Contemporary Issues in Participatory Geography: Challenges, Adaptations, and New Directions

A trans-disciplinary online event in cutting-edge participatory research

Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th of May 2021

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Sponsored by the Participatory Geographies Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). Coordinated by Bruna Montuori, @brunamontuori (School of Architecture, Royal College of Art) and Caitlin Hafferty, @CaitlinHafferty (Countryside and Community Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire).

This event aims to bring together cutting-edge knowledge and practice in participatory research, transcending disciplinary boundaries and embracing different perspectives from academia, policy, and practice. We invite participatory researchers, activists, creatives, policy makers, and practitioners to attend presentations and discussions on current themes within participatory research. We welcome attendees from diverse backgrounds, career stages (particularly welcoming of postgraduate and early career researchers), and those within and beyond academia. 

Themes for the event focus on issues, opportunities, and adaptations for participation in recent times – bringing together different insights and experiences to create a narrative for future directions in participatory research. This includes participatory and collaborative working in policy and practice arenas; barriers and adaptations in third-sector and grassroots community research; critical and reflexive participatory practices; issues and opportunities for online participatory research, including innovative tools and methods; new and emerging issues in social justice, (digital) ethics, and disparities brought about during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over the course of two half-day sessions, the event broadly offers a space for knowledge sharing, discussion, reflection, and collaboration. This will include a mix of keynote lectures, interactive workshops, and opportunities to socialise and network.

We will release more details (including a schedule, full session details and a list of contributors) in due course. The event will be free to attend and held online via Zoom; a registration link will be launched in early March 2021 (this will be uploaded to our website, circulated on Twitter, and via email). Keep an eye out for updates by registering to the PYGYRG mailing list and follow @PYGYRG on Twitter (all updates will be posted using the hashtag #PARTICIPATORY21 so that those interested can click on the hashtag to see all associated Tweets).

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the event coordinators Caitlin Hafferty ( and Bruna Montuori ( For those who are not able to attend the “live” event, the sessions will be fully recorded.