Joanna Wheeler

Joanna WheelerI 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.

Posts by Joanna Wheeler

When accountability is life or death: reflections from the city street

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“You continue to ask me where does that information come through. But if it comes up through the wrong people, people get assassinated. That is life.” Delft community safety group member ‘Accountability’ can seem to be a boring, technical term, far from the most important issue in peoples’ lives. But when you start to dig […]

What next for participatory research for policy influence?

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Participate partners have been critically reflecting on the participatory approaches they have employed in attempts to shift power in policymaking – including the engagement with the post-2015 process.  In this final blog of the series, Thea Shahrokh and Joanna Wheeler share their recommendations for future participatory research for policy influence. Knowledge from the Margins: An anthology […]

Participate’s global research findings say that people and institutions must ‘work together’ to address poverty and inequality

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Participate’s new report ‘Work with us: How people and organisations can catalyse sustainable change’ argues that the wellbeing of the world’s poorest and most marginalised communities will only be improved if they are seen as active partners in efforts to tackle poverty and injustice. The report brings together findings from the participatory research of the Participate Participatory Research Group that was undertaken by grassroots organisations, activists and citizens in 29 countries including Kenya, the Philippines, South Africa, Bangladesh, Montenegro, Egypt and Nigeria.

A bold and practical proposal for the post-2015 framework

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As the UN High Level Panel prepares its report of recommendations for the post-2015 development framework, Joanna Wheeler reflects on how this new global framework should enable more opportunities for meaningful citizen participation, which will lead to more inclusive and sustainable development.