More than giving us new insight into how things really are, research can help us work out what to do, how to do it, and, at its very best, enable people to reflect and change at a deep level, such as through participatory action research.
My approach to applied research is that it should have a clear purpose, be ethical and reach rigour through clear and explicit decisions about its design, implementation and analysis. I believe in thinking seriously about the audience and use for research and finding ways to engage people through the process so that research or evaluation doesn’t just sit on a shelf or, even worse, in a digital folder.
I enjoy working with academics with a bent for applied research, and advocates who believe in having a solid basis for what they are doing and who are bravely reflecting and adapting their work as they go.
Read about my past research projects