Youth participatory action research

Youth participatory action research is an approach where young people are trained in research skills to deliver their own research projects as a means of improving their own lives or the lives of those in their neighbourhoods. In this way, it flips perceptions about young people: rather than regarding young people primarily as subjects of research, it positions them as co-researchers, recognises the value of their ideas and opinions, and strengthens their contribution to bringing about change. (based on VeLure Roholt and Baizerman, 2013). This approach has been used by PUKAR, a research-focused non-governmental organisation in Mumbai, India. In response to increasing urbanisation – specifically, through the eyes of young people – youth participatory research has helped to encourage sustainability through innovation.

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