As the final stage of the current creative research methods project, we are gathering case studies.

The case studies will profile specific projects using ‘participatory creative research methods’ (i.e. creative methods, working with individuals or groups of participants), from a range of disciplinary backgrounds. They will be posted on this page as blog posts. This resource is intended to be of use to researchers interested in using these methods in the future.

Each case study will answer the following questions:

Title of project

Name(s) of researcher(s) and university affiliation, if any

Context for research (e.g. PhD research, collaborative academic research project, independent research project, professional practice – plus a little more detail)

When did the research take place?

Disciplinary background(s) (e.g. fine art, design, geography, sociology)

Aims of research

Description of creative research method (What you did! e.g. length of time, type/number of participants, location, activity, what data was collected, how data was analysed)

Why did you choose to use this method?

What did you learn from the research process? (This might be about the subject matter, or the method, or both)

Influences (Identify previous work by others which informed your method)

Further information (References or links to more information about your project and/or other projects, for those who want to find out more)

Several researchers have already volunteered to write case studies, but we welcome more contributions! If you would like to contribute a case study, please use the questions above as a proforma. Here are some additional guidelines:

  • Focus on one specific project – if you have more than one creative research methods project, you can signpost readers to other sources in ‘further information’.
  • Write clearly and concisely, for an interdisciplinary audience.
  • Aim for a total length of around 600 words (maximum 800 words), and attach two or three photos to your email for inclusion, if possible.
  • Email your completed case study (or any questions) to