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Co-producing with Communities

How can we improve the research we undertake with local communities?

In this project, Dr James Hodkinson (School of Modern Languages and Cultures) and colleagues worked with artists and arts organisations, community groups, third sector organisations, the education sector and heritage industries to improve their access to materials and involve them in the processes and outcomes of research.

The team moved beyond collaboration/ co-production towards co-designed projects, research questions and methods.

Supporting local communities

Several members of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures worked with marginalised groups to help co-develop research themes and questions in different areas.

Professor Kate Astbury

Professor Astbury helped black communities and students to access research materials, shape research questions, create their own archives and resources and art works, ensuring them were co-produced and co-designed.


Professor Alison Ribeiro de Menezes

Artists responded to Professor Ribeiro de Menezes’ pre-existing research by producing an original work of physical theatre, but then also co-developed new research themes and questions out the theatrical process, the performances and the critical reception of the work by diverse audiences, both in the UK and in Latin America.


Professor Fabienne Viala

Professor Viala (pictured below, right) worked with artists to co-create new original film works. The artworks formed key research outputs, which in turn gave rise to new published research and co-created new materials for museum education.




Dr James Hodkinson

Dr James Hodkinson pioneered immersive art-making approaches to research culture. His team invited community members into pre-performance making sessions or ‘mini academies.’ These experiences were used unlock testimony from the wider community and to create new research questions and archives for future projects. The events allowed Warwick researchers, from UG students, to PGR and to Professor to attend and embed in the process, and thus enabled critical thinking and training experiences in immersive methods.


Ongoing activity

Professor Fabienne Viala. Image credit Hollis Photography.