Changing Minds and Policy through Collaborative Research?

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Can collaborative research with marginalised communities be transformative, turning around unjust social relations, and supporting solidarity and rights in a practical sense? In this blog post, we (Jack Apostol, Helen Hintjens, Joy Melani and Karin Astrid Siegmann) reflect on this question based on our experience with the PEER approach, a participatory research methodology, that we used in a study on undocumented people’s access to healthcare in the Netherlands. The answer? We posit that the claim that social science methodologies can directly transform social realities, may be raising expectations too high, at least for the PEER approach. Yet, dissolving barriers between academic and non-academic knowers might be useful in itself, leading to greater respect for, and the amplification of the voices of marginalised people.

Period8 Jul 2022

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  • TitleChanging Minds and Policy through Collaborative Research?
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletblISS - The ISS Blog on Global Development and Social Justice
    Media typeOther
    Country/TerritoryNetherlands
    Date8/07/22
    DescriptionCan collaborative research with marginalised communities be transformative, turning around unjust social relations, and supporting solidarity and rights in a practical sense? In this blog post, we (Jack Apostol, Helen Hintjens, Joy Melani and Karin Astrid Siegmann) reflect on this question based on our experience with the PEER approach, a participatory research methodology, that we used in a study on undocumented people’s access to healthcare in the Netherlands. The answer? We posit that the claim that social science methodologies can directly transform social realities, may be raising expectations too high, at least for the PEER approach. Yet, dissolving barriers between academic and non-academic knowers might be useful in itself, leading to greater respect for, and the amplification of the voices of marginalised people.
    URLhttps://bliss8543.wpcomstaging.com/2022/07/08/transformative-methodologies-changing-minds-and-policy-through-collaborative-research/
    PersonsJack Apostol, Helen Hintjens, Joy Melani, Karin Astrid Siegmann