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Innovative Methodologies

Participatory and Dialogical Methods

Research strategies, methodologies, and frameworks that use systematic inquiry in close cooperation with those impacted by an issue being investigated with the aim of action or change are collectively referred to as participatory research (PR). PR involves folks who may not have formal training in research but who are members of or represent the interests of the research's target population. When doing their research, participatory and democratic methods that prioritise real and meaningful engagement are frequently the methods and tools of choice for researchers who use a PR strategy.

Two Minute Tutorials: What is Missing Maps by Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

Enhancing community resilience through dialogical participatory mapping

Engaging Citizens to expand understandings of risks, vulnerabilities and data collection opportunities

Dialogical Participatory Mapping Workshop at Warwick

Dialogical Participatory Mapping to increase the resilience of flood-prone communities around several cities in Brazil

Dialogic data innovations for sustainability transformations and flood resilience


Placemaking encourages people to collectively envision and remake public places as the core of every community as both a general concept and a practical method for enhancing a neighbourhood, city, or region. Placemaking refers to a collaborative process by which we can design our public realm to maximise shared value, strengthening the bond between people and the places they share. Placemaking encourages innovative patterns of use, focusing particularly on the physical, cultural, and social identities that characterise a place and promote its continual evolution. It goes beyond simply advocating improved urban architecture.

What is Placemaking?


Human experience and knowledge are fundamentally based on stories. Because we think, live, and dream in story form, narrative interpretation is a natural human ability and one of the primary ways we make sense of the world. Narratives are derived from the stories that are obtained through focus groups and interviews.

Storytelling in Research

Theory of Change

A theory of change is a technique that uses a causal analysis based on the available data to explain how a specific intervention, or collection of interventions, is likely to result in a specific development change. A theory of change needs to be supported by thorough research, discussions with important stakeholders, and knowledge of what works and doesn't in various circumstances.

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