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Walking interconnections: Case study of methods of a participatory action research project

Sobers, Shawn


Shawn Sobers
Professor of Cultural Interdisciplinary Practice


Discussing the methodologies and research methods of 'Walking Interconnections' - a research project that worked in the Bristol region from 2013 – 2014 using walking, conversation and creative activities as methods to trigger communication between self-identified disabled people and sustainability practitioners, to facilitate an exchange of knowledge and insights into different experiences in and of the world. It recognised and responded to the fact that disabled people’s voices have been largely absent from resilience debates. Disabled people have unique contributions to help build resilient societies and communities. The conversations they held whilst walking were recorded and edited into an audio play 'Going for a Walk', made by Dee Heddon.

Walking Interconnections was a participatory action research project, using photography, audio recording, map making photo-elicitation and other creative methods as tools for the research methods working with participant co-researchers.


Sobers, S. (2015, March). Walking interconnections: Case study of methods of a participatory action research project. Paper presented at Visual Social Science Network, Watershed, Bristol, UK

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name Visual Social Science Network
Conference Location Watershed, Bristol, UK
Start Date Mar 4, 2015
End Date Mar 4, 2015
Publication Date Mar 4, 2015
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords disability, sustainability, environment, interconnectedness, visual anthropology, walking, walkshop, participatory action research, visual methodologies
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Visual Social Science Network