Visual Dialogues: New Agendas in Inequalities Research

Lead Research Organisation: University of Hertfordshire
Department Name: Health and Human Sciences RI

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Publications

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Description Six seminars examined theoretical, methodological and conceptual developments in visual research methods and practice, exploring their value and insights for inequalities research and their potential to inform policy and practice:



Seminar 1: Here's looking at you: Photographic practices and methods

Seminar 2: Visual narratives in video and film

Seminar 3: Creative arts: Methods and practices for engaging with social inequalities

Seminar 4: The politics of space and place

Seminar. 5: New visual technologies: Challenges & opportunities for inequalities research

Seminar 6: A new visual agenda?



In addition, the series hosted a programme of public events, exhibitions and workshops at which creative practitioners and arts and community organisations presented their work, providing an important space for interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaboration and development.
Exploitation Route Seminars and public events provided a focus for the generation of new insights for policy and practice and the potential of participatory visual research. The award holders worked closely with arts, community and health organisations in order to explore and develop effective community engagement, dissemination and outputs, enabling:

- Artists and arts organisations to develop and share the ways in which they engage with communities, health and social care policy and practice and to explore synergies with academic practice.

- Public and third sector organisations to explore methods of engaging with residents and to communicate the the value of urban spaces, parks and neighbourhood resources for well-being.

- Development of new visual methods and tools to enable academics, third sector and wider publics to collect and communication high quality visual data for effective dialogue with policy, practice and society. Academic seminars and public events enabled the series to critically explore the capacity of visual methods to capture the ways in which people live unequal lives; how inequalities are expressed and understood through visual media; and how visual resources might productively inform policy making and welfare practices. Methodologically themed seminars (photography, video and film, creative arts, space and place and new visual technologies) provided a timely opportunity for cross-disciplinary intellectual focus on the theoretical and methodological contribution of visual research and its implications for social science theory and research practice.



The seminar series generated over twenty journal articles including a special issue in Critical Social Policy with contributions spanning sociology, social policy, history, education, and health. Additional papers from the series are published in methodological, policy, community nursing and education journals and include contributions to themed issues on childhood, creative methods and video analysis.
Sectors Creative Economy,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://www.visualdialogues.co.uk/
 
Description 'I'm good': Using asset mapping to capture children's wellbeing 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Participants in your research or patient groups
Results and Impact Oral presentation, 27.09.11: Assets for health and wellbeing across the life Course International Conference, The British Library: London
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description 'Photography and/as research under conditions of convergence 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Participants in your research or patient groups
Results and Impact keynote address to the inaugural conference for the International Association of Visual Urbanists, British Library, 8 Oct keynote address to the inaugural conference for the International Association of Visual Urbanists, British Library, 8 Oct

keynote address to the inaugural conference for the International Association of Visual Urbanists, British Library, 8 Oct
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description 'Through whose eyes? Memory and meaning in photographs of motherhood from the 1950s' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact ESRC Seminar Series - Women in 1950s' Britain: Sensory sources for 1950s' research: Working with photographs and photographers, University of Manchester, 26 November

inform academis practice
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description 'Visual research methods and visual culture: now you see it, now you don't 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Participants in your research or patient groups
Results and Impact keynote address to the ESRC Methods Festival, June keynote address to the ESRC Methods Festival, June

keynote address to the ESRC Methods Festival, June
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description A new visual agenda? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Theme: This final event brings together academics, research users, community members and wider publics in order to focus on the generation of multi-agency, cross disciplinary and innovative research agendas established during the seminar series. Organised to coincide with the Second International Visual Methods Conference http://www.visualmethods.org/ at the Open University, the event comprises an evening reception, exhibition and book launch and a children's art workshop

opportunities for school age children to share in the dissemination of research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Bringing the spaces and places of community life into view 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Exhibition of photographs and film, Milton Keynes Learning Network, Milton Keynes Gallery. 18th July Exhibition of photographs and film, Milton Keynes Learning Network, Milton Keynes Gallery. 18th July

Exhibition of photographs and film, Milton Keynes Learning Network, Milton Keynes Gallery. 18th July
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Bringing the spaces and places of community life into view 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Exhibition of photographs and film (with Gabriel, J.; Lay, C.; Lay, C. and Lay, J.), Woughton Community Council, Netherfield, Milton Keynes, 12th March. Exhibition of photographs and film (with Gabriel, J.; Lay, C.; Lay, C. and Lay, J.), Woughton Community Council, Netherfield, Milton Keynes, 12th March.

Exhibition of photographs and film (with Gabriel, J.; Lay, C.; Lay, C. and Lay, J.), Woughton Community Council, Netherfield, Milton Keynes, 12th March.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Bringing the spaces and places of community life into view 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Exhibition of photographs and film (with Gabriel, M.; Gabriel, J.; Kanlauskaite, D.; Lay, C.; Lay, J. ;Williams, D.; Williams, T. and Lamburn, V.) Second International Visual Methods Conference, The Open University, September 2011.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Contested voices? Methodological tensions and the politics of knowing in creative visual research with children' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Participants in your research or patient groups
Results and Impact International Visual Methods Annual Conference, The Open University, Sep 14th 2011.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Contested voices? Methodological tensions and the politics of knowing in creative visual research with children' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Participants in your research or patient groups
Results and Impact forthcoming paper to the International Visual Methods Annual Conference, Sep 14th 2011
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Creative arts: Methods and practices for engaging with social inequalities 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This seminar will explore the possibilities of the creative arts for inequalities research. This will include a consideration of the ways in which social scientists are increasingly embracing these media as a means of making visible social disadvantage and division. The first part of the seminar will explore what such relationships and synergies - and the data they generate - bring to the field of inequalities research. This will be followed by three parallel workshops in which there will be opportunities to engage with different methodological and analytical approaches to work in this area.

diiscussion of arts based methods within social and health sciences
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Development of a visual tool for involving primary school children in pre-registration student nurse selection 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Visual Tool

improvement in practice
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Here's Looking At You: Photographic Practices and Methods 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This seminar will examine new and emerging theoretical perspectives, methodological approaches and interpretative processes in photography and explore their value and insights for inequalities research and its successful dissemination.

sharing of methodological insights
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Informing practice through research and children's participation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Participants in your research or patient groups
Results and Impact Children's Services Conference, Addenbrookes, 8th November
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Listening to Children: Making their Voices Visible in Research, Policy and Practice 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Participants in your research or patient groups
Results and Impact ESRC Seminar Presentation: 22.10.10, Open University ESRC Seminar Presentation: 22.10.10, Open University

ESRC Seminar Presentation: 22.10.10, Open University
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Methodological challenges of participatory video with children and young people' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Participants in your research or patient groups
Results and Impact Children, young people and law research group, Faculty of Health and Social Care, The Open University, Walton Hall, 14th December.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description New visual technologies: Challenges & opportunities for inequalities research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This seminar will examine the uses of new visual technologies, media and practices in social research, their capacity for understanding, sustaining and diminishing inequalities and their potential for informing an equalities agenda. Its focus will be upon:



• the ways in which individuals and/ or communities make use of new visual technologies, media and/or practices;



• how, as researchers, we might ourselves understand, develop and use these in our research



• the ways in which they might be used to inform policy and practice

sharing insights with colleages and wider publics
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Opening up the spaces and places of community 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Participants in your research or patient groups
Results and Impact Centre for Research on Citizenship, Identities and Governance, The Open University, March 2012
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Participatory Methods in Community research' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussion.

Festival of Social Science: Practising community-engaged research, University of Glamorgan, 31st October 2011
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi/fos2011.html
 
Description Performing for camera? Methodological challenges of researching experiences of childhood through the lens of participatory video 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Participants in your research or patient groups
Results and Impact Paper presented to the British Sociological Association Annual Conference, April 8th 2011
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Seeing more clearly, feeling more strongly? Interrupting policy frameworks through the visual 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Participants in your research or patient groups
Results and Impact ESRC Seminar Series: Alternative Discourses of Childhood, Manchester Metropolitan University, June 2011
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description The politics of space and place 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This seminar will explore the ways in which the designed and built environment might sustain or ameliorate social inequalities and consider new methods for researching and capturing subjects' embodied uses of space and place.

practitoners reflected on urban space and planning
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Theoretical and conceptual issues in studying families, relationships and communities: tensions and synergies' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Participants in your research or patient groups
Results and Impact Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance, The Open University, March 2012. Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance, The Open University, March 2012.

Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance, The Open University, March 2012.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description This is my Life: childrens images of physical activity 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Participants in your research or patient groups
Results and Impact 8th International Qualitative Research Conference Bournmouth University 8th International Qualitative Research Conference. 6th September 2010, Bournemouth University

8th International Qualitative Research Conference. 6th September 2010, Bournemouth University
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Visual Dialogues: New agendas for inequalities research' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Participants in your research or patient groups
Results and Impact Participatory Technologies Symposium, 29th September 2010, The Open University, Walton Hall
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Visual Methodologies 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Participants in your research or patient groups
Results and Impact Spring School on Advanced Methodologies Youth in Communication Studies, Catholic University of Portugal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Visual narratives in video and film 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The aim of this seminar is to explore the capacity of video and film to capture the ways in which people live unequal lives, how inequalities are expressed and understood through these media and how they might productively inform policy making and welfare practices. Collectively, the papers will critically explore the capacity of researcher-generated and participatory video and film for:





1.a more nuanced understanding of the lives of socially excluded and marginalised individuals and communities;



2.advancing theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches for capturing and analysing 'inequality'



3.reflexively interrogating the ways in which visual data and research practices may be complicit in reinforcing, challenging or mediating inequalities.



4.developing methods for working with communities and individuals to shape policy and practice



5.transforming policy and practice and promoting social change.

Informed academic practice and led to pubnications
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Visualising meanings and experiences of community: insights from a photography walking tour 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Second International Visual Methods Conference, The Open University, September 2011
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description What's in a picture? Participatory visual methods with Children 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Participants in your research or patient groups
Results and Impact Health, Well-being and Social Care and Childhood Research Group, Cardiff University, 25th January 2012
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Working with MK partners and communities: processes, practices and relationships' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Participants in your research or patient groups
Results and Impact Public Engagement in Research Group, The Open University, October 2012. Public Engagement in Research Group, The Open University, October 2012.

Public Engagement in Research Group, The Open University, October 2012.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012