International Action Research Conference

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Posted on 08 July 2013

Student and staff members of the RISS presented and facilitated a discussion group entitled 'Research ethics across the lifespan' at an international Doctoral Seminar on Action Research at Bristol University. Seven PhD and Masters students (Bushra Bibi, Dan Herron, Jane Jervis, Rebecca Laycock, Karen Pugh-Clarke, Mark Sparks, and Katie Wright-Bevans, pictured with supervisors Professor Sue Read, School of Nursing and Midwifery and Dr Helena Priest, School of Psychology) attended this international event.

This opportunity enabled students from Keele to work together with their supervisors to develop a discussion around their individual research areas whilst weaving the threads of ethics, relationships and reflections within and across their presentations. Part of the presentation included each individual selecting an object that best represented an element of their research journey, which produced some interesting representations.

The seminar was organised by visiting Fulbright Scholar, Professor Mary Brydon-Miller, from the University of Cincinnati, who has been working at Keele since January in the School of Psychology. There was an interesting eclectic mix of eminent researchers, students and clinicians from around the world (including Scandinavia, the USA and the UK) presenting workshops, papers and discussion groups in this three day event. The seminar explored a wide variety of research methods, user and carer engagement issues, ethical issues, and creative approaches to exploring sensitive research topics, all from an action research perspective. It was an excellent experience, where students were able to network and showcase their own research on an international stage.