This session will give a brief overview of the history of participatory research, followed by consideration of the various ways in which it is understood and undertaken. Drawing upon two extensive systematic reviews, there will be a discussion about the nature of participation within participatory research, which will then be exemplified with tales and findings from two large scale participatory projects.


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Rix, Jonathan, et al. “Taking risks to enable participatory data analysis and dissemination: a research note.” Qualitative Research (2020): 1468794120965356.

Hayhoe (2020) The while of participation: A systematic review of participatory research involving people with sensory impairments and/or intellectual impairments, Disability & Society, 35:7, 1031-1057, DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2019.1669431

S2_Participatory research – Jonty Rix