Researching without “methods”: an experiment in socio-ecological sustainability research with rural communities

Bananuka, T., Perry, M. and Kadoma, A. (2023) Researching without “methods”: an experiment in socio-ecological sustainability research with rural communities. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 22, p. 16094069231179159. (doi: 10.1177/16094069231179159)

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This article describes an improvisatory or ‘no method’ research approach in socio-ecological sustainability in two rural Ugandan communities. A team of multidisciplinary researchers purposed to understand how rural community members make sense of their role in, and relationship with, the environment. In addition, they sought to unsettle pre-existing assumptions, categories of knowledge, and methods of knowledge generation, through a practical and conceptual exploration of community-academy collaboration in research. The authors present an account of the research process as an experiment towards a decolonial, context-specific, and post-qualitative practice of inquiry and collaboration. The paper describes the context of the Ugandan communities involved and the socio-ecological issues that impact their lives. Related methodological practices are discussed to support the description and discussion of the improvised methods employed in this study. The methodological findings that conclude this paper have implications for global sustainability research, partnership, and action.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Perry, Professor Mia and Kadoma, Mr Anthony
Authors: Bananuka, T., Perry, M., and Kadoma, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Culture, Literacies, Inclusion & Pedagogy
Journal Name:International Journal of Qualitative Methods
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1609-4069
Published Online:31 May 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 The Authors
First Published:First published in International Journal of Qualitative Methods 22: 16094069231179159
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
173913CSPE: The implementation gap in environmental initiatives through community engagement and public pedagogiesMia PerryEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/P006701/1ED - Education