Offering a critical examination of the nature of co-produced research, this important new book draws on materials and case studies from the ESRC funded project ‘Imagine – connecting communities through research’. Outlining a community development approach to co-production, which privileges community agency, the editors link with wider debates about the role of universities within communities. With policy makers in mind, contributors discuss in clear and accessible language what co-production between community groups and academics can achieve. The book will be valuable for practitioners within community contexts, and researchers interested in working with communities, activists, and artists.
“The text helpfully outlines key learning, much of which is methodological. This is a key strength of the book, not just because this contributes to academic debate, but also it helps others in their practice of co-produced research.” Research Matters
"This coherent and stimulating book brings academic and community perspectives together detailing the challenges and opportunites faced in mobilising multiple knowledges through a community development approach." Irene Hardhill, Professor of Public Policy, Northumbria University
Sarah Banks is co-director, Centre for Social Justice and Community Action and Professor, School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University, UK. She teaches and researches on professional ethics, community development and youth work.
Angie Hart is the Academic Director of the Community University Partnership Programme at the University of Brighton. She is also Professor of Child, Family and Community Health in the School of Health Sciences.
Kate Pahl is a Professor of Literacies in Education at the University of Sheffield. She works with communities to look at writing and cultural experiences.
Paul Ward is Professor of modern British history at the University of Huddersfield, and is author of four books, including Britishness since 1870 (Routledge, 2004).
Chapter 1: Co-producing research: A community development approach, Sarah Banks, Angie Hart, Kate Pahl, Paul Ward
Part I: Forming communities of inquiry and developing shared practices
Chapter 2: Between research and community development: Negotiating a contested space for collaboration and creativity, Sarah Banks, Andrea Armstrong, Anne Bonner, Yvonne Hall, Patrick Harman, Luke Johnston, Clare Levi, Kath Smith and Ruth Taylor
Chapter 3: A radical take on co-production? Community partner leadership in research, Susanne Martikke, Andrew Church and Angie Hart
Chapter 4: Community-university partnership research retreats: a productive force for developing communities of research practice, Josh Cameron, Bev Wenger-Trayner, Etienne Wenger-Trayner, Angie Hart, Lisa Buttery, Anne Rathbone, Elias Kourkoutas and Suna Eryigit-Madzawamuse
Part II: Co-creating through and with the arts
Chapter 5: How does arts practice inform a community development approach to the co-production of research? David Bell, Steve Pool, Kim Streets, Natalie Walton with Kate Pahl
Chapter 6: Co-designing for a better future: re-making co-production, Prue Chiles with Louise Ritchie and Kate Pahl
Chapter 7: On not doing co-produced research: the methodological possibilities and limitations of co-producing research with participants in a prison, Elizabeth Hoult
Part III: Co-producing outputs
Chapter 8: Co-production as a new way of seeing: Using photographic exhibitions to challenge dominant stigmatising discourses, Ben Kyneswood
Chapter 9: ‘Who controls the past controls the future’: Black history and community development, Shabina Aslam, Milton Brown, Onyeka Nubia, Natalie Pinnock-Hamilton, Elizabeth Pente, Mandeep Samra and Paul Ward
Conclusion: Imagining different communities and making them happen, Paul Ward, Sarah Banks, Angie Hart, Kate Pahl