Participation Network

We are developing an international network of organisations and universities involved in participatory action research, community development and citizen science. Please get in touch if you would like a weblink to be added here to your organisation’s work. Contact:

We have set up a Participation Network email list. To subscribe, send an email to:, with the Subject: BLANK, Message: SUBSCRIBE PARTICIPATION-NETWORK Firstname Lastname.

Our work is linked to:

Africa Advocacy Foundation – community-based charity in London that promotes access to services for disadvantaged black and minority ethnic communities.

Brighton and Sussex Universities Food Network – a Knowledge Centre on the theme of food, collaborating on food-related topics

Building with Bamboo – a global Community of Practice and Learning exploring how service responses can promote and support resilience in street-connected children exposed to sexual abuse and sexual exploitation

Centre for Research in Spatial, Environmental and Cultural Politics – Working across human geography, social sciences, arts & humanities to produce research that rethinks knowledge and practice in ways that are sustainable and socially just. Based at Brighton University.

Children’s Society Include Project – supporting young carers and their families

Engineering Exchange – A network of engineers and built-environment practitioners, researchers and academics that partner with London-based community groups to undertake collaborative research projects that aim to tackle problems faced by communities.

Geographies of Health and Wellbeing Research Group, (GHWRG) – a research group of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). We offer a lively and supportive network for all those interested in research in geography of health and health care, medical geography, and any other area of research related to health and well-being.

Human Geography Research Cluster, University of Reading – promoting theoretical debate and ‘real-world’ progress on critical 21st Century challenges, through a participatory engagement with socio-economic and environmental care, justice and transformation.

InSpire – two dedicated community spaces in Walworth to help people unlock their potential through learning, the arts and the community

Just Ideas Sustainable Solutions Ltd – Just Ideas supports charities, public sector organisations and businesses working towards positive social or organisational change and environmental justice.

The Lodden Observatory, University of Reading – Environmental platform for integrated research, learning and innovation to support sustainable societies in the Loddon Catchment, Thames Basin, UK.

Participatory Geographies Research Group – PyGyRG is a collective whose members aim to raise the profile and perceived value, and further the understanding and use of participatory approaches, methods, tools and principles within academic geography and beyond.

Participatory Research Hub, Centre for Social Justice and Community Action, Durham University – matches up Durham University researchers with organisations and community groups who want to do research together as a way to share knowledge about doing research that brings more equitable benefits to all involved.

Reading Art Lab, University of Reading – ArtLab is concerned with making the most of young people’s futures by using art to bring together a wide range of children from across different social backgrounds.

Reading Borough Council

The Big Local Research Group – opportunity for residents in 150 areas around England to use at least £1m each to make a massive and lasting positive difference to their communities. Big Local brings together all the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make their area an even better place to live. Includes self-evaluation of Big Local plans.

Whitley Big Local Community Project, – helping local residents voice their opinions

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