Past Event

Participation research week

Global launch of the SAGE Handbook of Participatory Research and Inquiry

20 September 2021 14:00–15:00

Attend via Zoom

Join the editors of the first ever SAGE Handbook of Participatory Research and Inquiry that provides the most comprehensive source of contemporary, cutting-edge approaches to participatory research methods and design, as well as the foundations of participatory research and critical practice issues.

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From climate change to extreme poverty or social exclusion, participatory processes are vital to help better understand complex challenges, build solidarity and effect change. The new SAGE Handbook of Participatory Research and Inquiry explores further why participatory methods are needed, who they benefit and the real-world contexts they can apply to.

This will be a key moment in bringing together the participatory research community whose work over the past 20 years has contributed to this critical mass of knowledge, with the next generation of  participatory researchers who want to carry the torch for this growing movement.

Including 71 chapters by 150 authors from a wide variety of disciplines the handbook covers the tools for inclusive, action-orientated research for social change and new ways for researchers and social activists globally to engage the most marginalised.

This is the first event in our Participation Research Week series of events from running from 20 to 24 September.


Peter Taylor, Director of Research, IDS


  • Danny Burns, IDS Research Fellow
  • Jo Howard, IDS Research Fellow
  • Sonia M. Ospina, Professor of Public Management and Policy, NYU

Breakout room facilitators (Handbook section head editors)

  • Will Allen, Consultant
  • Marina Apgar, IDS Research Fellow
  • Pauline Oosterhoff, IDS Research Fellow
  • Tony Roberts, IDS Research Fellow
  • Mary Brydon-Miller, Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development, University of Louisville
  • Alfredo Ortiz, Associate Professor, Dreeben School of Education, University of the Incarnate Word
  • Mariana de Santibañes, fourth-year candidate in Wagner’s doctoral program, NYU Wagner
  • Tessa Lewin, IDS Research Fellow
  • Jackie Shaw, IDS Research Fellow

Event format

14:00 to 14:05: Welcome and introductions from the Chair: Peter Taylor, Director of Research, IDS

14:05 to 14:15: General introduction to the Handbook with Danny Burns

14:15 to 14:30: Panel discussion with the Handbook editors: Danny Burns, Jo Howard and Sonia M. Ospina

14:30 to 14:50: Break out rooms
These breakout groups are ‘taster sessions’ for the main events happening during the rest of the week. You can choose which breakout room you wish to join when the meeting starts.

  • Room 0 (main room): Key influences and critical issues (Danny Burns,
    Jo Howard and Sonia Ospina)
  • Room 1 (breakout): Dialogic (Mariana de Santibañes) and Action-oriented approaches (Mary Brydon-Miller and Alfredo Ortiz)
  • Room 2 (breakout): Digital technologies (Tony Roberts)
  • Room 3 (breakout): Participatory Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (Marina Apgar and Will Allen)
  • Room 4 (breakout): Visual and performative methods (Tessa Lewin and Jackie Shaw)
  • Room 5 (breakout): Mixed Methods (Pauline Oosterhoff)

14:50 to 15:00: Final plenary

Handbook discount

For those attending this event, will be given a 20% discount on the retail price of the handbook.

Key contacts

Joanna Howard

Research Fellow and Cluster Leader


Sonia M. Ospina

Professor of Public Management and Policy at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service



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