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Research article2022Peer reviewedOpen access

Participatory research in times of COVID-19 and beyond: Adjusting your methodological toolkits

Sattler, Claudia; Rommel, Jens; Chen, Cheng; Garcia-Llorente, Marina; Gutierrez-Briceno, Ines; Prager, Katrin; Reyes, Maria F.; Schroter, Barbara; Schulze, Christoph; van Bussel, Lenny G. J.; Loft, Lasse; Matzdorf, Bettina; Kelemen, Eszter


Solving grand environmental societal challenges calls for transdisciplinary and participatory methods in social-ecological research. These methods enable co-designing the research, co-producing the results, and co-creating the impacts together with concerned stakeholders. COVID-19 has had serious impacts on the choice of research methods, but reflections on recent experiences of "moving online"are still rare. In this perspective, we focus on the challenge of adjusting different participatory methods to online formats used in five transdisciplinary social-ecological research projects. The key added value of our research is the lessons learned from a comparison of the pros and cons of adjusting a broader set of methods to online formats. We conclude that combining the adjusted online approaches with well-established face-to-face formats into more inclusive hybrid approaches can enrich and diversify the pool of available methods for postpandemic research. Furthermore, a more diverse group of participants can be engaged in the research process.

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One Earth
2022, Volume: 5, number: 1, pages: 62-73
Publisher: ELSEVIER

    Sustainable Development Goals

    SDG11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
    SDG9 Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
    SDG16 Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

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    Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
    Human Geography

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