Older people in research: Interdisciplinary participatory co-research and the role of digital technologies
Thursday, 01 July 2021
Funded by a university Central Research Excellence award this interdisciplinary project, across three universities, brings together researchers from the Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Arts and the Business disciplines to focus on how to best engage older people in creativity through participative research and the role of digital technologies in this.
A team of researchers from Oxford Brookes University (Sarah Quinton, Daniela Treveri-Gennari and Silvia Dibeltulo), Turin University, Italy (Rebecca Pera) and Maynooth University, Ireland ( Sarah Culhane), led the programme of three interactive workshops and co-researcher activity across Italy, Ireland and England, in collaboration with Age UK Oxfordshire, Oxford over 50s, the University of the Third Age, Italy (UNITRE) and Age Action, Ireland.
The three workshops comprised:
- The first involved active scholars and community
stakeholders in defining the characteristics of participatory research with
older people and the role of digital
technology in February 2021
- The second workshop in April 2021 concentrated
on the enactment of creativity by older people as a way to build resilience and
- The third workshop in June 2021 explored the
role of older people as co-researchers in a digital era in which
the older co-researchers reported their findings to an expert audience
and live ‘jamboard’ reflection was collated
The three workshops have resulted in the establishment
of a network of engaged stakeholders who will continue to interact to enhance
scholarship and knowledge on participatory research with older people.
A wide variety of data was collected including; video,
images of creative outputs, live captured post- it notes via Jamboard software,
as well as audio and text based material. Once analysed, the data from these
workshops will create a framework for good practice for research involving
older people, alongside academic publications, and this framework will be
publicly available from the project microsite in early 2022. For further
information please contact Sarah Quinton firstname.lastname@example.org.