The Coronavirus pandemic has affected the lives and livelihoods across the world and disrupted the ways in which we experience our capabilities everyday. In these times of the pandemic, researchers and practitioners who are using participatory approaches, have had serious implications for the quality and the validity of the participatory inquiries and outcomes of our projects due to the multiple lockdowns, restrictions on travel, connectivity problems and the declining availability of stakeholders.
The webinar “Rethinking participatory research in the pandemic era” – organised by the HDCA Thematic Group on Participatory Methods for the 2020 Human Development and Capability Association Annual Conference (which will take place entirely through online events) – wishes to create a collective learning space to come out with options and alternatives that could be adopted to stay true to the principles and processes of participatory research in the pandemic era.
The webinar will, therefore, address the following questions:
- What are the frameworks within the capability approach that enable us to understand the present crisis through participatory research?
- What have been the lived experiences of the researchers in taking forward their participatory work?
- Is there scope for methodological negotiations and alternatives that could be recommended for participatory researchers to be able to do justice to their research agenda and objectives?