UK team deliver training on action research and participatory approaches
Ben Fagan-Watson, Dr Isis Nunez-Ferrera and Dr. Kevin Burchell delivered a training on action research and participatory approaches for our South African partners and a multidisciplinary group of colleagues from faculties across University of Westminster. The training outlined the theoretical foundations of action research and ethical implications of this approach while giving some practical guidance on how to ‘co-produce’ knowledge with community members, professionals, policymakers and service providers. A wide variety of issues were explored, based on the team’s experience in the fields of architecture, urban development and environmental issues. Different tools were discussed and simulated with the participants, using real case studies based on previous and current projects, including urban resilience and community adaptation, housing and slum upgrading and service provision.