Jackie Shaw

Jackie Shaw

Research Fellow

Jackie Shaw is a social psychologist with key expertise in the use of visual and performative methods to drive and mediate participatory action research, community development and social change processes.

Her research contributes critical insight on navigating the intrinsic tensions to build contextualised pathways to inclusion and influence from the social margins. She prioritises collaboration with disadvantaged and stigmatised groups, including women, people with disabilities, people who are homeless, refugees or nomadic, and others facing insecurity or discrimination due to ethnicity, sexuality, caste/class, health status, economics or geography.

Jackie is currently Research Fellow in the Participation, Inclusion and Social Change Cluster, and IDS Research Ethics Convenor. Having worked for more than thirty years in a diverse range of community, international development and health contexts, she is an experienced participatory facilitator, consultant, project leader, senior lecturer and multi-disciplinary researcher. From 1984 she pioneered participatory media practices both as founding director of Real Time, a leading UK exponent, and co-author of Participatory Video (1997) the first definitive guide. Jackie’s PhD built nuanced understanding of practice realities, and she aims to stimulate critical reflection on the possibilities, challenges and ethics of visual and performative approaches (e.g. Shaw 2017, 2016).

Jackie convened the Participate visual methods programme (2012-14), which collaborated in 30 countries to bring the reality of poverty into UN deliberations, and influenced the SDG call to leave no-one behind. Her current research uses evolving visual processes to build more inclusive dialogue and relationships within and across communities and between marginalised groups and influential stakeholders. She recently led research in Kenya and Indonesia on pathways towards social accountability (Making All Voices Count 2016-17), and co-led British Academy research on tackling exclusion by exploring how to navigate from understanding intersecting inequalities to accountable relationships in Egypt, Ghana, India, South Africa and Uganda. She is currently supporting Kenyan partners to apply participatory video processes and video-mediated dialogue to explore conflict in ‘green’ resource development contexts (Seeing Conflict at the Margins), and is working on 2 disability research programmes – Disability Inclusive Development (DID) and Inclusion Works.

Jackie also has a long-track record in teaching and learning. Since 1990, she has provided practitioner and research training for professionals, community groups, and civil society and governmental organisations globally.  She has taught on and directed qualitative and quantitative research methods programmes since 1995. Prior to teaching and supervising Master’s and PhD students at IDS, she contributed at LSE to Health, Community and Development, Health Communications and Critical Approaches to Development Communications Masters, and to the University of Reading’s Video and Development programme. She currently supervises PhD student Dilmurad Yusupov and welcomes potential students interested in using visual methods or PAR for community engagement, grounded research, collective action and to drive progressive power-shifting processes towards inclusion.

Languages English; Chinese; Bulgarian (conversational)

Video links

Beyond Despair Co-constructed with displaced residents living near the Ol Karia geothermal development in Kenya’s Rift Valley involved following participatory video processes

Building Sustainable Inclusion From the project: Navigating the Pathways from Intersecting inequalities to Accountable Relations

What’s the message The purpose of video-mediated messages from marginalised groups. From the project: Pathways to accountability for marginalised communities – negotiating extended video

Working together for change From the project: Participate

Seeing Conflict at the margins
Building Sustainable Inclusion: From Intersecting Inequalities to Accountable Relationships
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Healing Justice as a Framework for Feminist Activism in Africa

Healing justice is an emerging political organising framework that aims to address the systemic causes of injustice experienced by marginalised peoples due to the harmful impacts of oppressive histories, intergenerational trauma, and structural violence. It recognises that these damaging...


Better Assistance in Crises (BASIC) Research

The intersection of protracted conflict and displacement with recurring climate shocks, alongside the shifting nature of humanitarian responses, presents multiple challenges for how to provide social assistance more effectively in protracted crises. BASIC (Better Assistance in Crises) Research...


Inclusive Futures

Inclusive Futures is a Consortium programme of 16 global partners, led by Sightsavers, focussing on advancing the inclusion of people with disabilities. The project brings together a diverse range of NGOs and research centres with expertise in different areas. Together we're pooling our...


‘Seeing’ Conflict at the Margins in Kenya and Madagascar

In a context of unprecedented investment in natural resource developments, this project bridges the social sciences, the humanities and community-based participatory research to ask how different ‘communities’ of actors ‘see’ and experience resource conflicts in Kenya and Madagascar. We...


Impact Story

A pathway to include the most marginalised in policymaking

If the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are to be meaningful, the knowledge of people in the world’s most marginalised communities must be included and new understandings generated. To that end, we have seen encouraging signs in planning and policy circles in India, following an IDS-led...

30 August 2020


What does Covid-19 mean for people with disabilities?

The global Covid-19 pandemic has starkly exposed the fragility of our supposedly connected world. Everyone, including those who lead secure and comfortable lives, has been rapidly catapulted into health, social and economic challenges of exceptional scale and severity. However, what is clear...

Mary Wickenden
Mary Wickenden & 3 others

27 April 2020


Journal Article

Mainstreaming Disability Inclusive Employment in International Development

Journal of International Development 34.5

People with disabilities are under-represented in the global workforce, and this problem is often particularly acute in the ‘global south’. This special issue seeks to provide new perspectives on why this is the case and comprises seven papers focused on disability inclusive employment. We...

Mary Wickenden
Mary Wickenden & 3 others

5 July 2022

Journal Article

Lives Turned Upside Down in COVID-19 Times: Exploring Disabled People’s Experiences in 5 Low-and-middle Income Countries Using Narrative Interviews

This article explores COVID-19 related experiences of disabled people in Bangladesh, Kenya, Nigeria, Nepal and Uganda. Narrative interviews generated storied responses, focussing on respondents' priorities, which enabled us to hear what was most significant for them and their families. 143...

Mary Wickenden
Mary Wickenden & 3 others

30 September 2021

Jackie Shaw’s recent work

Past Event

Healing Justice as a radical approach to African feminist organising

Healing Justice is an emerging political organising framework that addresses the systemic injustice and intergenerational harm experienced by oppressed and marginalised peoples. This seminar presents insights from research that explored its relevance for feminist movement-building in different...

9 March 2023