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Rethinking Participatory Research in the Pandemic Era

Panelists: Alex A. Frediani, University College London, and Melanie Walker, University of the Free State

In these times of the pandemic, for us as academics, researchers and practitioners who are carrying out our work using participatory approaches, the lockdowns, restrictions on travel, connectivity problems, and the declining availability of stakeholders has serious implications for the quality and the validity of the participatory inquiries and outcomes of our projects.

Through this discussion, we wish to create a collective learning space to come out with options and alternatives that could be adopted to stay true to the principles and processes of participatory research in the pandemic era. What are the frameworks within the capability approach that enable us to understand the present crisis through participatory research? What have been the lived experiences of the researchers in taking forward their participatory work? Is there scope for methodological negotiations and alternatives that could be recommended for participatory researchers to be able to do justice to their research agenda and objectives?

HDCA Webinar Participatory Methods HDCA Videos
122 minutes

Exploring COVID from an Indigenous People perspective

Covid 19 has highlighted inequalities that have led to drastically different outcomes for different demographics. Some will be able to work from home, others will need to remain at work and clearly at a higher risk. In the black men have been found to be several times more likely to die from the illness than their white counterparts. Across the world the impact of the illness will play into existing inequalities.
In the midst of the crisis, some of the largest protests seen in the US in half a century have flared up over police violence towards black citizens. Many consider this a potential moment for change towards more just structures.
Demands for a more just environment have been called of, and a reconstruction of social systems which many argue reproduces injustice. This discussion asks how we can understand this through a capabilities lens. The panellists are all thinkers who have used the capability approach extensively.
Information on panelists can be downloaded as a pdf file

HDCA Webinar 2020 Indigenous Peoples HDCA Videos
90 minutes

Capabilities and Covid-19

Panelists: Sakiko Fukuda-Parr (The New School), Sophie Mitra (Fordham University). Sridhar Venkatapuram (King’s College London)

How can a Capabilities framework help us to understand how CoVid-19 is affecting communities differently, and why? How will the Covid-19 crisis be affected by pre-existing inequalities and how will it create inequalities? During a crisis for existing economies, with ecological challenges ahead, can the Capabilities framework offer an alternative outlook as to the way forward from this crisis?

HDCA Webinar HDCA Videos
85 minutes
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