Making the Case: The Arguments for Participatory Research

  • Tineke Abma
  • Sarah Banks
  • Tina Cook
  • Sónia Dias
  • Wendy Madsen
  • Jane Springett
  • Michael T. Wright

Chapter Summary


This chapter introduces the pleasure and the challenges of doing participatory research. It covers the origins and background to participatory research for health and social well-being, the underpinning paradigm and underlying principles and values. It introduces the notion of participatory research as a process dependent on context rather than a technical exercise. It provides an outline to the book and what to expect. Finally, it cautions about pseudo participatory research, finishing with some reflections on the demands and the surprises that this approach to research brings to those who engage in it.


To make the case for doing participatory research.

Central Question

What is Participatory Research and why do it?


Arguments for participatory research History of participatory research Inauthentic participation Values and principles 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tineke Abma
    • 1
  • Sarah Banks
    • 2
  • Tina Cook
    • 3
  • Sónia Dias
    • 4
  • Wendy Madsen
    • 5
  • Jane Springett
    • 6
  • Michael T. Wright
    • 7
  1. 1.Amsterdam Public Health Research InstituteVU University Medical CentreAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of SociologyDurham UniversityDurhamUK
  3. 3.Department of Disability and EducationLiverpool Hope UniversityLiverpoolUK
  4. 4.National School of Public HealthUniversidade Nova LisboaLisbonPortugal
  5. 5.School of Health, Medical & Applied SciencesCentral Queensland UniversityRockhamptonAustralia
  6. 6.Centre for Healthy Communities, School of Public HealthUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  7. 7.Institute for Social HealthCatholic University of Applied SciencesBerlinGermany

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