Under-recognised emotional labour: the mental health impacts of co-produced research projects within university-community research partnerships

5 Jul 2023, 15:00 to 16:00

This session is part of the ESRC Centre for Society and Mental Health's Research Methods Primer and Provocation series. 

This provocation, led by researchers from the Centre for Health Promotion at Leeds Beckett University, will reflect on research experiences of co-production within the context of university-community research partnerships.

The session will explore the challenges and tensions of these research practices in university systems which often fail to address the under-recognised emotional labour of much research work. Drawing from their experience, this session will provoke debate via the analysis of 2 themes: 

1) Researching sensitive and emotional topics; what about researcher wellbeing and mental health?

2) Managing difficult expectations, and community vs. stakeholder tensions

About the presenters: 

Dr Louise Warwick-Booth, Reader and Associate Director of the Centre for Health Promotion Research, Leeds Beckett University. Louise is a sociologist with specific interests in health policy and social policy. Louise's expertise relates to the evaluation of health promotion interventions with vulnerable populations, including women experiencing domestic abuse.

Dr Susan Coan, Research Fellow in the Centre for Health Promotion Research, Leeds Beckett University. Susan is experienced in research with marginalised groups of people, for example, victims of domestic abuse and people living in areas experiencing high levels of deprivation. She has expertise in using participatory and creative methods to support people’s involvement in and empowerment through research. Susan also leads the CommUNIty initiative,supporting the development of sustainable partnerships between community and voluntary organisations and Leeds Beckett University, with an emphasis on activity that promotes improvements to community health and wellbeing. 

Dr Ruth Cross, Course Director for Health Promotion at Leeds Beckett. Ruth's current research in the Centre for Health Promotion Research focuses on evaluating interventions designed to support vulnerable young women and other marginalised populations to support changes in policy and practice. Ruth research interests include qualitative and creative methods of investigation, feminist and critical perspectives and the relationship between theory and practice. 

Chaired by: Dr Angela Sweeney, Senior Lecturer in User Led Research, Service User Research Enterprise, King's College London 

How to register: 

This session will convene online. To join, please register in advance via the Zoom registration link here 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the seminar.