Call for Participants: Creative Methods for Researching Urban Infrastructures Workshop

25th Nov 2018

Call for Participants: Creative Methods for Researching Urban Infrastructures Workshop

Thursday 28th and Friday 29th March 2019, The University of Manchester

The workshop is generously supported by Methods NW, and colleagues at the University of Manchester and Lancaster University.


The “Creative Methods for Researching Urban Infrastructures” workshop seeks to explore methods of inquiry that disrupt, challenge, and expand dominant modes of understanding urban infrastructures. The workshop will provide postgraduate and early career researchers with the opportunity to identify, develop, and test creative and innovative methods for analysing urban infrastructural systems. 

In this participant-led workshop, participants will work together over two days to explore different creative research methods. Participants will be first introduced to a selection of relevant innovative and collaborative methods by speakers who have employed a wide variety of research techniques in their own work. They will subsequently work in small groups to trial methods for understandings infrastructural systems in central Manchester (e.g. waste management, sanitation, transport, electricity, communications). After piloting the methods, groups will share their experiences and findings. 

By bringing together researchers across different fields of study, this workshop seeks to work towards more interdisciplinary, inclusive, and innovative approaches to urban infrastructural research.


There is no cost for the workshop itself. Some funding is available for travel and accommodation, which will be offered on a discretionary basis to participants who would otherwise be unable to attend.

If you wish to attend, please complete this form by Friday 7 December 2018.

All applicants will be notified by 19 December 2018. Please note, spaces are limited so we may have to select participants on the basis of research interests and compatibility with the workshop topics and themes. 


For more information please check the event website or contact Kate Stokes or Torik Holmes


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