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Online training
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08 Jun 2020 - 10 Jun 2020


10:30 am - 12:30 pm

ONLINE: Creative Research Methods Workshop

This training workshop has been organised by the Well-being, Health and Communities (WHC) Pathway, and is open to all ESRC and non-ESRC funded students from any of the seven interdisciplinary Pathways within the WRDTP partner universities.

This is an online training event taking place over 3 days. By booking onto this training you commit to attending all 3 training sessions (run 10.30am – 12.30pm daily), please do not book on if you intend to only attend one session.

The course introduces arts-based methods, research using technology, mixed methods, and transformative research frameworks such as participatory and activist research. Any or all of these techniques can be used alongside more conventional research methods. The morning will be made up of presentations and discussions including visual media; the afternoon will be hands-on time to try out several creative approaches (please see below for a full schedule of the day). Attention will be paid to ethical issues throughout. The day will include plenty of practical advice and tips on using creative research methods.


Session 1 (Monday 8th June): Overview of creative research methods; transformative research frameworks including feminist, activist, queer and asset-based research; Euro-Western and Indigenous research ethics (with small group sessions for exercises)

Session 2 (Tuesday 9th June): Arts-based, embodied, technology-based and multi-modal data gathering; arts-based, embodied, technology-based and multi-modal data analysis (with individual exercises)

Session 3 (Wednesday 10th June): Arts-based, embodied, technology-based and multi-modal research reporting; arts-based, embodied, technology-based and multi-modal presentation of findings (with exercises in pairs)

Workshop organiser

Dr Sue Caton

Research Fellow, Health, Psychology and Communities, Manchester Metropolitan University

As a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Change, my expertise is around qualitative research with vulnerable, at-risk or marginalised communities. I am particularly interested in research with people with learning disabilities, digital inclusion, inequalities and evaluation of community projects.

I am currently leading and working on a number of project that include:

Get SMART (Social Media Awareness and Resilience Training). Funder: ISD/Google Innovation Fund (2018) £32,371 Co-investigator
GM GOLD (Greater Manchester Growing Older with Learning Disabilities) (2018-20). Funder: Ambition for Ageing. £100K Co-investigator
Evaluation of ‘Let’s Have a Good Week’. (2018-20) Funder: Breakthrough UK/Big Lottery £5K Principal Investigator
Digital Inclusion for People with Learning Disabilities: A scoping review (2017-18). Internally funded. Principal Investigator

Prior to these projects, I have also worked on projects that have explored: dental care for homeless people, stroke survivors experiences of testing a haptic device designed to assist with symmetrical walking, healthy lifestyles for people with learning disabilities and the support staff that work with them, NHS provision of COPD services, witness support and community safety. I have also carried out a number of systematic literature reviews including: mindfulness and people with learning disabilities, social media use for people with learning disabilities, prehabilitation and assisted conception and management of depression in older people with osteoarthritis.

Workshop leader

Dr Helen Kara

Independant Researcher/ Author

Dr Helen Kara has been an independent researcher since 1999 and also teaches research methods and ethics. She is not, and never has been, an academic, though she has learned to speak the language. In 2015 Helen was the first fully independent researcher to be conferred as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She is also an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research, University of Manchester. She has written several books and journal articles on research methods and ethics, including Creative Research Methods in the Social Sciences: A Practical Guide (2015, Policy Press).

This training session is open to all Social Science Research students however is most suited to those in their MA year or 1st year of PhD study.

There are 35 places available on this training workshop

This training session will be delivered via Blackboard Collaborate. The link to this event will be sent to students who book on via the booking form below.

PLEASE NOTE: Our online training sessions will be recorded and will be available on the VIRE in an edited format for those students who cannot attend. If you wish to join this session but do not wish for your contributions to be included in the edited VIRE resource, please inform the team via Address your email as “*Training session name* *your name* removal from recorded session.”