Co-producing research with communities: emotions in community research
How do we work with complexity and difference?
Who holds the power in research?
What kinds of methods surface hidden voices?
How can we co-create equitable research spaces together?
What did working together feel like?
Our co-writing process surfaces some of these tensions and difficulties as we struggle to place our voices into an academic article. We surface more of our own tensions and voices and this has become one of the dominant experiences of doing co-produced research. We explore the mechanisms of co-production as being both a process of fusion but also its affective qualities. Our discussions show that community partners working with academics have to bear the emotional labour; by ‘standing in the gap’ they are having to move between community and university. We also recognise the power of community co-writing as a form that can open up an opportunity to speak differently, outside the constraining spaces of academia.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: University of Huddersfield, UK 2: Manchester Metropolitan University, UK 3: University of Sheffield, UK 4: Edge Hill University, UK
Publication date: January 2020
This article was made available online on January 10, 2020 as a Fast Track article with title: "Co-producing research with communities: emotions in community research".
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