Our blogpost series provides an opportunity to share experiences and reflections on doing participatory action research, community development work, citizen science and engaging with young people, families and communities, whether locally, nationally or internationally. Commentaries on contemporary policy and practice issues and debates are also welcome.

Our latest blogpost by Nathan Salvidge, Doctoral Student in Geography & Environmental Science at the University of Reading, discusses his recent research in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where he is currently conducting fieldwork:

Is now the right time to promote the inclusion of men within research on informality?

Samuel Poskitt, Participation Lab, reflects on participation in and for the Sustainable Development Goals, the theme of the Participation Lab’s second annual workshop:

How can we use what we know about participatory methodologies for the Sustainable Development Goals?


Professor Rosa Freedman, University of Reading and Dr Nicolas Lemay-Hebert, University of Birmingham discuss law and justice in the time of cholera:

Law in the Time of Cholera: Seeking Justice from the United Nations for Haiti’s Cholera Victims


Our third blogpost by Dr. Sonia Bussu, Local Trust and Participation Lab Advisory Group member reflects on the democratisation of science:

Making science democratic: is that possible or even desirable?

Emma Cox, Geography undergraduate student, University of Reading wrote our second blogpost:

Anxious About Austerity: Fragile Family Lives

Our first blogpost is by Dr. Giuseppe Feola, Department of Geography & Environmental Science, 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


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


Join in the discussion!

Researchers, statutory and third sector partners, academics, students and members of the Participation Lab are warmly invited to send us short think-pieces about your experiences of community participation and participatory research in action, as well as commentaries on contemporary policy and practice issues and debates.

If you wish to contribute a blogpost to the series, please feel free to contact Ruth Evans informally about your ideas first.  Blogposts should be emailed to Ruth Evan ( in a word document in no more than  1000 words, if possible with 2-3 photos, figures or images attached, with captions for each image.

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