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Jackie Shaw

Research Fellow

Jackie Shaw’s expertise lies in the use of visual methods to structure and mediate participatory action research, community development and social learning processes.

Jackie is a skilled participatory facilitator, project leader, senior lecturer, international consultant and multi-disciplinary social researcher, with more than thirty years experience in a wide range of community, development, and health contexts. From 1984 she pioneered participatory video practice both as founding director of Real Time, a leading UK exponent, and co-author of Participatory Video (1997) the first definitive guide.

Her work has prioritised collaborations with the most marginalised and disadvantaged communities, such as people living in poverty, refugees, people with disabilities and mental-ill-health, elderly people, vulnerable women, sexual minorities and homeless people. Jackie has provided tailored practitioner training and accompaniment input for professional groups, NGOs and communities in the UK and internationally since 1990.

She has taught qualitative and quantitative research methods for 20 years, including leading innovative action research and reflective practice assignments. She has also contributed to Masters courses at LSE in Health, Community and Development, Health Communications and Critical approaches to Development Communications for the Social Psychology and Media and Communication departments, and for the University of Reading’s Video and Development Masters.

As a leading contributor to growing criticality in the field, Jackie has influenced international practice. Her PhD built nuanced understanding of the tensions of participatory video in context, and she has extended methodology to address ethical risks and to drive longer-term and iteratively evolving processes. The purpose is to work towards increased influence for excluded groups.

As convenor of the Participate visual methods programme (2012-14) she worked with partners in India, the Palestinian West Bank, Kenya, and the Philippines to bring the reality of poverty to UN decision makers during post-2015 deliberations. Following this she worked with Reality Check Indonesia (2014-15) to integrate video dairies, participatory video processes, and policy influencing production in their work.

Prior to working at IDS Jackie was a Research Associate in the Politics, Development and Sustainability Group at RHUL developing research on pathways towards social accountability. Her current research focuses on how visual processes can evolve to build more inclusive and equitable relationships within and across communities and between marginalised groups’ and influential decision makers.

Languages English; Chinese; Bulgarian (conversational)

Jackie Shaw’s recent work