Participatory Action Research (PAR): Equitable Partnerships and Engaged Research - Online (join a waiting list)


01/07/2021 - 02/07/2021

Organised by:

Online run by University of Liverpool


Kim Ozano and Louise Hardwick


Intermediate (some prior knowledge)


Dr Billie-Gina Thomason

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Venue: Online


PAR aims to create a space for researcher and participants to co-produce knowledge and where relevant, action for change. PAR is considered as a research paradigm in itself, that embodies a particular set of concepts under which researchers operate (Minkler and Wallerstein 2008). These include respect for diversity, community strengths, reflection of cultural identities, power-sharing, and co-learning (Minkler 2000). In this session we will explore these principles, the cyclical approach to PAR and what this means in practice. Participants will be given the opportunity to learn terminology, understand participation in community engaged research, explore how power and positionality can change health outcomes in PAR, and learn about a variety of participatory methods and how they have been applied in different contexts, globally and within the UK. Participants will also be provided with the space to explore challenges they are facing in designing or implementing community engaged collaborative research within a discussion clinic forum. 


Learning Objectives:

Aim: To understand, apply and critique participatory research approaches that include equitable partnerships and engaged research including within global health


  • State and define the main concepts and principles of participatory research methods
  • Be able to choose, justify and apply participatory techniques to address community challenges
  • Identify and demonstrate awareness of the limitations and challenges of adopting a PAR orientation
  • Critique and analyse power and participation within PAR and the links with reflexivity and positionally


Course Content:

2-day structure as follows:

Preparation reading and videos shared beforehand

Morning online teaching and discussion with example videos and guests


The two day course will follow a similar time schedule across both days:

  • 9.15am-1pm Online activities (mixture of teaching and participatory activities)
  • 1-1.30pm Lunch
  • 1.30-2pm Independent study activity (mini photovoice project and literature reflection)
  • 2-3pm Group discussion in relation to the independent study activity
  • 3pm Finish


Day 1: The history of PAR and underpinning orientation.

  • Planning and setting up a PAR project
  • Skills required for a PAR study
  • Ethical considerations specific to a PAR study
  • Photovoice methodology
  • Independent activity
  • Group discussion 

Day 2:

  • Advice clinic
  • Participatory research methods (examples of other visual methods, social mapping, seasonal calendars and other non-visual methods but still participatory such as narratives)
  • Dissemination and writing for PAR projects – different approaches, narratives/thematic analysis, thesis, publications, policy briefs, blogs and others
  • Group discussion on pre-workshop task

Afternoon independent learning and practical exercises

  • Day 1: Photovoice activity and reflections
  • Day 2: Critical literature reflection and feedback

This will be a two half day course

Preparatory Reading:

Horner, Lindsey, K. 2016. Co-constructing Research: A Critical Literature Review. AHRC Available on-line:  

ICPHR position papers

Photovoice: A methodological guide

CBPR Video:



£30 per day for students registered at UK/EU University. £60 per day for staff at UK/EU academic institutions, UK/EU Research Councils researchers, UK/EU public sector staff and staff at UK/EU registered charity organisations and recognised UK/EU research institutions. £100 per day for all other participants

Website and registration:


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Participatory Research, Participatory Action Research (PAR), Action Research, Participatory Action Research (PAR), Community engaged research , Community based participatory research , Equitable partnerships and collaborative research , Visual methods , Global health research

Related publications and presentations:

Participatory Research
Participatory Action Research (PAR)
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