The Centre for Engaged Research will promote the ideals and methodologies of engaged research in students and researchers' work. To do this we have organised various workshops, lectures, and even taught modules where researchers can learn to effectively incorporate engaged research practice.
Engaged Research GTE (CM602)
Dublin City University is the first university to offer a taught module dedicated to learning about engaged research and how to apply engaged research methodologies to students' work.
Engaged Research (CM602) offers a grounding in the diverse methodologies and principles of engaged research and interdisciplinary collaborative research. As community engagement, research ethics and societal impact have become key components of project structures and funding applications across Europe, this module aims to equip students with the key skills to integrate engaged research methodologies and principles into their practice.
The module is based in the School of Communications and coordinated by Dr. Padraig Murphy. It is available to postgraduate students across all faculties at DCU, and completing this module is worth 10 ECTS.
We encourage all students who aspire to include public engagement; such as, but not limited to, co-creation, co-design, citizen science, public patient involvement, or public consultation, to enroll to formally ground them in practices that will benefit their work.
Module Name: Engaged Research GTE
Module Code: CM602
Coordinator: Dr. Padraig Murphy, School of Communications
Credits Awarded: 10 ECTS
Semester: Semester 1
Assessment: Pass / Fail
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National & International Policies and Reports
Investigate official reports, documents and policies around engaged research
Historical Context of Engaged Research
Explore Irish and International history of engagement; including participatory research and community-based research
Converging Paradigms: Interdisciplinary theoretical and practice frameworks
Analyse various frameworks; including, but not limited to, empowerment, collaboration, universal design, co-creation/ co-design/ co-production, open science, responsible research & innovation, public patient involvement, citizen science, deliberative engagement, and citizen assemblies
Barriers & Enablers of Engaged Research
Discover the elements in society that exclude the person from research engagement; Irish policy changes
The Role of the Communication and Media in Engaged Research
Consider how the media can influence the engaged research agenda; practical skills for engagement
From Monodisciplinary Integrity to Trandisciplinarity
Observe disciplinary boundaries as well as multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches; disciplines and publics
Review examples of engaged research in action; including both DCU and non-DCU examples
Learn of strategies, practices and the ethos of engagement
Concepts aligned with Engaged Research
Recognize concepts aligned with Engaged Research; including, but not limited to, equality, dignity, respect, citizenship, and advocacy for change
1. Students must present or report on an engaged research case study, and then evaluate how the approach in this case study could be applied to the student's own research
2. Students must create a plan for how they would approach their own research as an engaged research practice
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The Centre for Engaged Research holds staff training sessions throughout the year to embed the principles of engaged research and facilitate its methodologies across multiple disciplines, and showcase how the centre can enable and assist researchers' work.
In this training the principles of engaged research are demonstrated and explained; acquiring objectives, engaging with communities groups, collecting and analysing data, and disseminating information. The Centre highlights the avenues available to researchers through their partnership with DCU in The Community and the Dublin City Public Participation Network (PPN).
With clarity on how to conduct engaged research and additional aid via the centre's network system, researchers become more equipped to conduct more purposeful research.
Previous staff training slideshows are available to download below:
Together with the Dublin City Public Participation Network (PPN) and DCU Learning & Development, the Centre for Engaged Research hosts the PPN Summer School. This PPN Summer School is designed to increase PPN organisation's capacities and support their work, as well as facilitating vital networking between DCU and community groups.
The PPN Summer School offers a range of seminars which target essential skills necessary for community groups to evolve; for example, public speaking, presentation skills, and project management. The Centre for Engaged Research works work the Dublin City PPN to establish the most suitable topics in an effort to make the event the most advantageous and most practical for the PPN organisations. Seminars are conducted by DCU staff, the DCU learning & Development team, as well as external educators and instructors.
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Information on previous PPN Summer Schools: