Welcome to Participants United

Participants United brought together researchers and community members from a range of projects. Click any the headers above for some of the key things we learnt together.

Introduction

Funded by the Connected Communities Programme, Participants United has brought together researchers and community members from a range of projects.

Academics researching into communities rarely engage with their subjects as equals. This failure exacerbates the common perception of an inexorable divide between the abstract world of ‘expert’ researchers and the ‘ordinary’, ‘everyday’ lives of their fellow citizens.

Pioneering research projects that do connect with local communities have demonstrated the value a shift towards more co-operative modes of inquiry  – known as co-inquiry for short. Policy makers benefit from having a richer and more comprehensive evidence base. At the same time, communities make valuable contributions to research on issues that urgently concern them.

Participants United has been a collaboration between a range of academics, activists and artists, including members of SPEAKS.