An AHRC-funded skills development project organised by researchers at Birmingham Institute of Art & Design (Birmingham City University) and Communication and Media Research Institute (University of Westminster)

This project involved two one-day workshops and the creation of a case study resource.

>> View case studies

>> View summaries of Workshop 1 and Workshop 2

About creative research methods

Participatory creative research methods are approaches to research where participants are invited to express themselves in non-traditional ways, such as through making a physical object or collage, or sharing an experience. Such methods have been slowly growing amongst some social science researchers.

A parallel thread of activity can be found within art and design, where researchers are asking participants to create physical, visual and experiential ‘things’ as part of the research process.

About the workshops

We ran two one-day workshops for academic researchers interested in creative research methods, which took place in May and June 2013. These workshops aimed:

  • to provide opportunities to network and share experiences of creative research methods
  • to move forward the debate on creative research methods, identifying issues and opportunities for the future

The workshops were participatory, activity-based and exploratory. At each one, attendees shared their previous experiences of creative methods, or their ideas for future research; experienced creative methods as participants; and finally reflected on their ideas and experiences.

These events were primarily intended to support a dialogue between PhD and early career researchers in art/design and media/communication, although researchers from other areas with an interest in creative research methods were also welcome to attend.