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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)

Seeing Conflict at the margins
Building Sustainable Inclusion: From Intersecting Inequalities to Accountable Relationships
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Inclusion Works

The Inclusion Works programme is testing innovative ways to improve economic empowerment and inclusion for people with disabilities, enabling them to find employment and earn a living. Launched in June 2019, Inclusion Works runs in Bangladesh, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda. Funded by UK aid, the...



Jackie Shaw’s recent work