Participatory Action Research (PAR): Equitable Partnerships and Engaged Research - Online


03/08/2022 - 04/08/2022

Organised by:

University of Liverpool


Kim Ozano and Laura Dean


Entry (no or almost no 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. 


Course Content:

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
  • 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


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 • £150 per day for all other participants Fees include event materials and morning and afternoon refreshments. For lunch arrangements please refer to the main course listing at They do not include travel and accommodation costs. 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.

Website and registration:


North West


Participatory Research, Action Research, Mixed Methods Approaches (other), Participatory Action Research

Related publications and presentations:

Participatory Research
Action Research
Mixed Methods Approaches (other)

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