NYU Wagner’s Sonia Ospina and UK Collaborators come out with SAGE Handbook of Participatory Research and Inquiry

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NYU Wagner’s Professor Sonia Ospina, along with Danny Burns and Jo Howard from the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) in the United Kingdom, are the coeditors of the just-published SAGE Handbook of Participatory Inquiry.

The Handbook arises from what Ospina, Professor of Public Management & Policy, describes as a “three-year labor of love.” It consists of 71 chapters about assumptions, challenges, stories, and how-to-tips on the practice of participatory research and inquiry around the world. The publication offers cutting-edge approaches for the community of researchers, professionals, and activists engaged in interventions and action for social transformation – and readers who are interested in understanding the state of the art in this domain.

Drawing upon a wide range of disciplines, and bringing together contributing authors from across the globe, this Handbook will be of interest to an international readership from across the broad spectrum of social sciences, including social policy, development studies, geography, sociology, criminology, political science, health and social care, education, psychology, business & management. It will also be an insightful and practical resource for facilitators, community workers, and activists for social change.

To spread the word, the Institute for Development Studies has organized for the week of September 20 a series of daily discussions on Zoom, each one a particular section of the publication. It begins with an overview on Monday, Sept. 20, at 9 a.m. (ET).( LINK TO REGISTER):

Participatory monitoring, evaluation and learning: Tacking stock and breaking new ground – Tuesday, Sept 21 -- 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET  (14:00-15:00 UK)  LINK TO REGISTER

Digital technologies in participatory research – Wednesday, Sept 22-- 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. ET. (12:30m-13:30 UK) LINK TO REGISTER

Action-oriented forms of participatory research – Thursday, Sept 23-- 10 a.m. to 11:30  a.m. ET, (15:00 – 16:30 pm UK)  - LINK TO REGISTER.

Mixing and mashing participatory with other research methods -   Sept 24 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. ET, (14:00-15 pm UK) LINK TO REGISTER

Other events will continue after the Participation week is over.  Specifically, be on the lookout for another event Professor Ospina will organize from the Wagner School in October, when the relevance of participatory research and inquiry for public management and policy, and the importance of dialogue in that context, will be discussed. Stay tuned!