Co-producing Research

A community development approach

This book shows how community groups can work in partnership with universities to imagine better futures and make them happen, co-producing knowledge to achieve positive change.

Restricted access

Offering a critical examination of the nature of co-produced research, this important new book draws on materials and case studies from the ESRC funded project ‘Imagine – connecting communities through research’. Outlining a community development approach to co-production, which privileges community agency, the editors link with wider debates about the role of universities within communities. With policy makers in mind, contributors discuss in clear and accessible language what co-production between community groups and academics can achieve. The book will be valuable for practitioners within community contexts, and researchers interested in working with communities, activists, and artists.

Sarah Banks is co-director, Centre for Social Justice and Community Action and Professor, School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University, UK. She teaches and researches on professional ethics, community development and youth work.

Angie Hart is the Academic Director of the Community University Partnership Programme at the University of Brighton. She is also Professor of Child, Family and Community Health in the School of Health Sciences.

Kate Pahl is a Professor of Literacies in Education at the University of Sheffield. She works with communities to look at writing and cultural experiences.

Paul Ward is Professor of modern British history at the University of Huddersfield, and is author of four books, including Britishness since 1870 (Routledge, 2004).

Author/Editor details at time of book publication.