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Katy Oswald

Research Officer

Katy Oswald is a Senior Research Officer in the Power and Popular Politics Cluster. She is also a Psychotherapist in-training. Her teaching and research interests lie in the interplay between subjective/psychological understandings of personal and social change, and how power shapes (and is shaped by) individuals and society.

Katy is interested in how a more inter-disciplinary approach to research and teaching can expand our understanding of how change happens, and contribute to progressive social change. She teaches on the ‘Power and Social Perspectives on Development’ module in the autumn term, and co-convenes and teaches on the ‘Reflective and Creative Practice and Social Change’ module in the spring term. She is an experienced facilitator of participatory action learning/research.

Katy Oswald’s recent work


Engaged Excellence in Development Studies

An important question for schools of Development Studies (DS) is how to undertake research that is both rigorous in its own right, and relevant and useful to those whose lives and futures are potentially affected by the new evidence, insights and concepts it generates. In other words, how do we...

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Katy Oswald & 2 others

8 January 2019

Journal Article

Engaged Excellence


Who defines what good quality research is? How, why and who should we co-construct knowledge with? What counts as impact? How do we build enduring partnerships? The articles in this IDS Bulletin aim to answer these questions based on IDS’ approach of ‘engaged excellence’.

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Melissa Leach & 2 others

19 December 2016


Interrogating an Engaged Excellence Approach to Research

IDS Evidence Report 214

In recent years several debates have emerged about how to make academic research more ‘engaged’. The motivation for these debates has varied from a recognition that engagement can help increase the impact of research, to normative arguments that research needs to engage with those it seeks...

1 December 2016

Journal Article

Author Reflections

IDS Bulletin Vol. 43 Nos. 3

This article is made up of a few individual reflections from the authors of articles in this IDS Bulletin on why they used action research approaches and/or some of the critical issues that they see as important.

1 May 2012