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Biography

Dr Tom Wakeford is Lead Practitioner at the Centre’s People’s Knowledge and Transdisciplinary Working Group, which represents the Centre on the international AR+ initiative. He combines knowledge of the biosciences with 20 years’ practice and analysis of participatory and inclusive approaches to action research.

He has led, evaluated or been a research collaborator in numerous participatory action research processes within three broad themes:

  • Food justice, health, climate change and sustainability
  • Democratisation of new technologies, including genetic modification, nanotechnology and synthetic biology
  • Diversities of knowledge, particularly expertise gained through experience and inclusivity in relation to ethno-cultural diversity, indigenous peoples, gender, age, disabled people and sexuality.

Tom is a Fellow of the Linnean Society and an adviser to the European Commission on public dialogue. He is Policy Adviser to the Commissioners to the Indian Supreme Court and Editorial Advisory Board member of the journals Action Research (Sage Publications) and Citizen Science: Theory and Practice (Ubiquity Press).

Research Interests

Citizen science ; Ecology and food systems ; Participatory democracy processes; Dialogue, deliberation and drama

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Research Output 2015 2017

  • 2 Anthology or Edited Book
  • 2 Chapter
  • 2 Article

Everyday Experts: How people’s knowledge can transform the food system

Anderson, C. (ed.), Buchanan, C. (ed.), Wakeford, T. (ed.), Chang, M. (ed.) & Sanchez Rodriguez, J. (ed.) 9 Nov 2017 Coventry: Coventry University. 445 p. (Reclaiming Diversity and Citizenship)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or Edited Book

Open Access
File
people
system
world
expertise
dialogue

People’s Knowledge and Participatory Action Research: Escaping the White-walled Labyrinth

Wakeford, T. (ed.) 4 Nov 2016 Practical Action Publishing. 147 p. (Reclaiming Diversity and Citizenship)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or Edited Book

Open Access
people
research
Caucasian
action research
expertise

Perspectives: Strengthening People’s Knowledge.

Wakeford, T., Anderson, C., Pimbert, M. & Charanya, R. 23 Mar 2016 In : Farming Matters. 32, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
farmers

Signposts for people’s knowledge

Wakeford, T. 27 Oct 2016 People’s Knowledge and Participatory Action Research: Escaping the white-walled labyrinth. Collective, P. K. E. (ed.). Rugby, UK: Practical Action Publishing, p. 113-134

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
File
people
practice
action research
process
social justice

The Art of Survival: Social Circus, Youth Regeneration and Projected Community in the North East of Scotland

Jeffery, G., Patton, N., Schaefer, K. & Wakeford, T. 2016 Performing (for) Survival: Theatre, Crisis, Extremity. Duggan, P. & Peschel, L. (eds.). London: Springer Verlag, p. 185-200 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Circus
Regeneration
Scotland
Northeast
Night