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A growing number of PhD students and Early Career Researchers have shown
interest in pursuing research with and for communities who have traditionally
been viewed from an abstract distance if, indeed, they have been viewed at all.
The scope of these projects is wide and includes researchers working with women
in domestic violence refuges, teenagers in socio-economically deprived areas of
London and Afghani refugee communities caught in the limbo of the Aegean
What these projects all have in common is that they bring academic
scholars into contact with individuals and communities that are likely to have
experienced trauma as well as disempowering if not explicitly violent
interactions with institutional and state authorities. High levels of
professional and personal sensitivity and ethics are essential if the
researcher is to avoid replicating the participants’ experiences of
marginalisation and creating an abstract rather than rich, nuanced picture of
their lives and experiences.
This is a three-part webinar series delivered by Fred Ehresmann, Senior
Lecturer in Mental Health at the University of the West of England and Dr Jade
Lee, director of Aurora Learning and UK Programme Lead of School Bus Project,
an NGO that supports educational programmes for young refugees in Europe.
By the end of the webinars, participants will:
introductory understanding of the psychological and physiological impact of
chronic trauma on the individual.
understanding of ‘Trauma Informed Care’ and why it is an integral part of
working respectfully and ethically with traumatized populations.
the importance of informed consent and what this looks like practically in
strategies for conducting research interviews in a sensitive, ethical, and
their own position as researchers and individuals within a broader social
context and the expectations and preconceptions they bring to the interaction.
Considered the importance
of safeguarding their own mental wellbeing in the research context and
practical ways of doing so.
This training will be run across 3 two-hour webinars, running from 3pm to 5pm on 4th, 5th and 6th October. You should plan to attend all three sessions.