Designing Research explores collaborative and participatory ways of “doing” research. As an academic I support research projects that aim to promote change as it builds new knowledge. I offer an approach on research that that brings a sense of attentiveness, relationality, and connection that are useful and productive. I coach professionals and researchers on innovative methodologies such as action research, arts-based research, narrative research and other approaches that focuses on participatory processes of co-constructing knowledge.
People outside of Academia tend to fear research and believe it is something quite foreign to them. As an academic I try to deconstruct this idea showing professionals that research and intervention walk hand in hand. Whenever and whatever you are doing as a professional, if you embrace curiosity, reflexivity and pose crucial questions to those involved, you are potentially doing research, producing knowledge.
My research is experiential, propositional, and co-created. As I love working with creativity and imagination, I also use them in research. Creativity in the research context refers to the capacity to be curious and open-minded in order to explore and investigate a topic, aiming at creating a previously unimagined future. This approach enables us to create what “might be” instead of sticking to “what is.” I also work with Design approaches to research, looking at how aspects of the world that are taken for granted are socially constructed and how can we de-construct or re-construct in ways that generate more useful forms of living.