Authority Research Network: creative/performative approaches to democracy and authority research

Lead Research Organisation: University of Brighton
Department Name: Sch of Environment and Technology

Abstract

The ARN is a group of early career researchers who are involved in reinvigorating debates about authority. This involves thinking about the dynamic and creative ways in which authority is fostered and how it contributes to community life. The need to think about authority and how it operates is timely, as traditional authority structures are seen to have been eroded and there are calls to reinstate these (e.g. after the riots of summer 2011). Recent years have also seen a movement of authority away from the state and into the hands of private organisations such as credit agencies, disability assessors and other "big society" organisations. Policy moves (e.g. the Localism Act) that threaten existing state-led structures have exacerbated the need to think about new ways of understanding and building the social aspects of contemporary life, and provide alternatives to the state-community-individual model. The erosion of trust in traditional authority (family, banks) continues and contributes to these concerns. The ARN has worked together for 3 years, organising symposia, conference sessions, retreats and writing a special edition of the Journal of Power, an article for Critical Inquiry and a pamphlet on authority and participation to be used by community practitioners and participatory researchers.
The core network consists of early career academics working at Universities of Brighton (Leila Dawney), Bristol (Naomi Millner, Tehseen Noorani), Plymouth (Julian Brigstocke) Warwick (Claire Blencowe), Paraiba, Brazil (Aecio Amaral) and Bath Spa (Sam Kirwan). The project will extend this network to academic and non-academic participants working both in the UK and in Latin America, where similar concerns are being investigated in community and local political settings and where there is potential for research development and cross-fertilisation of ideas. The project builds on the work undertaken during 2 previous AHRC projects and takes up themes identified during these projects to build durable collaborations with new partners.
The project will involve two symposia: "spaces and aesthetics of authority" and "the making of the common". The latter explores the notion of the "common" in philosophical and theoretical writings, in order to consider the role of knowledge and authority in the production of a shared life. The former emerges from a previous AHRC network project where a focus on the experience of authority was found to be central to understanding how it works and how it is generated through performances and practices (Dawney, Blencowe et al. 2011).
The symposia provide an opportunity to get to grips with new concepts and collectively produce workable ways of using those concepts in research practice which will lead to the development of a major participatory research project. They will feed into two retreats, which will provide time and space for creative thinking, collaborative writing, engagement with texts and the development of concepts and approaches. These will be supported by a creative writing expert and a visual artist to facilitate the production of creative, communicable material to be used in the larger research project and by colleagues working in community settings.
Having found their methods successful for their own career development, the ARN are keen to promote their distinctive working methods (retreats, diagramming and collaborative writing) to PhD students. The project will therefore include events at doctoral training centres (e.g. ESRC funded doctoral training centre network).
These activities will be supported by an intuitive webspace that enables discussion and peer review and provides a platform to archive, collect and disseminate creative and academic work that will form the beginning of a clear area of study called "new authority studies". This will prepare the ground for the development of a significant research project that explores new articulations of authority in community settings.

Planned Impact

Impact 1: Policy makers, community practitioners and embedded researchers will be equipped with the knowledge and tools to both promote and foster forms of authority that work as a force for cohesive, resilient communities, and to resist those elements that may prove destructive. This will take place by developing an intellectually rigorous and theoretically informed understanding of the workings of authority in various social settings, as well as its changing and new articulations.
Impact 2: Academics will be better equipped to produce high-quality collaborative and participatory research through adoption of and experimentation with creative methods for concept development and for communication across academic boundaries, and between academics and non-academics.
The work of the ARN has identified a need to revitalise debates about authority in order to understand new and emerging forms of community life, non-dominating power and the democratisation of expertise, particularly in the context of the rolling back of state structures. The ARN has already made a significant contribution to theoretical and critical knowledge about authority and community production. This project will enable the movement of this knowledge from the academy into community settings through engaging with academics working with communities in the UK and in Latin America, and through recruiting community partners in order to develop a large-scale multi-sited research project investigating the diverse articulations of "new authority" in community and activist spaces. The project will create capacity for community organisations through focusing on the role that local knowledges can have in building community, and on actions that build and nurture authority as positive non-dominating power, as well as highlighting new marginalisations and new forms of domination that may emerge from the devolution of authority. Community partner meetings will feed into project development aiming to build capacity locally through experimenting with practices, knowledges and resource relations that produce and foster non-dominating authority relations.
Knowledge produced through this project can be drawn on by academics working with community partners, and will be communicated through 2 pamphlets, a website, a conference paper and 2 research papers. These will be distributed to colleagues working in community settings, on CCs projects, in Brazil, from community-university partnership programmes (CUPP, Univ. of Brighton) and contacts made through the activities of the network. Through these forms of dissemination, the project will act as a catalyst for new thinking about authority and community engagement. The emerging subdiscipline of 'New Authority Studies' will have an impact upon researchers in the humanities, social sciences and elsewhere.
This project contributes to the ongoing impact agenda by building bridges between theory and empirics and taking philosophical and theoretical concepts outside of the academy. It will provide a model of how theory can move into community settings through creative approaches such as diagramming, slow thinking and creative writing, and will be communicated to other academics who are wary of "crossing the bridge" between theoretical and community-focused research. Emerging researchers will be encouraged to adopt these ways of working and to participate in knowledge production through the 7 doctoral college talks. The ARN has historically used these methods as a means of developing theory and conceptual ideas, and this project moves this agenda forward by working with a creative writing practitioner and a visual artist to develop materials (self-published pamphlets) for participatory, experimental projects that will have a direct impact on both policy development and on the lives and practices of those people and places involved in this research. Pamphlets will be produced in both English and Portuguese.

Publications

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Blencowe Claire (2017) Problems of Hope

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Blencowe, C (2015) Space Power and the Commons

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Brigstocke J (2015) Occupy the Future

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Dawney L (2019) Decommissioned places: Ruins, endurance and care at the end of the first nuclear age in Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

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Dawney, L (2016) Space, Power and the Commons

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Uprichard E (2019) Data Diffraction: Challenging Data Integration in Mixed Methods Research. in Journal of mixed methods research

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Uprichard, E (2016) Data Diffraction: Challenging Data Integration in Mixed Methods Research in Journal of Mixed Methods Research

 
Title Babochka exhibition 
Description Babochka is an exhibition of photographs taken by Laurie Griffiths and Jonty Tacon. Leila Dawney was involved in the photographic shoot which took place on a collaborative field trip, using theoretical perspectives developed through the Authority Research Project networking project. Leila Dawney also wrote the two essays for the exhibition catalogue. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact The exhibition has had significant reach, and photographs from the collection have appeared at the Taylor Wessing portrait prize exhibition and the Royal Academy summer exhibition, as well as three smaller exhibitions of the work. 
URL http://www.babochka.co.uk/babochka-news-1/
 
Description The two themes of the network, "emergent authorities" and the "making of the common" have enabled deep conversations to develop between academics working in Europe, the USA and Latin America.

The "emergent authorities" theme has been expanded both within the network in terms of new theoretical work on political spirituality and on ritual, which have led to the development of the publication "Problems of Hope", and to a new teaching programme at the University of Warwick on mental health and community engagement, supported by an institute for advanced teaching and learning grant. It has also led to new collaborations between Dawney, Blencowe and Kirwan on debt and the authority of money, which has involved a Leverhulme Fellowship and an internally funded research grant at the University of Brighton.

Ideas connected to the theme of the "making of the common" have materialised as a recently published collection on the commons (Space, Power and the Commons, Routledge), edited by three members of the network, which has in turn led to a university funded PhD at the University of Brighton on this subject, and two new PhD students. Th project has enabled the network to set out a clear manifesto for the commons and for commoning and has shared this with colleagues and presented this work at conferences. This has fed into the Spatial, Cultural and Environmental Politics Research Centre at Brighton, where an event on commons and commoning is currently being planned.

During the first retreat in Sussex, creative methods for theory-building were developed that have helped the network think about the ways in which forms of contemporary power influence our experience of everyday life. This in turn led to our experimenting with ways of communicating these ideas to student and non-academic audiences. This has fed into a pamphlet produced through a related grant (participation's others). A a sister edition of this entitled "Problems of Hope", specifically related to the work undertaken in this projecthas now been published through the ARN Press, our own imprint. A dissemination and engagement programme will be then developed in future projects and through the networks that have emerged from this project. In the second research retreat (Brasil), the idea of the commons; was focused on more strongly, and the members of the ARN set out a clear set of definitions of the commons that can be used to provoke a productive set of debates and practices and will be communicated to other academics, activists and community partners. This has also fed into a university funded PhD studentship and a new masters' level module on community engagement at the University of Brighton. In addition, this work adds new critical dimensions to work currently being undertaken by engaged scholars in community settings on the commons and practices of commoning, and this is currently being disseminated through scholarly publications including the recent Routledge collection edited by three network members: Space, Power and the Commons. This has already received much interest and new collaborations are currently being planned that draw on this knowledge and bring it to community settings in the production of co-produced research that aims to build on existing ways of being and working together.

The networking project aimed to develop durable collaborations. Currently one member of the Brazilian network is planning a visiting fellowship in the UK and another UK-based academic has made two follow-up trips to Brazil, and has gained travel bursaries in order to deepen these collaborations, and has applied for AHRC funding as a result of these networks. The networking project has expanded the range of partners that the Authority Research Network work with exponentially. The combination of theoretical retreats and externally facing co-produced research has proved highly beneficial as a means of cross-fertilising knowledge and as a way of ensuring that research is impactful and responds to the needs of partner organisations. One pamphlet is currently in preparation in collaboration with a visual artist, which will explore the concept of hope in the context of these partnerships and provide an accessible publication that will be available free of charge to interested people and organisations. These will then be used in future workshops with community partners as a means of developing future research collaborations.
Exploitation Route As we move forward with the project we are developing research collaborations with community partners. In particular Dawney is working with the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre and photographers Laurie Griffiths and Jonty Tacon to develop a large research project on nuclear decommissioning, communities and creative practice. This is drawing directly on the text from the forthcoming Problems of Hope pamphlet. A grant application to the AHRC has now been submitted.
Outcomes from the symposia (blog posts, pamphlets) are feeding into research development meetings over the course of the project, and the expansion of the network will enable a broader audience for the work that the network is doing that provides a critical and wide-ranging account of emergent forms of authority in contemporary settings.

Community partners are already reflecting on their own practice with reference to conversations and publications produced by network members, including the RAZA youth project and Democracy Centre. Over 50 doctoral students who have attended our doctoral training workshops in the UK, Brasil and the USA, and community partners have shown a willingness to reflect on their own practice will adopt the network's focus on intensive spaces for thought. Dawney's PhD students are drawing on the creative practices of the ARN in the development of research methodology and events for research students and academic and non-academic colleagues.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Energy,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Security and Diplomacy

URL http://www.authorityresearch.net
 
Description The network has been hugely successful in bringing together academics from the UK and Latin America together around a shared concern with questions of authority and power in a variety of community settings. This has resulted in burgeoning academic and community partnerships, a prospective visiting fellowship at the University of Brighton, 3 new PhD students who are specifically engaging with the work of the ARN, as well as broadening and deepening the many relationships with community partners that members of the network are developing. The funding has not only enabled the members of the network to bring expertise and practice produced during the network's intensive theoretical retreats and symposia to bear on the work of partner organisations, but it has enabled an iterative approach of feeding back into the theoretical and academic spaces of the retreat by community partners working for social change in British, US and Latin American contexts. This to and fro of knowledge exchange has allowed deep partnerships to develop and opened up pathways for more extensive cross-fertilisation of expertise. Collaborations with Raza Youth Collective and the Democracy Center have involved engagement with work produced by the network, in a series of intensive reflexive encounters which have encouraged both partners to adopt some of the creative and collaborative methods undertaken by the ARN. The Democracy Center has found that this has led to a greater understanding of the role played by the individual members of the team in the work that they do, and to a more open and supportive working culture . The Raza Youth Collective found that their participation and engagement with ARN's texts helped them to reconsider the methods for participation adopted by the organisation and think about how members of all ages can be active participants in activities and decision making processes. Ongoing partnerships with community organisations including the Dublin Tenants' Association and The Bristol Hospitality Network have enabled the creative practices of participation, collaboration and slow thinking to enter new spaces outside of academia, and have also fed into the way in which the ARN works to develop impactful, theory-led partnerships and develop practices of knowledge production that empower, challenge and provoke critical engagement. More recently, Dawney's collaboration with the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre, and with photographers Laurie Griffiths and Jonty Tacon have drawn directly on the new ARN work on hope, and is developing a large scale research project exploring the creative and community approaches to nuclear decommissioning. The ARN has continued to post proceedings of discussions, conference panels and meetings on its website and this has led to a significant increase in requests for partnership and collaboration, particularly from Latin America. Millner has recently formed a partnership and secondment to the the Mesoamerica Community Forestry Project, working with the NGO Bioversity International on developing impact pathways. This include making a film about the cultures surrounding community forestry and the challenges being faced in terms of land politics, and collecting oral histories around sustainable conservation practice before those concepts existed. In Mexico Millner worked women's groups working using the diverse economies framework, for example some running a 'Cambalache' free shop setup where goods are exchanged and skills shared without the exchange of money. The book "problems of participation" continues to be downloaded from the website. A new book, Problems of Hope, has now been published and is available to order on Amazon and via the Authority Research Network's website. In addition to this, a special issue of the Brazilian journal Aurora is currently in production featuring work from the networking project.
First Year Of Impact 2015
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description Charlemont Travel Award
Amount € 2,100 (EUR)
Organisation Royal Irish Academy (RIA) 
Sector Academic/University
Country Ireland
Start 06/2015 
End 08/2015
 
Description Leverhulme Research Fellowship
Amount £69,000 (GBP)
Funding ID ECF-2016-518 
Organisation The Leverhulme Trust 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2016 
End 09/2019
 
Description Social Change Through Creativity and Culture (Brazil) (JB)
Amount £280,000 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/N008855/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2015 
End 05/2016
 
Description Babochka 
Organisation MAP6 Photography Collective
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Leila Dawney is working alongside two members of the MAP 6 photographic collective to produce a series of essays, oral history recordings and interview transcripts for publication in their forthcoming book and for inclusion in an exhibition in Brixton, London. One pilot visit to Visaginas, Lithuania has already taken place and an AHRC research funding bid is currently being written.
Collaborator Contribution Photography and production of books, website and exhibition. Project research and development including codesign of project parameters and setting up initial contacts. Dawney gave a talk with the two photographers at the Lithuania exhibition of the Brighton photo biennale,
Impact Project website, photographic book in production. The exhibition has been shown at the ONCA gallery for the Brighton photo fringe 2016, at Safehouses 1 &2, Peckham, London and the c99 Art project, Kensal Rise. London and at the Royal Academy summer exhibition 2016 and the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize exhibition. An AHRC research funding bid is currently being prepared which builds on the theoretical work undertaken as part of the research networking project with this current collaboration.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Community-based water management in Cochabamba, Bolivia 
Organisation Democracy Center
Country Bolivia, Plurinational State of 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Through co-funding from Authority Research Network and the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin Ireland, I was able to meet with individuals working in the Democracy Centre and Red Vida in Cochabamba Bolivia, during a five week research trip. I was put in contact with the Democracy Centre through ARN. I carried out research on community-managed water systems in the city which involved interviewing and liasing with the Democrcy Centre and Red Vida.
Collaborator Contribution Both the Democracy Centre and Red Vida provided information, feedback on my ongoing research and important contacts.
Impact A forthcoming book chapter Bresnihan, P. (2015) Re-Staging the Water Wars: What does it mean to win? Split Waters: Examining Conflicts Related to Water and Their Narration. Cortesi, L. & Joy, K. J. (Eds.), Forum for Policy Dialogue, India (forthcoming).
Start Year 2015
 
Description Community-based water management in Cochabamba, Bolivia 
Organisation Inter-American Vigilance for the Defense and the Right to Water (Red Vida)
Country Bolivia, Plurinational State of 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Through co-funding from Authority Research Network and the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin Ireland, I was able to meet with individuals working in the Democracy Centre and Red Vida in Cochabamba Bolivia, during a five week research trip. I was put in contact with the Democracy Centre through ARN. I carried out research on community-managed water systems in the city which involved interviewing and liasing with the Democrcy Centre and Red Vida.
Collaborator Contribution Both the Democracy Centre and Red Vida provided information, feedback on my ongoing research and important contacts.
Impact A forthcoming book chapter Bresnihan, P. (2015) Re-Staging the Water Wars: What does it mean to win? Split Waters: Examining Conflicts Related to Water and Their Narration. Cortesi, L. & Joy, K. J. (Eds.), Forum for Policy Dialogue, India (forthcoming).
Start Year 2015
 
Description Debt Research 
Organisation Coventry Independent Advice Service
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Samuel Kirwan is working with Talking Money (formerly Bristol Debt Advice Centre) and Coventry Independent Advice Centre to carrying out research with indebted households. This research is currently being funded by the Leverhulme Trust as part of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship. The project is based on ethnographic, co-produced fieldwork developed and refined through the 'Creative/Performative Approaches' project. My knowledge and understanding of these methods are informed and shaped by workshops, conferences and retreats organised by the Authority Research Network. The 'problems of hope' book, developed as part of the 'Creative/Performative Approaches', proved extremely useful in developing these relationships, both in terms of discussing the text with these services and using the text to consider making pamphlet-style interventions in partnership with these services into debt policy.
Collaborator Contribution Talking Money and CIAS will act as a gatekeeper for the research.
Impact No outputs thus far.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Debt Research 
Organisation Talking Money
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Samuel Kirwan is working with Talking Money (formerly Bristol Debt Advice Centre) and Coventry Independent Advice Centre to carrying out research with indebted households. This research is currently being funded by the Leverhulme Trust as part of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship. The project is based on ethnographic, co-produced fieldwork developed and refined through the 'Creative/Performative Approaches' project. My knowledge and understanding of these methods are informed and shaped by workshops, conferences and retreats organised by the Authority Research Network. The 'problems of hope' book, developed as part of the 'Creative/Performative Approaches', proved extremely useful in developing these relationships, both in terms of discussing the text with these services and using the text to consider making pamphlet-style interventions in partnership with these services into debt policy.
Collaborator Contribution Talking Money and CIAS will act as a gatekeeper for the research.
Impact No outputs thus far.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Democracy Center, Problems of Participation iterative workshops 
Organisation Democracy Center
Country Bolivia, Plurinational State of 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Provision of ARN's publication "Problems of Participation" and facilitation of a workshop based on some of the problematics around advocacy and citizen empowerment discussed in the publication. Co-designing workshops to support organisational development and to feed back into ARN's knowledge base.
Collaborator Contribution Provision of workshop space, a written report and feedback on the publication as a provocation for reflexive organisational development.
Impact Report prepared and discussed with partner.
Start Year 2015
 
Description GETS, Universidade Federal de Paraiba 
Organisation Federal University of Bahia
Country Brazil 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution ARN organised and hosted a networking and collaboration workshop to share current research and develop new avenues for collaboration. GETS is now a formal partner of ARN.
Collaborator Contribution GETS organised a workshop, contributed towards accommodation for the collaborators, presented conference papers and hosted a dinner where collaborations were discussed.
Impact Conference papers as outlined in the project's outputs Other plans are in early stages.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Julian Brigstocke - partnership with Federal University of Rio de Janeiro 
Organisation Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Country Brazil 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Research partnership on biosensors and mobility in Brazil
Collaborator Contribution Quantitative data analysis
Impact Research project, art installation and engagement activities planned for May 2016.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Julian Brigstocke - partnership with Redes da Mare, Rio de Janeiro 
Organisation Maré Networks
Country Brazil 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Julian Brigstocke has started a research and art project working with a social organisation developing social projects in the favelas (slums) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brigstocke offers research expertise and project design.
Collaborator Contribution Redes da Mare offers access to and support for vulnerable communities in Rio.
Impact Collaborative research project, art installation and social engagement activity planned for May 2016.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Naomi Millner: The Hospitality Project Network 
Organisation Barton Hill Walled Garden
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution This collaboration was created through the Hospitality Project, building on ideas developed with the Authority Research networks over years previous. The collaboration ran arts projects for members of refugee organisations in Bristol as a basis for research co-production.
Collaborator Contribution We ran ten workshops over 11 months, conducted one week away, ran a final event and an evaluation building toward future partnerships.
Impact Arts of Hospitality Open Event, Film, and Booklet.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Naomi Millner: The Hospitality Project Network 
Organisation Bristol Hospitality Network (BHN)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution This collaboration was created through the Hospitality Project, building on ideas developed with the Authority Research networks over years previous. The collaboration ran arts projects for members of refugee organisations in Bristol as a basis for research co-production.
Collaborator Contribution We ran ten workshops over 11 months, conducted one week away, ran a final event and an evaluation building toward future partnerships.
Impact Arts of Hospitality Open Event, Film, and Booklet.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Naomi Millner: The Hospitality Project Network 
Organisation Davis & Jones arts
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution This collaboration was created through the Hospitality Project, building on ideas developed with the Authority Research networks over years previous. The collaboration ran arts projects for members of refugee organisations in Bristol as a basis for research co-production.
Collaborator Contribution We ran ten workshops over 11 months, conducted one week away, ran a final event and an evaluation building toward future partnerships.
Impact Arts of Hospitality Open Event, Film, and Booklet.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Naomi Millner: The Hospitality Project Network 
Organisation Dignity for Asylum Seekers
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution This collaboration was created through the Hospitality Project, building on ideas developed with the Authority Research networks over years previous. The collaboration ran arts projects for members of refugee organisations in Bristol as a basis for research co-production.
Collaborator Contribution We ran ten workshops over 11 months, conducted one week away, ran a final event and an evaluation building toward future partnerships.
Impact Arts of Hospitality Open Event, Film, and Booklet.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Naomi Millner: The Hospitality Project Network 
Organisation Feed Bristol
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution This collaboration was created through the Hospitality Project, building on ideas developed with the Authority Research networks over years previous. The collaboration ran arts projects for members of refugee organisations in Bristol as a basis for research co-production.
Collaborator Contribution We ran ten workshops over 11 months, conducted one week away, ran a final event and an evaluation building toward future partnerships.
Impact Arts of Hospitality Open Event, Film, and Booklet.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Naomi Millner: The Mesoamerica Community Forestry Project 
Organisation Association of Forest Communities of Petén
Country Guatemala 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Secondment to this partnership has enabled the development of an interdisciplinary research programme and pathways for the impact of Naomi Millner's previous participative work.
Collaborator Contribution Bioversity International have supported Naomi Millner to integrate into the team and develop her participatory interventions.
Impact Ongoing partnership. Impact pathways are being shaped to produce meaningful changes in policy and in the quality of everyday lives. Funding applications are also being considered.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Naomi Millner: The Mesoamerica Community Forestry Project 
Organisation Bioversity International
Country Italy 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Secondment to this partnership has enabled the development of an interdisciplinary research programme and pathways for the impact of Naomi Millner's previous participative work.
Collaborator Contribution Bioversity International have supported Naomi Millner to integrate into the team and develop her participatory interventions.
Impact Ongoing partnership. Impact pathways are being shaped to produce meaningful changes in policy and in the quality of everyday lives. Funding applications are also being considered.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Naomi Millner: The Mesoamerica Community Forestry Project 
Organisation National Council of Protected Areas
Country Guatemala 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Secondment to this partnership has enabled the development of an interdisciplinary research programme and pathways for the impact of Naomi Millner's previous participative work.
Collaborator Contribution Bioversity International have supported Naomi Millner to integrate into the team and develop her participatory interventions.
Impact Ongoing partnership. Impact pathways are being shaped to produce meaningful changes in policy and in the quality of everyday lives. Funding applications are also being considered.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Naomi Millner: The Mesoamerica Community Forestry Project 
Organisation The Rainforest Alliance
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Secondment to this partnership has enabled the development of an interdisciplinary research programme and pathways for the impact of Naomi Millner's previous participative work.
Collaborator Contribution Bioversity International have supported Naomi Millner to integrate into the team and develop her participatory interventions.
Impact Ongoing partnership. Impact pathways are being shaped to produce meaningful changes in policy and in the quality of everyday lives. Funding applications are also being considered.
Start Year 2015
 
Description RAZA Youth collective: iterative workshops 
Organisation Raza Youth Collective
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution This collaboration involved a set of intensive workshops with the Raza Youth Collective using ARN publications in order to explore ideas of authority, grassroots activism and participation in their group.
Collaborator Contribution The partners were involved in the intensive workshops for the purpose of their own capacity building and organisational development, in addition to participating in a process of iterative testing and working with ARN publications.
Impact Written report shared between ARN and Raza Youth collective.
Start Year 2015
 
Description The OPEN Foundation Noorani 
Organisation OPEN Foundation
Country Netherlands 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Membership of the Foundation. Am an active project partner of the OPEN Foundation. Writing book reviews for their website.
Collaborator Contribution Inviting Tehseen Noorani to their biannual conferences. Inviting Tehseen Noorani to review books and interview authors for OPEN Foundation website Signposting and connecting me with new/interesting developments in the field, enabling pathways to greater impact of Tehseen Noorani's research outputs.
Impact Noorani, T. and Langlitz, N. (2016) 'An Anthropologist in Psychedelia: Interview with Nicolas Langlitz', available through http://www.stichtingopen.nl/en/
Start Year 2015
 
Description The Raza Youth Collective 
Organisation Raza Youth Collective
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Tehseen Noorani used the Authority Research Network's collected edition, Problems of Participation (Noorani et al, 2013) to initiative a series of workshops and discussions with the RYC on their practices and frameworks for thinking through participation and power dynamics within their collective.
Collaborator Contribution Feedback on Problems of Participation in the form of a consultancy report, offering a critical review of the book to inform the ARN's future outputs.
Impact Raza Youth Collective (2015) 'Reflecting on participation and relationships in organizing' Consultancy report commissioned by the Authority Research Network
Start Year 2015
 
Description The Sustainable Development of Aquaculture in Ireland 
Organisation National Economic and Social Council, Ireland
Country Ireland 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution I carried out six months of qualitative research and published a report for NESC.
Collaborator Contribution Provided office space and funding
Impact A report
Start Year 2015
 
Description Triage - Goldsmiths 
Organisation Goldsmiths, University of London
Department Department of Sociology
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Samuel Kirwan took part in the 'Triage Devices' project as a result of relationship formed through symposium held at Brighton University.
Collaborator Contribution The project contributed to Samuel Kirwan's thinking around the Citizens Advice triage service.
Impact Ongoing discussions as to Special Issue on Triage.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Urban Commons and Commoning 
Organisation Provisional University
Country Ireland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Participative research on new forms of urban commoning in Dublin.
Collaborator Contribution Participative research on new forms of urban commoning in Dublin.
Impact Journal article Bresnihan, P. & Byrne, M. (2014) Escape into the City : Everyday Practices of Commoning and the Production of Urban Space in Dublin. Antipode. 47 (1), 36-54.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Working for tenants rights 
Organisation Dublin Tenants Association
Country Ireland 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Ongoing participation in Dublin Tenants Association
Collaborator Contribution Research
Impact Active website
Start Year 2015
 
Description AAG Session on Spaces of Emergent Authority 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact At the AAG (Association of American Geographers) conference in Chicago, Julian Brigstocke and Leila Dawney convened a double panel on Spaces of Emergent Authority.
Papers included:
Leila Dawney (University,of Brighton UK), 'Authority's grip: Attachments and Alienations'
Juliane Collard (University of British Columbia, Canada), 'Embodied Subjects, Emergent Authorities:Theorizing an Approach to Assisted Reproduction'
Elsa Noterman (University of Wisconsin, USA) 'Manufacturing the Commons Through Differential Commoning'
Tehseen Noorani (Johns Hopkins University, USA) 'Psychadelic Encounters: Clinical Research and the Authority of Experience'
Nathan L. Clough (University of Minnesota, USA) 'Three cuts at a critical theory of affect in the Western Martial Arts'
Julian Brigstocke (Cardiff University, UK) 'The Long Violence of Truth: Laughter, Violence and the Reinvention of Authority in Anarchist Urban Politics'
Punam Khosla (York University, Canada), 'Corporeal violence and the material logic of race, gender and sexual embodiment'
Claire Blencowe (University of Warwick, UK) 'Authority Crises, Transcendence, and the Drive towards Destruction in the Time of the Now'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.authorityresearch.net/blog/aag-session-on-spaces-of-emergent-authority
 
Description Affective Cartographies of Debt - Emotional Geographies Conference - 10 to 12 June Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Leila Dawney and Sam KIrwan convened a session at the Emotional Geographies conference in Edinburgh in June 2015. This session combined papers exploring the emotional experiences of debt; from the anxiety over unopened letters piling up at the door or the fear that attaches to contingently-held objects, to the non-financial (or more-than-financial) dimensions of debt - commitments to nation, family and friends. The session brought together academics interested in exploring debt further, providing many more connections to non academic partners in the debt industry, in advice organisations and policy organisations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Authority Research Network Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact All members of the Authority Research Network contribute to the blog, which includes entries on recent news items, popular culture, events that the network members have participated in
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016
URL http://www.authorityresearch.net/blog/emergent-authorities-and-the-making-of-the-commons
 
Description Blog engagement with the 'Refugee Crisis' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact In response to growing public debate on issues of migration, citizenship, and hospitality, Naomi Millner wrote a 'thinkpiece' that was published on a Bristol news outlet site. The post was shared through social media multiple times, and catalysed a number of debates. The news outlet (Bristol 24-7) reported that the post had been shared more than 1200 times, achieving many more reads than this. It was later republished to the Policy Bristol website and to authorityresearch.net , with Naomi also being invited to two interviews on local radio and one interview for regional news.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.bristol247.com/channel/news-comment/daily/society/refugee-crisis-ten-practical-ways-to-he...
 
Description Doctoral Training Workshop on research collectives for the Anthropology department of the New School for Social Research, New York City, USA 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The workshop inspired doctoral students to start their own research collectives. It equipped them with skills to develop research collaborations.
It introduced them to the Authority Research Network's research methods, ethos and some of its findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Doctoral Training Workshops on research collectives, UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Workshops were held at the University of Brighton and at the University of Bristol. 30 students attended each workshop, which inspired doctoral students to form research collectives and networks, equipped them with skills to develop research collaborations and introduced them to the work of the ARN.

Our papers were downloaded by participants
Some of the participants got together to discuss how to start their own research collectives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Emergent Authorities and the Experience of Power Retreat 1 - 9 November 2014 - Alfriston 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact he Authority Research Network spent seven days in Alfriston from November 1st-9th revisiting issues we tackled in the early days of the network, around power, authority, alienation and transcendence.

The readings we discussed included:

Monday - Alienation

Marx, "Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844"
Arendt, Chap. 7 of The Human Condition.
Kathi Weeks "Life within and against Work: Affective labor, feminist critique, and post-Fordist politics".
Dyer-Witherford "21st Century Species Being"
Stavrides "Contested Urban Rhythms"
Lukacs, Reification and the Consciousness of the Proletariat


TUESDAY - Transcendence

Eve Sedgwick "The Pedagogy of Buddhism"

Walter Benjamin "On the Concept of History"
Lauren Berlant "Cruel optimism"
Susan Buck-Morss "Dialetics of Seeing" (excerpts)


WEDNESDAY - Image

Susan Buck-Morss "Visual Empire: The Sovereign Icon"
Walter Benjamin, Work of Art Essay.
Walter Benjamin, "Surrealism: The Last Snapshot of the European Intelligentsia"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Emergent Authorities and the Experience of Power Symposium - 31 October 2014 - Brighton UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This symposium took place at the University of Brighton and was attended by over 30 participants comprised of undertgraduate and postgraduate students, academics from universities in the UK, Brazil and the USA and representations from community organisations. ARN's profile increased through this event, as evidenced by increased traffic to the website and by word of mouth.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Emergent Authorities and the Making of the Commons International Symposium, Joao Pessoa, Brasil: 29 to 30 June 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This symposium took place in Joao Pessoa, Brazil in June 2015. It provided an opportunity for ARN members and colleagues from universities and institutions in Brazil to hear and respond to each others' work, as well as provide opportunities for discussion, learning and research planning and development. It increased ARN's extended network through connecting the core members of the network with academics who work with community partners in Brazil focusing on citizen advocacy and participation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.authorityresearch.net/blog/emergent-authorities-and-the-making-of-the-commons
 
Description Geographies of debt and indebtedness: everyday and comparative frames - RGS Annual Meeting - 1-4 September 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Samuel Kirwan headed up this special session at the RGS annual conference. The session abstract is below
The changing composition and size of state and household debt burdens in the UK, and the different histories of high indebtedness in other countries and regions, has sparked growing interest in the ways in which debts compose space, time and experience, and in how, on a broader scale, the being-in-common of the anthropocene is, and has been, conditioned by indebtedness. However, we still know relatively little about geographies of debt and indebtedness, both in terms of how they shape specific performances of the everyday and the connections, differences and thus comparative possibilities between different national, regional and local milieu. We invite contributions that explore geographies of debt and indebtedness, whether through economic, political and/or socio-cultural registers. We are particularly interested in papers that:

Investigate the different methods and strategies for creating and governing indebted subjects;
Unpack how debts intersect and interact with other obligations and social relations (e.g. class, gender, ethnicity, age, dis/ability);
Explore how debts transform attachments to objects and material cultures;
Map the new cartographies of urban environments shaped by promises of easy credit;
Examine the intersections of credit/debt relations with the movement and immobilities of different bodies, objects, categories and borders.
We are particularly keen for contributions focusing on non-UK contexts.
The session was attended by over 30 participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Participation's Others : A Cartography of Creative Listening Practices - Retreat 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact As part of the project Participation's Others: A Cartography of Creative Listening Practices, led by Julian Brigstocke and Tehseen Noorani, the Authority Research Network have held a residential retreat in north Devon.
The retreat brought together a highly interdisciplinary group of people interested in creative forms of listening with voiceless 'others', and consisted of some intense engagement with works-in-progress, combined with a very interesting series of arts-led workshops exploring ways of listening to non-conventional forms of more-than-human agency through drama, creative engagements with place, digital life, and silent listening.
We started work towards a collectively written, multimedia book of essays, creative writing, songs, and other creative outputs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.authorityresearch.net/blog/participations-others-retreat
 
Description Policy Talk by Tehseen Noorani 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invited speaker at Psychedelics Track, International Drug Policy Reform Conference, Atlanta, USA, at http://www.reformconference.org (with honorarium).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Public talk at Brighton Photo Fringe 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Leila Dawney was invited to speak about my collaboration with photographers Laurie Griffiths and Jonty Tacon at the Brighton Photo Fringe, about academic/photographic collaborations, on photography as ethnographic method and on emergent authorities in Visaginas, Lithuania
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Reading group at UFPB (Brazil) on Technology and Authority, Network Movements and Resistance 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Reading group led by Aécio Amaral on "Technology and Authority, Network Movements and Resistance" which will be held at the Universidade Federal da Paraíba (Brazil) from March to May. Postgraduate and undergraduate students are expected to attend this activity, which aims at reinforcing the points of connection between ARN's and GETS - Grupo de Estudos em Estética, Técnica e Sociedade (UFPB)'s research agendas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Response to 'Financial Melancholia' report talking about debt advice work and community 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Samuel Kirwan was an expert respondent to the 'Financial Melancholia' report produced by academics at Goldsmiths College, speaking about debt advice work from the New Sites of Legal Consciousness projects and concepts of subjectivity and the commons developed through the Authority Research Network. This event involved practitioners, debt charities and academics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Soil, Seeds & Social Change Reading Group and Open Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Using seed funding from the University of Bristol's Cabot Institute, Naomi Millner coordinated a reading group and series of four workshops over a year with colleagues Mark Jackson and Karen Tucker. The workshops were attended by scientists, social scientists, humanities academics, members of NGOs and community organisations, and members of the public. Themes included participation in the politics and ethics of soil health, seed reproduction, maintaining bioversity, and food sovereignty. The Open Event presented a platform for Naomi's research in El Salvador on soil and seeds in El Salvador and Mark Jackson's work on urban gardens in Bristol.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://soilseedsandsocialchange.org/
 
Description Talk to policy audience on advice work, the commons and housing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact With Professor Morag McDermont Samuel Kirwan spoke to members of the Scottish Parliament and Citizens Advice on advice work and the law, the emerging findings of the New Sites of Legal Consciousness project, and ideas and concepts developed through the Authority Research Network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Talk to public audience on advice and the commons 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As part of the 'Kilburn Manifesto' launch series Samuel Kirwan spoke at the Marx Memorial Library on advice work and 'the commons' based upon research with Citizens Advice and ideas generated through the Authority Research Network on 'The commons'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014