This two-half day online training event for researchers is led by Dr Karen Lumsden [University of Nottingham] and designed to introduce participants to Participatory Action Research (PAR).

PAR is a type of research that combines two different approaches: participatory research and action research. It is a valuable qualitative approach because it empowers and involves individuals and communities in the research process, and in taking actions to improve aspects of their lives. Researchers using PAR aim to enable action on the part of the participants, and do so via a reflective process where the participants collect and analyse data, and then determine what action should be taken. When participants and researchers are equal partners in the research process, the study’s focus and results can be made more relevant to a specific community. However, in PAR there are also challenges in terms of how researchers form and maintain relationships with participants, how the data is constructed and used, and who has ownership of the data.

The training provides skills on how to conduct PAR. It provides an introduction to PAR and its origins, history and theories. It explores the stages that must be followed in designing a PAR study, and the practicalities of doing so. Through a collaborative practical exercise, participants will also be able to gain experience of designing their own PAR project.

By the end of the two sessions participants will be able to:

•    Demonstrate knowledge of the origin, history and theories of PAR and how it relates to qualitative methods.
•    Conduct their own PAR study following the various ‘stages’ of PAR
•    Be aware of the ethical and practical considerations of PAR, including working as a team and building rapport with participants and communities involved in a PAR study.


This two-half day course will be of value to: –
PhD students, academics and social researchers who already have a basic understanding of qualitative research methods, but who wish to delve into the method of PAR, and to involve and empower individuals and communities in their research projects.
Materials for the day will be made available to participants two working days before the course.


Please be aware that this course is now full.