Selected key readings

Below is a list of relevant books and articles on participatory methodologies and pieces of research, many of which have been (co-)authored by PYGYRG members. If you’re aware of any key readings that should be included here, please let us know. If you are not able to access these readings freely please contact our librarian Kye Askins ( who will be able to email you a PDF copy.

Allen, A., Lambert, R., Apsan Frediani, A. and Ome, T. (2015), Can participatory mapping activate spatial and political practices? Mapping popular resistance and dwelling practices in Bogotá eastern hills. Area, 47: 261–271

Askins, K. & Pain, R. (2011) ‘Contact zones: participation, materiality and the messiness of interaction’. Environment & Planning D: Society & Space, 29(5): 803-821.

Autonomous Geographies Collective (2010): Making Strategic Interventions: The messy but necessary world of scholar activism inside, outside, and against the neo-liberal university. ACME, 9, 245 – 275.

Benson, K. & Nagar, R. (2006): ‘Collaboration as Resistance? Reconsidering the processes, products and possibilities of feminist oral history and ethnography’, Gender, Place and Culture 13/5 pp 581-592

Blackstock, K., Dinnie, L., Dilley, R., Marshall, K., Dunglinson, J., Trench, H., Harper, K., Finan, K., MacPherson, J., Johnston, E. and Griffin, A. (2015), Participatory research to influence participatory governance: managing relationships with planners. Area, 47: 254–260.

Brady, G. & Brown, G. (2013): Rewarding but let’s talk about the challenges: using arts based methods in research with young mothers Methodological Innovations Online 8(1) 99-112

Bre (2007): Hard livin’. In: Shukaitis, S. & Graeber, D. (eds.) Constituent imagination. Oakland: ak press.

Brown, G. (2007): ‘Mutinous Eruptions: Autonomous spaces of radical queer activism’. Environment and Planning A, 39, 2685-2698.

Cahill, C.  (2004): ‘Defying Gravity?  Raising Consciousness Through Collective Research’, Children’s Geographies 2/2 273-286 

Cameron, J. & Gibson, K. (2005): ‘Participatory Action Research in a Poststructuralist Vein’, Geoforum, 36(3), 315-331.    

Cameron, J. & Gibson, K. (2005): ‘Alternative Pathways to Community and Economic Development: The Latrobe Valley Community Partnering Project’, Geographical Research, 43(3),274-285.  

Chatterton, P. (2008): ‘Demand the possible: Journeys in changing our world as a public activist-scholar’, Antipode, 40, pp.421-427. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8330.2008.00609.x

Chatterton, P. (2008): ‘Becoming a public scholar: academia and activism’, Antipode, 40, pp.421-428.

Chatterton, P. (2006): “Give up activism” and change the world in unknown ways: Or, learning to walk with others on uncommon ground, Antipode, 38, pp.259-281.

Cornwall, A. , Ed. (2011): The Participation Reader. Zed, London

Diprose, G. (2015), Negotiating contradiction: work, redundancy and participatory art. Area, 47: 246–253

Garrett, B. L. and Brickell, K. (2015), Participatory politics of partnership: video workshops on domestic violence in Cambodia. Area, 47: 230–236

Franks, A. (2015), Kinder cuts and passionate modesties: the complex ecology of the invitation in participatory research. Area, 47: 237–245

Juris, J. S. (2007): Practicing Militant Ethnography with the Movement for Global Resistance in Barcelona. In: Shukaitis, S. & Graeber, D. (eds.) Constituent Imagination: Militant investigations, collective theorisation. Oakland: AK Press

Katz, C. (1992): ‘All the World is Staged: Intellectuals and the projects of ethnography’. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 495-510

Kesby, M. (2007): ‘Spatialising participatory approaches: the contribution of geography to a mature debate’. Environment and Planning A 39 (12), 2813 – 2831

Kesby, M. (2000): ‘Participatory  diagramming: deploying qualitative methods through action research epistemology’, Area 32, 4 423-435

Kindon, S. (2003): ‘Participatory video in geographic research: a feminist practice of  looking?’. Area, 35.2 142-153  

Kindon, S., Pain, R. & Kesby, M., Eds. (2007): Participatory Action Research Approaches and Methods:  Connecting People, Participation and Place. London, Routledge.

Lahiri-Dutt, K. (2004): ‘I plan, you participate: A southern view of community participation in urban Australia’. Community Development Journal, 39 (1): 13-27.

Mason, K. (2013): ‘Becoming Citizen Green: Prefigurative politics, autonomous geographies and hoping against hope (a proposal)’. Environmental Politics.

Mason, K., Pickerill, J. & Brown G. (2013): ‘Epistemologies of Participation, or, What Do Critical Human Geographers Know That’s of Any Use?’ Antipode, 45:2, 252-255.

Mason, K. (2013): ‘Academics and Social Movements: Knowing our place, making our space’. ACME Special Issue: The Politics of Climate Change, 12(1), 22-43.

Mason, K. & Whitehead, M. (2009): ‘Minding a Mendacious Methodology: Community-based research in a Transition Town’. Qualitative Research, 11, 6-9.

Mrs Kinpaisby (2008): ‘Taking stock of participatory geographies: envisioning the communiversity’. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 33 (3): 292-299. 

Mrs.C.Kinpaisby-hill (2011): Participatory Praxis and Social Justice. in Del Casino Jr., V. J., Thomas, M., Cloke, P. & Panelli, R. (eds.) A Companion to Social Geography. Wiley-Blackwell, p. 214-234 (Blackwell Companions to Geography).

North, P. (1998): “Exploring the politics of social movements through ‘Sociological Intervention’: a case study of Local Exchange Trading Schemes”, The Sociological Review, 46:3 pp564-582.      

 North, P. (2013). “Knowledge exchange, ‘impact’ and engagement: exploring low-carbon urban transitions.” The Geographical Journal 179(3): 211-220.

Pain, R. (2004): Social Geography, Participatory Research, Progress in Human Geography 28,5 652-663

Pain, R. (2006): “Social geography: seven deadly myths in policy research.” Progress in Human Geography 30(2): 250-259.

Pain, R., Kesby,  M. & Askins, K. (2011): “Geographies of impact: power, participation and potential.” Area 43(2): 183-188.

Pain, R., Kesby M. & Askins, K.  (2012): “The politics of social justice in neoliberal times: a reply to Slater.” Area 44(1): 120-123.

Russell, B. (2015), Beyond activism/academia: militant research and the radical climate and climate justice movement(s). Area, 47: 222–229

Slater, T. (2012): “Impacted geographers: a response to Pain, Kesby and Askins.” Area 44(1): 117-119.

Pratt, G.  (2000): Research performances. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 18, 639-651.

Reason, P. & Bradbury-Huang, H. (2007): Handbook of Action Research: Participative Inquiry and Practice, London, Sage.

Routledge, P. (1996): ‘The Third Space as Critical Engagement’. Antipode, 28. 399-419.

Routledge, P. (2002): ‘Travelling East as Walter Kurtz: identity, performance, and collaboration in Goa, India’. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 20,477-498.

Wynne-Jones, S., North, P. and Routledge, P. (2015), Practising participatory geographies: potentials, problems and politics. Area, 47: 218–221

Vinthagen, S., Kenrick, J. & Mason, K., Eds. (2012): ‘Tackling Trident: Academics in Action through ‘Academic Conference Blockades’’. Irene Publishing. Sweden.