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Researching children and terrorism: the pros and woes of building an original dataset

In September 2021, Cressida Dick, then-Metropolitan Police Commissioner, warned of children forming a "new generation of extremists" in the United Kingdom. Her comment came in …

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What do we mean by impact in the context of participatory research?

What do we mean by "impact" in the context of participatory research? What does impact mean to the people who participate in our research? What methods …

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The role of participatory research in influencing policy

This blog post engages with some of the questions prompted by the first Critical Conversations session of 2023, which focused on influencing policy. Following last …

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Screening the Social: on filmmaking and methods

On 13 to 24 November 2023, a new online film festival will showcase over 20 films, all of which have emerged from social research projects. The …

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Has anyone asked the children? Bringing young people’s voices into dialogue with policy

Children, or rather topics about children, continue to overshadow the post-pandemic media, policy and political landscape. Recent news articles include “Britain's schools attendance crisis: MPs call …

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Sharing code in secure research data labs: good practice and practicalities

In 2021, I led a session at the 2021 Research Methods e-Festival, which had its roots in an earlier joint ONS-UKDS #LoveYourCode2020 workshop. This …

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Screening Tarma In Sierra Leone: The role of film in interdisciplinary discussions on epidemic response

In March 2023, in a crowded church hall turned into a cinema for the evening, community members from across Kambia District in northern Sierra Leone, congregated …

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Navigating uncertainty: The role of north-south research partnerships in Ethiopia’s education response to COVID-19

Uncertainty was a critical issue throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. When it comes to responding to complex problems posed by the pandemic, north-south research partnerships have an …