We actively push towards the development of methods and models for positive change in society. We test, evaluate, implement, and improve existing methods, techniques, models or d.a.t.a sets generated in fields such as urban development, the public art, design and technology sector, community-based research practice and the global sustainable development area. Where necessary, we re-appropriate methods developed in other disciplines (art & science) for use in the broad field of humanities, or develop our own innovative approach to respond to emerging social challenges, whilst remaining sensitive to quality control and empirical grounding. Our perspective is multimodal in nature, combining numerical, textual, sensory and/or arts-based research d.a.t.a to study complex social phenomena. We develop theoretical frameworks as a basis for how such phenomena can be understood and organized. Our group currently focusses on two specific research areas and provides methodological guidance on a consultancy basis.
We specialize in the development of innovative qualitative, quantitative and mixed research methods, with a particular focus on survey, arts-based, place-based, multi-sensory and futuring research designs as well as qualitative evidence synthesis as a meta-review technique. The team works from an inclusive, academic activism perspective and contributes to theoretical discussions on quality assessment of research, the role of qualitative and artistic research in an evidence-based discourse and the potential of creative research dissemination practices.
The methods base we develop is broadly relevant for the field of social-cultural, social welfare, art and design and public health practice, with a particular interest in working with vulnerable populations, community based research and topics related to popular culture, such as street art, parkour and social circus.
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