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Hiding in the Pub to Cutting the Cord?

Hiding in the Pub to Cutting the Cord? was an interactive, innovative and multi-layered public engagement project. It involved a number of different elements and events, based on Laura King’s research into the history of fatherhood in Britain.

The Evaluation of the UCL Beacon

The Beacons for Public Engagement (BPE) were established as pilots to trial and test new approaches to public engagement within higher education institutions (HEI) and research centres. Evaluation and learning plays a role in the BPE programme. This Mini Story of Change outlines the lines of inquiry to evaluate UCL’s programme as part of the Beacons for Public Engagement (BPE) initiative.

Ethics case study: The Co-Inquiry Action Research Group

A co-inquiry action research (CAR) group comprising community partners and university researchers was established as part of a small research project funded by a UK research council. The research was a scoping study to be undertaken over eight months on the theme of ethics in community-based...

Ethics case study: The polyveg garden project

The polyveg garden project was a ‘one year trial’ participatory research project that involved 50 gardeners across the UK growing annual mixed vegetables using a polyculture approach.

Ethics case study: Catalyst! Citizens transforming society

Catalyst is a 3-year interdisciplinary research initiative funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) where community-academic partnerships explore how digital tools might facilitate social change by addressing three research goals.

Ethics case study: Keeping it fluid

This project, officially titled Building Adaptive Strategies for Environmental Change with Rural Land Managers, was a RELU-funded research project to develop and implement Participatory Action Research (PAR) in river catchment management. The PAR group consisted of social and physical geographers from Durham University, and members of the Lune Rivers Trust.

Ethics case study: In whose interest?

Debt on Teesside is a two-year collaborative action research project, which started in 2011, funded by a grant from the Northern Rock Foundation. It is a partnership between Thrive, a community organising venture based in Teesside operating under the aegis of Church Action on Poverty (CAP), and Durham University’s Centre for Social Justice and Community Action.