UI Director Professor Beth Perry and her colleagues have published a new open access article on the “Leadership and the hidden politics of co-produced research: a Q-methodology study”. Researchers have been encouraged to co-produce research in order to re-shape relations between the researched and the researcher, however the authors identify the ‘hidden politics of co-production as a research approach. The paper is based on original research on participatory urban governance that brought together citizens, activists, and practitioners from the public and voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors as co-researchers to conduct action research. The paper considers how leadership and power relations do matter and how Q-methodology can be utilised to study co-production as a research methodology.

Access the article: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13645579.2021.1960738