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Public Engagement with Research

We are building a bank of public & community engagement case studies - based on the exciting work of our Development (seed) Funding projects.

Explore the links below to find out how the project teams got on.  We hope that these stories will inspire and spark ideas, with insights into what works and what can be challenging across different engagement contexts and approaches.

University staff and students can find additional information on our intranet .

wild citizens

Wild Citizens!

Enabling children to become active environmental citizens - a co-creative partnership project with Kanes Hill School

young workshop participants create a measuring labyrinth

Re-making Maps of the Mind

A collaborative engagement partnership exploring research into ‘place’, ‘journeying’ and the relationship between the medieval and modern.

6th formers involved in project work

Engaging with parents of the future

Exploring the ways young people think about genetic screening - using critical thinking and ethical debate - to inform on-going research into responsible implementation of couple-based genetic screening.

The Idea Jammers

Idea Jamming with Teenagers

Engaging with young people to work with game designers on the design and functionality of a new smartphone game to help teenagers exercise and eat healthily.

a section of the completed artwork

Engaging with Proteins

Engaging adults and children to explore the nature and function of proteins within the human body, through co-creation of embroidered panels to make a communal art work.

flooding in Old Portsmouth during December 1989 storms (copyrite Portsmouth City Council/Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership)

Surge Watch

Engaging the local (Solent area) community to stimulate interest and debate about coastal flooding and sea level rise, crowd-sourcing local knowledge to develop the evidence base for further research.

ACoRN logo designed by 9 yr old Josh


Co-constructing an innovative research-practice partnership between University researchers and autism community partners.

using motion capture to examine manual dexterity

Life at the Cutting Edge

Engaging the public to answer a central question within human origins research: how can archaeologists recognise skill and expertise within early pre-history?

charting sea voyages

The Voyage Out

Collaborative engagement using primary source material to illustrate the experiences of passengers on board East India Company ships - with the British Library.

how does pressure to breastfeed impact maternal health and wellbeing?

The Breastfeeding Dilemma

Exploring philosophical issues in the way we talk and think about infant feeding choices - with academics, policy-makers, medical professionals, parental support organisations and mothers.

developing a shared vision for community open spaces

Shared Vision

A collaborative project to research local community use of underused open spaces and increase local appreciation and ownership.

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