planning Institute.

We’ll keep you posted on the planned visual exhibition, with photographs of participants, and other outputs in the coming months!

New Think-Piece: Law in the Time of Cholera

We are pleased to publish our latest Think-Piece blogpost by Prof. Rosa Freedman (University of Reading) and Dr Nicolas Lemay-Hebert (University of Birmingham):

Law In The Time Of Cholera: Seeking Justice from the United Nations for Haiti’s Cholera Victims

Developing a Science Shop in Reading

We are pleased to let you know about our latest Participation Lab project. Alice Mauchline, Lab Advisory Group member, in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development is exploring how to best go about establishing a Science Shop in Reading and is planning a workshop to learn from existing Science Shops in June 2017. Read more about the project here.

Launch of our new blogpost series: Think-Pieces!

We are pleased to launch our new blogpost series: Think-Pieces

Researchers, statutory and third sector partners, academics, students and Participation Lab members share their reflections and experiences on doing participatory action research, community development work, citizen science and engaging with young people, families and communities, whether locally in Reading, nationally or internationally.

Our first blogpost is by Dr. Giuseppe Feola, University of Reading:

How can participatory methods be adapted to different socio-cultural contexts? A critical evaluation of Rapid Appraisal of Agricultural Innovation Systems, and its application to agricultural adaptation to climate change in Kazakhstan

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Map of the challenges faced by different actors in the local farming system in Karaoi, Kazakhstan

Feel free to join in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtags, #ParticipationLab and #Think-Pieces.

Lab Event in September: “Enthusiasm for Citizen Science”

originalAs part of our Participation Lab commitment to co-producing knowledge for social change, we’re also really interested in the role that volunteers play in the collection and production of knowledge relating to social and environmental issues. One of our events this September is all about citizen science, an activity regularly defined as the participation of volunteers in professional science projects. In addition to probing the definition a little further, we also want to consider recent studies on motivations but also the costs and benefits of citizen science. You’re all warmly invited to attend.

 

Enthusiasm for Citizen Science: Taking stock of motivations, costs and benefits.

9th September 2016, University of Reading

It is often said that citizen science is growing as a field of practice, and with that comes a growing understanding of how citizen science can and should be used. At this event, we will be sharing best practice and current thinking on recent research surrounding motivations (of citizens, scientists, practitioners and policymakers) and the costs and benefits of citizen science. The event will introduce several research projects, including two recently funded by the UK Environmental Observation Framework (see http://www.ukeof.org.uk/our-work/citizen-science). Bringing together members of the BES Citizen Science SIG with representatives from monitoring agencies, this one-day event on ‘enthusiasm for citizen science’ will enable participants to take stock of recent research, share good practice and identify new directions and issues for citizen science research to consider.

Speakers

Hilary Geoghegan (Participation Lab, University of Reading), Alison Dyke (Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York), Gitte Kragh (University of Bournemouth), Michael Pocock (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology), other speakers/commentators to be confirmed

Location

University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus, URS Building, S2S21

WHEN: Friday, 9 September 2016 from 10:30 to 15:30 (BST)

Free booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/enthusiasm-for-citizen-science-taking-stock-of-motivations-costs-and-benefits-tickets-26656013855