The Participation and Social Justice Research Group is made up of people from the School of Applied Social Science who have a strong track record of attracting funding for research.
All members share a commitment to participation, social justice and transformation, and a belief that all three should permeate the entire research process, from problem formulation to the drawing of conclusions to the use of the results. We do this through a commitment to partnership working and to the active involvement of people in decisions concerning their communities, services and lives.
We have a particular commitment to emancipatory and empowerment approaches to research and maximizing the involvement of community members, young people and service users.
Key Areas of Expertise:
- Youth Participation
- Person centred services
- Community and restorative justice
- Participation and education
- Public and patient involvement in research
- Social capital and community cohesion
- Partnership working
- Health inequalities
- International social work.
Notable Projects Include:
- Supporting LGBT people with cancer (2012) as ESRC fundedknowledge exchange project in conjunction with Macmillan
- Amplified Resilient Communities (2010-13) funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation
- Consultancy for the Finnish Association of Caregiving Relatives and Friends on developing a Finnish National Carers Strategy (2011) Funded by Finnish Association of Caregiving Relatives and Friends
- International social work research supporting social workers in UK and South Africa undertake joint research projects (2010-2011) Funded by Skills for Care UK
- Shaping our Age, working in partnership with older people to enhance well-being (2009-14) Funded by the Big Lottery, in partnership with WRVS and Centre for Citizen Participation (Brunel University)
- Evaluation of the Royal St. Lucian Police Force new recruitment programme (2009-11)
- Standards We Expect, developing person centred support (2005-10) Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, in partnership with Shaping our Lives, Centre for Citizen Participation (Brunel University) and others.