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PAD: Participatory Enquiry, Action Research and Democratic Methodologies

This research group is led by Charlotte Haines Lyon, Joan Walton and Matthew Reason.

Hosted by the Institute for Social Justice, this cross-school group will be a forum to discuss research and practice from a range of disciplines that locates itself within the venn diagram of participatory enquiry, action research and democratic methodologies.

It will be an opportunity to share practice and develop new collaborative research projects that seek to work with people in order to produce impactful research and innovative practice.

PAD will operate meet roughly twice a semester, mixing online Teams meetings with in person events.

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PAD welcomes members and prospective doctoral researchers interested in participatory and democratic methodologies and action research.

Our interests are primarily defined by these methodologies approaches, rather than research theme or disciplinary context. The group aims to be a supportive environment in which to share methodological questions, works in progress, developing ideas and more.

Research activity

Recent events

We ran a Democratic Methodologies Conversation day in November 2021. This was attended virtually by about 20 researchers around the globe including Bangladesh and Australia.

Group members

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Dr Charlotte Haines Lyon

Group Lead; Senior Lecturer

Joan Walton

Dr Joan Walton

Group Lead; Senior Lecturer

Staff profile

Professor Matthew Reason

Group Lead; Professor of Theatre and Performance

Natalie Quartermass

Postgraduate researcher

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Carole Pugh

Senior Lecturer

Janice Darkes-Sutcliffe

Postgraduate researcher

Ruth Lambley

Converge Evaluation and Research Team Coordinator

Dr Kyoungmi Kim


Matthew Green

Postgraduate researcher

Tina Masterman

Postgraduate researcher

Nicola Mcateer

Postgraduate researcher

Kathryn Lewis

Postgraduate researcher

Manjinder Jagdev

Senior Lecturer

Alice Little

Postgraduate researcher

Rachel Wicaksono

Dr Rachel Wicaksono

Head of the School of Education, Language and Psychology

Gary Shepherd

Dr Gary Shepherd


Mark Mierzwinski

Mark Mierzwinski

Senior Lecturer; Learning and Teaching Lead

Limor Augstin

Postgraduate researcher

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Dr Brett Heasman

Senior Lecturer

Alma Mason

Postgraduate researcher

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