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Working papers


Our occasional working papers series is open to King’s researchers at any level, from postgraduate up, and from any discipline who wish to share ideas about, or to elicit feedback on, matters in relation to socially engaged research and associated pedagogy. Working papers are usually pre-publication versions of academic articles, book chapters or reviews.

We use the term ‘socially engaged research’ to mean research practice that engages non-academics in any way at a stage of, or throughout, the research process, with the goal of generating social impact. Within the United Kingdom’s higher education sector, the public engagement with research agenda encompasses much of this work.

Essentially, we are interested in working papers that critically reflect on the processes and practices of socially engaged research and pedagogy, leading to insights as to how to do it better and therefore enhance the likelihood of social impact.

Some of the themes and topics we are interested in (by no means an exhaustive list) include:

  • Participatory Action Research

  • Radical Education

  • Service Learning

  • Co-production

  • Collaborative processes and practices

  • Community development

  • Professional identities in engaged research

  • Authentic learning

  • Social change

  • Activist research

  • Indigenous research

  • International perspectives on community engagement

We are always open to new ideas for working papers and welcome co-authored contributions with those outside of academia.

If you have an idea for a paper, please contact Dr Ed Stevens (Research Institute Manager),, in the first instance to discuss further.

Please see below for submitted working papers:


Moving Hearts - Museums, artists and universities collaborating

By Dr Aleksandra Kubica

This working paper examines collaborative processes between academics at King’s College London, the UK Migration Museum (or UKMM), an Australian artist Penny Ryan, in creating Moving Hearts (MH), an arts-based action research project exploring migration and belonging funded through an international social justice grant from the PLuS Alliance.

In the Spring of 2018, MH brought together hundreds of people in London to make 1000 anatomical-shaped clay hearts and reflect on their connection with migration and belonging. The hearts were then displayed in a pop-up art installation created by Ms Ryan at the Migration Museum. The paper briefly introduces relevant literature on collaboration between universities and museums and then evaluates MH against some of the characteristics of successful collaborations as identified in the literature. Participatory modes of evaluation (Crossick and Kaszynska 2016) are used in this paper to analyse how the institutions, individuals and communities contributed to the project: what their expectations were, to what extent they were met, what resources they brought in and how this all played out in implementation of the project. For MH, digital communication prior to the commencement of the workshop was key and therefore the role of digital mediation is also explored. The tentative recommendations this paper proposes for similar collaborations offer suggestions for developing effective communication from the outset of a project, highlight the requirement of flexibility in partners, and provide ideas for how participants’ perspectives could be included in shaping a project.

To read the full working paper please click here.