Participation & Social Justice
Members of the Participation and Social Justice research group share a commitment to participation, social justice, transformation and a belief that all three should permeate the entire research process, from problem formulation through to the drawing of conclusions and on to the use of the results.
We are united in attempting to apply the following principles to all stages of a research project:
- Researchers not only have an academic responsibility but also a social responsibility. Researchers are committed to social justice and are aware of power differentials in the context of their research and use their research to promote greater social equality and justice
- All people have rights, including the right to be heard, the right to define the issues facing them and the right to take action on their own behalf. People also have the right to define themselves and not have negative labels imposed upon them. Researchers have a responsibility to respect those rights
- Interaction between researcher and participants is essential and this interaction requires understanding and trust. It is based on the belief that all people have skills, experience and understanding that they can draw from to tackle the problems they face
- The paradigm places central importance on the experiences of individuals who encounter/suffer discrimination or oppression.
Participation & Social Justice Research Group
Led by: Jennie Fleming
T: +44 (0)116 257 7873