With my work in -Designing Research I explore 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 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. I challenge this idea by showing 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.

Designing and Performing Research as a Relational Endeavor

Embracing the assumption that all research is relational enables the researcher to be more present and attentive to the research process, paying attention to what the context urges and offers, and to what participants need. In  relational research, the plurality of voices are fundamental to produce knowledge that can be useful and transformative.

Research as Innovation & Collaborative Action Research

Here you have a conversation on two different  papers published on creative, collaborative and imaginative principles of research. The authors present and critically discuss the challenges and opportunities to conduct participatory research that embraces creativity and imagination to co-create knowledge. This conversation features two publications: Camargo-Borges, C.; McNamee, S. (2020). Research as Innovation: An Invitation to Creative and Imaginative Inquiry Processes. & Ottar Ness and Dina von Heimburg (2020). Collaborative Action Research: Co-constructing Social Change for the Common Good. From the book: Sheila McNamee, Mary M. Gergen, Celiane Camargo-Borges, Emerson F. Rasera (editors). The SAGE Handbook of Social Constructionist Practice.

Workshop – Research as Innovation

This workshop training was prepared for professors from the Ross University School of Medicine who are starting their research in medical education settings.

Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU), Canterbury-England.

Ph.D supervisor at the PhD Program: Professional Practice: Psychological Perspectives at the Canterbury Christ Church University

Digitourism Project: Improving Digital Realities Strategies

Many business intelligence surveys demonstrate that Digital Realities (Virtual reality and Augmented Reality) are becoming a huge market trend in many sectors, and North America is taking the lead in this emerging domain.

Erasmus+ Grant: Visiting Scholar at Polytechnic of Leiria Portugal

With the grant of Erasmus Program of Scholars Exchange I had the opportunity to spend a week at the University in Leiria teaching and facilitating workshops.

Designing crazy patchworks: Co-creating collaborative research

A TAOS workshop in collaboration with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Coaching, Change Management (Supervision), Counselling, Consulting, Organizational Development

two days workshop for coaches and consultants doing their masters degree in Switzerland.

Workshop: Future Forming Research

Future Forming Research – two days workshop for coaches and consultants doing their masters degree in Switzerland. Workshop in co-facilitation  with  Astrid Frischknecht. Organized by AEB – Akademie Fur Ervachsenenbildung – http://www.aeb.ch Click here for pictures 

Collaborative inquiry: a methodological exploration

Collaborative inquiry: a methodological exploration
29th & 30th September 2016.
VUB, Campus Etterbeek, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels, Belgium.

Imagineering as Designing for Emergence and Some Implications for Education and Research

This is a project with the goal to make Imagineering Design Methodology visible beyond the Imagineering Academy as well as showing its translation to the field of education as well as research.

Co-creating collaborative research

“Collaborative Research”. Two days workshop at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium. Co-facilitated by Jasmina Sermijn. Part of the collaboration programme TAOS-VUB Ph.D. Location: Brussels, Belgium.

Visiting Professor at the University in Brazil

As part of a collaboration program with my University in the Netherlands, I was invited to become a visiting professor at the UFPE – Federal University of Pernanbuco in Recife. In this position I will  be working with professors and students in their research and projects. In the month of October I had the opportunity to be there in person, giving a course to masters and PhD students from PROPAD (Graduate program of management). I also had the chance to participate in an International Seminar sharing my experience in didactical methodologies. Amazing experience! Click here for some pics

Designing Crazy Patchworks : collaborative inquiry

The three days workshop invited professionals and researchers to explore their researches from a collaborative approach. After setting the stage with the philosophical approach of constructionism, the participants explored, through different creative sessions, their own research questions and research design reflecting on the implications for the field as well as academically. The final day was dedicated to presentations where the participants showed their learning and had some general feedback from the group. The group was completely international, having with 10 participants from 10 different countries – Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Colombia, Mexico, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Tanzania, Iran. The diversity generated a

Workshop: What makes a “good” relational research? Validity and ethics in the context of the relational research paradigm

What makes a “good” relational research? Validity and ethics in the context of the relational research paradigm Facilitators: CELIANE CAMARGO-BORGES, LENKA FORMÁNKOVÁ When adopting a relational research approach there is a shift bringing new alternative assumptions to the notion of validity and quality in which research can be assessed. In this workshop we aim to discuss validity and ethics of research inquiry in relation to the conceptions of knowledge as construction. The participants are invited to share their research experience and co-create together the new understandings of research ethic and validity in the context of the relational research theory. Date: 12

Workshop: New Directions in Therapeutic Research. Madrid, Spain


Co-creating empowerment through storytelling and photovoice – UGANDA

The Uganda project is a partnership with two NGOs – HealthNest Uganda and Hope for Youth Uganda The objectives of the project are: ONE: To discover Uganda through the eyes of its people, establishing a long-term collaboration with Health Nest Uganda, Hope for Youth Uganda as well as the Nkumba University in order to generate collaborative knowledge among all parties. TWO: To set up an intervention with the youth of Uganda. With this intervention we are trying to motivate the youth to realize their strengths and potential. In this intervention we will use the following tools, photovoice, storytelling, appreciative- and

WORKSHOP: Designing Research, co-creating generative possibilities

July 2014 – at seats2meet In partnership with Kristin Bodiford Another edition of the designing research workshop! Again, it was  a success. Six participants from different parts of the world (Spain, England, Emirates and the Netherlands) united to learn and share about relational forms of inquiry. The workshop focused on collaborative and participatory research through a social constructionist framework. The underlying principles presented was to illustrate the many ways in which we engage in research and inquiry as a daily practice, bringing that to the foreground of our work. Below you see the principles we worked for developing research with

WORKSHOP: Research 2.0 Amsterdam, Netherlands

23rd November  2013 Amsterdam – Seats2Meet (Beur van Berlage) In partnership with Kristin Bodiford The project: Me and Kristin Bodiford have teamed up to develop an online community building resource focusing on relational and collaborative forms of conducting research. Through this platform we hope to offer a way of thinking about research with a social constructionist orientation, as something organic, co-creative, embedded in daily life and work, and as transformative. Our goal is to build a community of practitioners from around the world and reach people who can be empowered with this way of thinking about research. In addition to

Organizer of the First International Symposium on Relational Research

The emerging post-modern paradigms in social research are provoking changes in the way knowledge is understood and produced in research. The focus shifts from the discovery of a pre-existing truth or singular reality to the process of constructing knowledge in diverse contexts. Postmodern strategies recognize the dynamic and constructed nature of reality while encouraging attention to the interpersonal relationships that ultimately shape and define our experience. In this dialogical approach orientation, openness, multiplicity, appreciation and engagement are invited in research. As a consequence, a democratic view on what is possible in research is emerging and connecting more with daily practice

Editor of a Special Journal issue: AI practitioner

The AI Practitioner is an international journal focusing on positive relational approaches to change such as Appreciative Inquiry. Each issue is filled with articles by leading thinkers, professionals and active practitioners in the field. This is the first time the AI Practitioner will feature research from a Ph.D. program. Our hope is that this issue will serve as a useful illustration of the ways in which practice and research are united to support positive change. The focus will be on bridging theory and practice as it relates to Appreciative Inquiry. Taking such a focus on Appreciative Inquiry will be of

CNPq research group Brazil

Brazilian research group: Psychology, Health Care and Social Constructionism This is a research group composed by professors, researchers and students in Brazil interested in exploring the process of meaning making in a varied of Institutional and community contexts. The group is certified by a Brazilian governmental institute called CNPq (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development). Grupo de pesquisa: Psicologia, Saúde e Construcionismo Social Desde 2009 sou membro do grupo de pesquisa: Psicologia, Saúde e Construcionismo Social, certificado pelo CNPq. O grupo é composto por professores e alunos e se foca em processos de produção de sentido em psicologia e