The Team

Current Team

  • Danny Burns

    Danny Burns
    Co-Director

    Danny Burns is Team Leader of the Participation, Power and Social Change team at IDS. His work focuses on participatory learning for social change with a strong emphasis on systems thinking and complexity.

    d.burns@ids.ac.uk

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  • Thea Shahrokh

    Thea Shahrokh
    Research Officer

    Thea plays a leading role in the coordination and delivery of the major research outputs for the initiative, and the work of the PRG on innovations in pathways of local-global participation, for example the Ground Level Panels approach. A large part of Thea’s role is working with the Participatory Research Group on network building activities. For example, supporting those closest to the research on the ground to develop methodologically; to catalyse learning on participatory methodologies across the PRG; providing guidance on policy and research communications; and for fundraising.

    t.shahrokh@ids.ac.uk

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  • Erika Lopez Franco

    Erika Lopez Franco
    Research Officer

    Erika is responsible for convening the network of 18 participatory research studies; mainly supporting the Participatory Research Group (PRG) members in methods innovation and their research processes; and linking them with the rest of the IDS Coordination team and convenors. She was also part of the team who wrote the report on the synthesis of findings and has contributed to the other outputs such as the Ground Level Panel (GLP) report, policy-briefings and reporting. Read Erika’s biography on the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) website

    e.lopezfranco2@ids.ac.uk

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  • Jo Howard

    Jo Howard
    Programme Manager

    Jo supported the meta-synthesis of Participate research throughout Phase 1. In this second phase?, Jo is the manager of the Participatory Monitoring and Accountability programme. Her role is to have an oversight of the three projects in order to understand the patterns emerging across the three countries and the implications for accountability.

    j.howard@ids.ac.uk

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For general enquiries please email: participate@ids.ac.uk or telephone: +44 (0)1273 915819

The Team in Phase One (2012–2013)

  • Danny Burns

    Danny Burns
    Co-Director

    Danny Burns is Team Leader of the Participation, Power and Social Change team at IDS. His work focuses on participatory learning for social change with a strong emphasis on systems thinking and complexity.

    d.burns@ids.ac.uk

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  • Thea Shahrokh

    Thea Shahrokh
    Research Officer

    Thea plays a leading role in the coordination and delivery of the major research outputs for the initiative, and the work of the PRG on innovations in pathways of local-global participation, for example the Ground Level Panels approach. A large part of Thea’s role is working with the Participatory Research Group on network building activities. For example, supporting those closest to the research on the ground to develop methodologically; to catalyse learning on participatory methodologies across the PRG; providing guidance on policy and research communications; and for fundraising.

    t.shahrokh@ids.ac.uk

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  • Joanna Wheeler

    Joanna Wheeler
    Co-Director

    I am a research fellow in the Participation, Power and Social Change team. Over the past 15 years, I have worked consistently with a commitment to increasing the voice of those less heard—whether women’s roles as citizens in Rio de Janeiro or the perspectives of children and young people on violence. In my view, participatory ways of working, for researchers, development practitioners, and citizens, themselves, are crucial to eventual outcomes of greater social justice, democracy and development.

    j.wheeler@ids.ac.uk

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  • Erika Lopez Franco

    Erika Lopez Franco
    Research Officer

    Erika is responsible for convening the network of 18 participatory research studies; mainly supporting the Participatory Research Group (PRG) members in methods innovation and their research processes; and linking them with the rest of the IDS Coordination team and convenors. She was also part of the team who wrote the report on the synthesis of findings and has contributed to the other outputs such as the Ground Level Panel (GLP) report, policy-briefings and reporting. Read Erika’s biography on the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) website

    e.lopezfranco2@ids.ac.uk

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Research Convenors

  • Jennifer Leavy

    Jennifer Leavy
    Research Synthesis Convenor

    Jennifer was responsible for convening the synthesis of participatory studies. She worked with the Participate Team and Participatory Research Group to design the methodology for both the syntheses of past and ongoing participatory work, and coordinated the synthesis of past participatory studies.

    j.leavy@ids.ac.uk

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  • Neva Frecheville

    Neva Frecheville
    Advocacy Convenor

    Neva Frecheville is the lead policy analyst on the post-2015 development agenda for CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development), heading up the organisation’s work on what should come after the Millennium Development Goals. In this role, she co-chaired the global civil society campaign, Beyond 2015, from 2012 – 2014 and acted as the link between the campaign and the Participate initiative, convening Participate’s advocacy work stream, also supports Participate, the global participatory research network providing in-depth high quality evidence for the post-2015 process from the perspectives of people experiencing poverty and marginalisation.

    nfrecheville@cafod.org.uk

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  • Andrea Rigon

    Andrea Rigon
    Advocacy Convenor

    Andrea worked with Participate until October 2013. He was working on Participate's Policy and Advocacy as well as coordinating CAFOD’s COMPASS 2015 – one of the 18 research initiatives of the Participatory Research Group.

    arigon@cafod.org.uk

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  • Clive Robertson

    Clive Robertson
    Documentary

    Clive is co-founder and creative director of Real Time. He produced and directed the Participate documentary film, Work with us: Community-driven research inspiring change (insert link to documentary film page) aimed at decision-makers. Clive worked with Participatory Research Group (PRG) partners to select visual stories from their research activities to include in the documentary. He also ran short participatory video processes with partners in Bangladesh and the Philippines, before the documentary production, to enable ground level ownership, and supported PRG partners in Kenya and India in editing films for the Work with Us exhibition. Read Clive Robertson’s biography on Real Time’s website

    info@real-time.org.uk

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  • Jackie Shaw

    Jackie Shaw
    Visual Methods Convenor

    Jackie is co-founder and director of Real Time. As Visual Methods Convenor she supported participatory video processes with Participatory Research Group (PRG) partners in Kenya, India and Palestine. This involved extended training for local partners in participatory video, as well as accompaniment of community researchers during some stages of their video action research processes on how positive change can happen and what prevents it. Jackie supported these groups in making video materials to stimulate wider communities discussion, and in synthesising research learnings, and editing films for the Work with us exhibition in New York. She also directed the documentary production in these contexts, supported the documentary editing process, as well as the generation of exhibition materials. Read Jackie Shaw’s biography on Real Time’s website

    jackie-shaw@btconnect.com

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