This five year programme, funded by the ESRC, is led by the University of Bristol in partnership with Cardiff University. The programme asks: What happens when diverse communities and academics come together to re-shape engagement and work creatively with ideas that run through society, law, history and art? Working with academics from different disciplines, community partners and artists we aim to release the creativity, knowledge and passions of people often at the margins of decision-making and power to co-produce new forms of research, engagement and decision-making.
The first project in the Productive Margins Programme in Wales is The Heads of the Valleys Project: Developing Methods for Engagement. Over the past 10-11 months, members of CISHeW (Dr Eva Elliott; Dr Gareth Thomas), SOCSI (Prof Emma Renold), UPSI (Prof Martin Innes, Eve Exley, Dr Trudy Lowe), and the University of Aberdeen (Prof Gabrielle Ivinson) have been involved in a research project on young peoples’ experiences of safety, health/wellbeing, regulation, and place in Merthyr Tydfil. The following activities have been (or will be) carried out with young people in the area:
If anyone would like any further information on the project, please contact Dr Gareth Thomas (email@example.com) or Dr Eva Elliott (ElliottE@cf.ac.uk) or visit the Productive Margins website: http://www.productivemargins.ac.uk