At this stage of the project we are considering the methodologies we will use to engage our three representative groups: residents, stakeholders and scientists.
Much of the study will involve collecting qualitative material through interviews and focus groups. We want to hear your stories!
One method I’ve come across goes beyond extracting a verbal answer to the question “what do you value most about your immediate environment”.
‘Resident Employed Photography’ encourages participants to take photographs of features in their environment they feel most attached too.
This opens up a potential dialogue where meaning and narratives behind photo choices can be discussed and examined.
You can find a link to the relating article here and as well an interesting response looking at the pitfalls and benefits of such an expressive research tool.