Participatory Geographies: Academia and Activism

There is an increasing interest within human geography of grounding our research in the real world, particularly within the context of social justice. The resurgence of equality and liberation movements in both everyday spaces and academic circles has become increasingly visible. This is becoming progressively more visible within the discipline, reviving geographies of lived experience through immersion of the researcher in the world, producing work with an overt political agenda.

This session aims to engage with debates about participatory approaches to research, the experiences of undertaking participatory research, and the challenges that emerge throughout the process.

This session is aimed at those using participatory geographies to expand the scope of academic work and to have real world impacts created by working with the people we research. The session is interested in papers including, but not limited to:

  • Innovative participatory methods;
  • Experience of, and reflections on, the process of participatory research;
  • The criticality of research dissemination outside of the university;
  • The ethical considerations and implications of participatory research;
  • How important is the relationship between academics and activists in research?

Abstract submission:

Please email prospective contributions or any queries to Catherine Oliver ( The deadline for submission is Sunday 14th February 2016.  Please include:

  • A title for your presentation;
  • An abstract of max 150 words;
  • Your name, affiliation and contact details (email address).