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Co-design and co-production: Challenges and opportunities for sociologists

Wednesday 17 November, 11am – 12.30pm AEST (Qld time)
TASA event organised by the Applied Sociology thematic group

Guest speaker – Jayne Malenfant

The Commodification of Lived Experience in Co-design and Participatory Research: Fostering Conditions for Real Transformation

While there are increasing calls for participation, inclusion, and engagement of those with lived experiences of social issues in research, these exist within institutionalized structures of knowledge that have long tokenized, objectified, and brought violence to diverse communities. Drawing from their own experiences undertaking participatory research on homelessness in Canada, Malenfant outlines how current approaches to integrating lived voices maintain knowledge and power hierarchies in research while requiring significant invisible labour on the part of "participants." With a focus on making visible the ways that sociological work attempts to foster inclusion of those most impacted by issues like homelessness, this presentation will explore how our current approaches can move past inclusion--instead building structures of collaboration and solidarity for not only greater research impacts, but radical transformation and socially-just change.

Speaker Bio: Jayne Malenfant (they/she) is from Kapuskasing, Ontario and currently lives in Tio'tia:ke/Montréal, Québec, Canada where they are an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at Concordia University. They are co-founder of the Making the Shift Scholars with Lived Experience Network and work on issues of institutional access for individuals navigating homelessness and housing precarity, with a focus on lived experience, participatory research, and community-led housing justice.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 11:00 AM until 12:30 PM
Co-design and co-production

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Sally Daly
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Sophie Hickey
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