. Audiences, participants and public/s When many people first think about communicating their research they can sometimes be motivated by the desire to reach ‘the general public’. In fact, in research communication settings, as in many others, it has become uncommon to refer to a singular public; rather, it is recognised that participants in research communication come from a variety of backgrounds, communities, experiences and perspectives, and the idea of one exclusive and singular public is therefore problematic. In the past many researchers and communicators
Considering how to communicate your research or engage others with the latest science, social science or humanities research? This book explores new and emerging approaches to engaging people with research, placing these in the wider context of research communication. Split into three sections, Creative Research Communication explores the historical routes and current drivers for public engagement, before moving on to explore practical approaches and finally discussing ethical issues and the ways in which research communication can contribute to research impact.
Starting from the premise that researchers can and ought to participate in the public sphere, this book provides practical guidance and advice on contributing to political discourse and policymaking, as well as engaging the public where they are (whether that is at the theatre, at a music festival or on social media). By considering the plurality of publics and their diverse needs and interests, it is quite possible to find a communications niche that neither offers up bite-sized chunks of research, nor conceptualises the public as lacking the capacity to consider the myriad of issues raised by research, but explains and considers thoughtfully the value of research endeavours and their potential benefits to society.
It’s time for researchers to move away from one-size fits all, and embrace opportunities for creative approaches to research communication. This book argues for a move away from metrics and tick box approaches and towards approaches that work for you, as an individual researcher, in the context of your own discipline and interests.
This chapter will focus on ethics from a broad perspective, considering two main approaches. Firstly, the chapter will consider ethics from a communication and engagement standpoint, how to engage with participants ethically, incorporate informed consent procedures, consider any data that are collected, used and stored, give participants access to further information and follow any relevant ethical guidelines. Secondly, the chapter will explore wider questions regarding the ethics of communication and participation. Is communication about research just
Introduction In an increasingly mediated society, the importance of discovery and questioning of the mundane becomes vital to ground actions, individually and collectively, in alternative ways. Memory Work is an approach developed to help explore the mundane by problematising the things we take for granted. Through recalling and documenting stories of memories and experiences, participants, researchers and research-subjects are invited to look for variety – in one's own stories as well as in relation to the stories of the others – regarding
Introduction This chapter explores the watery and water-based method of (self) interviews at sea, through the example of surfing. An interview with a view, whereby participants are given a surfboard with a waterproof camera and question sheet attached to it. Allowing the researcher to investigate certain topics, while also observing the surfer in situ, this method has been used in an attempt to better understand everyday human–water relations or, more specifically, human surfer–water relations. For surfers, who are most at home in their
-making individuals, with their own creaturely perspectives on the world. In a sense, ethnography involves simply ‘gathering whatever data are available to throw light on the emerging focus of enquiry’ (Hammersley and Atkinson, 2007 : 3), although in practice ethnography usually draws on a combination of participant observation (semi-structured or informal) interviews and analysis of documentary data. In participant observation, the researcher immerses themselves in the everyday world they are studying, in the hopes of gaining a rich understanding of people's lives. This
, 2005 ). However, I am interested in the use of the term ‘everynight’ as deployed earlier by Malbon ( 1999 ) in his ethnography of clubbing and dancing bound up with the consumption of ecstasy, to denote the regular, routine and ordinary aspects of nights out for participants in his study. When researching young people's everynight lives, I am particularly interested in their diverse im/mobilities (e.g. walking, dancing, taxi journeying), bound up with alcohol consumption, through unspectacular and ordinary spaces including home, streets, parks and car parks
discussion. (Coleman 2004 : 6) For example, Janssen and Kies have argued that whether the online discussion space is real-time (chat-rooms) or asynchronous (email lists; newsgroups; bulletin boards; forums) has a substantial effect on the way that citizens interact. They argue: It is generally recognized that the former are spaces of encounter that attract small talk and jokes, while the latter constitutes a more favourable place for the appearance of some form of rational-critical form of debate since it allows participants to spend more time to think
and accompanied journeys in Wollongong, Australia. Through this methodological approach we hoped to better understand the context of the participant by sharing the experience and acquiring a sample of the emotional state in situ . Such co-present immersion in taken-for-granted everyday experiences provides a platform for research to deliver more than narrative commentary on inequality and injustice. In this sense, the discussions herein speak to wider debates around methodology, mobility and everyday life. The chapter focuses on mobile methods and mundanity
different methods which invariably attempt to ‘keep up’ with the practices being studied through tracing, tracking and moving-with. Inspired by the methodological developments of the mobilities turn, I have experimented with GAI and MVE as possible tools to access and engage with running practices in situ. In the simplest sense, GAIs are interviews conducted on the move with participants. This often involves the researcher participating in the practice being studied and experiencing the places and spaces within which a practice may take place (Anderson, 2004