- Concha Maiztegui, University of Deusto
- Sónia Pereiro, IGOT-Universidade de Lisboa
- Diana Mata-Codesal, Pompeu Fabra University
The IMISCOE research group “Migrants and Social Organisations” aims to bring together researchers and stakeholders in the area of migration studies to discuss the application of participatory research, challenges and obstacles in the field for this methodology, and how to transform research into knowledge.
The process of participatory methods questions the relationship between researchers, participants, institutions and others stakeholders (such as artist or volunteers) involved in research processes. Bringing together academic researchers, community researchers and other stakeholders (as artists, institutions or volunteers), the research group creates a space for interdisciplinary discussion around the value of participatory mechanisms in research projects. At the same time this research group aims to provide visibility to the growing network of scholars interested in participatory approaches in migration research.
Increasingly so, different institutions are currently promoting participation and societal involvement in research. There has been however little discussion on how participation is actually understood and the limits and challenges or participatory research projects. This workshop wants to redress such lack of reflexivity by providing a space for interdisciplinary discussion around the value of participatory mechanisms in research projects. Particularly with research on migration related topics, being migration a highly political and societal sensitive issue, the participation of different agents and the engagements beyond Academia are of particular relevance.
To accomplish those goals this research group sets outs the following agenda:
- To prepare focused meetings and workshops (from and within IMISCOE) to work on the challenges of participatory research
- To create a platform for future collaborations and information exchange via yahoo: https://uk.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/participamethods/info
- To prepare publications from existing knowledge on those topics.
- To develop analysis and dissemination regarding non-conventionally formatted data particularly in the context of artistic and other non-textual interactions
In the somewhat longer run, we have the following objectives:
- To generate a critical mass of researchers so that we could incubate large projects
- To publish a special issue of Participative methods in Migration Studies or a book, consisting of theoretical approaches, creative methodological thinking and empirical studies
From 2015 Migrants and Social Organisations research group developed the following activities:
- A roundtable on Participatory Methods in Migration Research took place in IMISCOE 2017 Conference in Rotterdam. This provided space for six short presentations of different participatory projects, leading to an informed discussion on topics which were summarized and socialized among the panel organizers, participants and attendees. Based on the discussions held in Rotterdam, in IMISCOE 2018 Conference in Barcelona, we plan to further the discussion by fine-tuning central concepts, linking with broader theoretical strands and delving on identified common cross-cutting topics in participatory projects in migration research.
- A day workshop in Bilbao, Spain (10th November 2016) aimed to congregating researchers and stakeholders interested in issues related to our group. This workshop untitled “Metodologías participativas: hacer, expresarse e investigar”. “Participatory methodologies: do, express and investigate”. One of the central goal of this initative was to discuss future endeavours, including the partnership collaboration and the discussion of possible themes to be developed in future events.
- Panel on the 12th annual conference in Geneva, with the title: “Researching with and through migrants’ associations and relevant social organisations: a methodological reflection”.
If you have experience on participatory methods and wish to take part on the research group, please send an email to the coordinators: