Participatory Action Research (PAR): Equitable Partnerships and Engaged Research - online (fully booked)


20/04/2022 - 21/04/2022

Organised by:

University of Liverpool


Kim Ozano and Laura Dean


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. 

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

2-day structure as follows:

Preparation reading and videos shared beforehand

Morning online teaching and discussion with example videos and guests

  • 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
    • 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 and others that have been used)
    • 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

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

The course will run between 9:15 - 15:00 each day (delegates will be advised of precise timetable) and charged as 1.5 full days.


The fee per teaching day is £45 per day for students, £90 per day for staff working for academic institutions, Research Councils and other recognised research institutions, registered charity organisations and the public sector and £150 per day for all other participants. In the event of cancellation by the delegate a full refund of the course fee is available up to two weeks prior to the course. NO refunds are available after this date The University of Southampton’s Online Store T&Cs also continue to apply.


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Participatory Research, Participatory Action Research (PAR), Action Research, Participatory Action Research (PAR), Participant Recruitment, Qualitative Interviewing, Reliability, Participatory Action Research, Community Engaged Research, Participatory Methods, Community Based Participatory Research, Equitable Partnerships and Collaborative Research Action Research, Visual Methods, Global Health Research

Related publications and presentations:

Participatory Research
Participatory Action Research (PAR)
Action Research
Participatory Action Research (PAR)
Participant Recruitment
Qualitative Interviewing

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