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Co-researching for innovation and change: workshops and funding scheme for higher education/cultural sector collaborations

This scheme is designed to explore and support innovative approaches to co-research between King’s academics and King's partners in the arts, culture and heritage sectors. In distinction to collaborations that focus on extending the reach or impact of existing research, or conducting research on or on behalf of a partner, the focus for this scheme is on providing opportunities to co-develop the research agenda, co-create new research and build and sustain a shared community of research.

The aim is twofold: First, to frame and develop innovative research methodologies that utilise the full range of approaches to inquiry and knowledge generation across the two sectors, including e.g. participatory and community-based research; object- and performance-based inquiry; historical reconstruction and conservation; practitioner research; and curatorial practices.

Secondly, to generate new collaborative research initiatives with the potential to effect significant change in thinking and practice in both sectors and to benefit society more widely.

In 2016/17 A programme of workshops and themed salons provided:

  • an introduction to the key principles and methodologies of co-research;
  • opportunities for cross-sector networking; and
  • a facilitated environment for collaborative ideas generation.

Which were then followed by a funding scheme offering up to £5,000 for up to five teams to cover a pilot project or collaborative R&D project leading to a joint grant application. 

The five projects which were supported out of this scheme are:

  • Grid References - Professor James Gow and Dr. Jan Willem Honig, Department of War Studies; Dr Milena Michalski, Artist; Nicholas Cheeseman, Artist
  • Philosophy in the Gallery - Dr Sacha Golob, Department of Philosophy and Joseph Kendra, Tate
  • Opening up art dealers’ archives to multi-disciplinary research - Dr Stuart Dunn, Department of Digital Humanities; King's Digital Lab; Barbara Pezzini, National Gallery.
  • Transforming future science through near future science fiction - Dr Christine Aicardi, Global Health & Social Medicine; Mr Stephen Oram, Science Fiction Writer; Virtual Futures
  • 21st Century Britain: Moral Sources for the Civic good - The Rev Dr Robin Griffith-Jones and Dr Daniel DeHanas, Department of Theology & Religious Studies; Prof Maleiha Malik, The Dickson Poon School of Law; The Liminal Space

For more information about this scheme or the projects please contact Amy Brown.


Co-researching for innovation and change is a collaboration between the Cultural Institute and Faculty of Arts and Humanities at King's Collect London with the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement. 

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