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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2022

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

Authors' information

Sattler, Claudia
Leibniz Zentrum fur Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Economics
Chen, Cheng
Leibniz Zentrum fur Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF)
Garcia-Llorente, Marina
Autonomous University of Madrid
Gutierrez-Briceno, Ines
Autonomous University of Madrid
Prager, Katrin
University of Aberdeen
Reyes, Maria F.
Wageningen University and Research
Schroter, Barbara
Leibniz Zentrum fur Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF)
Schroter, Barbara
Lund University
Schulze, Christoph
Leibniz Zentrum fur Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF)
van Bussel, Lenny G. J.
Wageningen University and Research
Loft, Lasse
Leibniz Zentrum fur Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF)
Matzdorf, Bettina
Leibniz Zentrum fur Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF)

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SDG11 Sustainable cities and communities
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UKÄ Subject classification

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Human Geography

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