Lead researchers from CCSE delivered a training event for PhD students from throughout Scotland, as part of the as part of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences and Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities interdisciplinary doctoral student training programme.

The event was co-ordinated by Professor Katarzyna Kosmala and aimed to introduce Participatory Methods and the Affective Domain: Walking, Documenting and Sensing as Practice. Lead Researchers Graham Jeffery, Professor David McGillivray, Professor Colin Clark and Dr Alison McCandlish all delivered sessions, along with colleagues from the School of Media Culture and Society; Dr Nicola Black, Elizabeth Gardiner, Iain McGillivray and Dr Tara Beall.

The training event built on UWS’s successful delivery of a Participatory Action Research (PAR) in the Field course for Spring into Methods in 2018. Staying within the participatory domain, with a particular emphasis on affective, sensory and embodied methods and their use for researchers, the course holds relevance within both the arts and humanities and social sciences.
The training programme combined a mix of classroom-based sessions and student-led discussions, working through scenarios, and networking and field trips, with a focus on embodied and affective ‘experience’ in action, to ensure the training was co-produced, focused on praxis as well as creative input and is enjoyable for all. A range of participatory methods employed by practice-based researchers on cultural heritage-related projects was also examined, with a particular focus on exploring challenges of researching with marginalized groups. There was also an interactive workshop discussing the importance of research ethics when undertaking participatory research.The field trips included:

• a walking tour of Paisley, discussing projects using mobile, sensory and affective methods undertaken as part of Paisley’s UK Capital of Culture bid,
• a psycho-geographic walk around Govan and its waterfront, visiting sites undergoing regeneration, including the historic Water Row (with links to Viking invasions), the A listed Graving Docks and the remaining Travelling Showmen’s yards.

Russell Institute. Paisley (example sight on the walking tour of Paisley)

The event has been conceived, designed and will be delivered by an interdisciplinary team drawn from Arts & Humanities as well as Social Sciences in the School of Media, Culture and Society at University of the West of Scotland.

View the course materials online here.

For details of the seven other training sessions held by other Universities and organisations in Glasgow and Edinburgh, see the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences website.