SP110 - Ethical and practical challenges of participatory development research
Convened by Sonja Marzi (London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK) and Elisabet Rasch (Wageningen University, the Netherlands)

Critiques of development research methodology have opened up avenues for ‘doing’ development research in participatory and collaborative ways that contribute to solidarity and social justice. In many contexts research participants demand to be included and have a say about research design, process and dissemination. At the same time, the neoliberal university and funding mechanisms often remain focused on outputs, rather than on process, which makes it difficult to do research in a participatory way. Drawing on researchers’ experiences with applying participatory methods this session aims at exploring critical and innovative research methodologies in development studies that include a participatory approach.