Connected Communities Foundation Series


This series of reviews commissioned by and developed within the Connected Communities Programme sets out to make visible a number of different traditions of collaborative research.


The Series aims to:
– help those who are new to the field to understand the huge wealth of history and resources that they might draw upon when beginning their own research collaborations;
– help those who seek to fund and promote collaborative research to understand the philosophical and political underpinnings of different traditions; and
– support those working in different traditions to identify points of commonality and difference in their methods and philosophies as a basis for strengthening the practice of collaborative research as a whole.


Download the series flyer: Connected Communities Foundation Promo Flyer  (pdf, 488kb)


Co-Design as Collaborative Research


Theodore Zamenopoulos and Katerina Alexiou discuss the field of co-design and its underpinning theories and methods.

Co-Design as Collaborative Research (pdf, 1053kb)


Collaborative Research: History From Below

This review by Kevin Myers and Ian Grosvenor discusses the long tradition of ‘history from below’ as a collaborative enterprise between researchers, archivists, curators, teachers, enthusiasts, local historians, archaeologists and researchers.

Collaborative Research: History From Below (pdf, 1283kb)


Co-producing Knowledge Online

Chiara Bonacchi explores how the internet is enabling new forms of collaborative knowledge production at a massive scale.

Co-producing Knowledge Online (pdf, 831kb)


Everything and Nothing is up for Grabs: Using Artistic Methods Within Participatory Research

Steve Pool, community artist and academic, reflects on the related but different traditions of community arts as they might relate to social science research.

Everything and Nothing is Up for Grabs (pdf, 2254kb)


More-than-Human Participatory Research 

Tehseen Noorani and Julian Brigstocke provide an exploration of the practice and philosophy of ‘more-than-human research’ which seeks to build collaborative research with non-human/more-than-human others.

More Than Human Participatory Research (pdf, 1287kb)


Participatory Action Research: Towards a More Fruitful Knowledge

Tom Wakeford and Javier Sanchez Rodriguez, from a perspective both inside and outside the academy, make visible the traditions of participatory action research that have evolved in social movements and their interaction with academic knowledge.

Participatory Action Research (pdf, 1050kb)


Redistributing Power?: A Poetics of Participation in Contemporary Arts

Anne Douglas’ review offers a ‘poetics of participation in contemporary arts’, locating the turn to participation in contemporary arts within a wider history of 20th and 21st century arts and politics.

Redistributing Power? (pdf, 3389kb)


A Cat’s Cradle of Feminist and other Critical Approaches to Participatory Research 

Niamh Moore’s review highlights the strategic contributions made to participatory research through the traditions of feminist and indigenous methodologies.

A Cat’s Cradle of Feminist and other Critical Approaches (pdf, 1955kb)