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Public harm or public value? Towards coproduction in research with communities

Beebeejaun, Yasminah; Durose, Catherine; Rees, James; Richardson, Jo and Richardson, Liz (2015). Public harm or public value? Towards coproduction in research with communities. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 33 pp. 552–565.

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This paper develops a critique of the current model of research governance ethics which casts communities as vulnerable subjects. The paper constructs an alternative approach to thinking about the twin challenges of research governance and reflexive research practice through reframing ideas of public value and rejecting a public harm model. We use the insights of coproduction as a way of positively rethinking the relationship between researchers and ‘the researched’ to create new ways of thinking about public value. We argue that reflexive research practice should draw upon the principles and examples of empowerment within governance. These aspire to work ‘with’ communities and create space for greater community control in defining and creating publically valuable research.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 SAGE Publications Ltd
ISSN: 2399-6552
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
AHRC Connected CommunitiesNot SetAHRC
Keywords: research ethics; community; coproduction; empowerment; marginalisation; governance; public value
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 59127
Depositing User: James Rees
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2019 10:05
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2019 01:23
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