Practicing care-full scholarship: Exploring the use of ‘visual informed consent’ in a study of motherhood, health and agroecology in Coventry, UK

Mai Abbas, Alex Franklin, Stefanie Lemke, Chiara Tornaghi

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The demand for alternative methods of providing informed consent is increasing, especially in research with marginalised (or illiterate) research participants. This article discusses the co-creation of a visual informed consent (VIC), in collaboration with an artist. The VIC was inspired by the experience of obtaining informed consent from a group of migrant women with limited English proficiency, in empirical research undertaken on agroecology and health in Coventry, UK. Reflecting further on its creation and wider utility, this article explores the inner values that might guide researchers and lead to the co-creation of care-full tools that meet the needs of research participants. Specifically, this includes, reflecting on the iterative process of developing a VIC and using an ethics of care as a primary conceptual framework. Findings reveal that participants’ understanding of ethical issues is facilitated using visual illustrations. It is argued that the creation of a VIC requires the researcher to be attentive to the embodied nature of research practice and guided by an ethics of care. A conceptual framework that integrates care and embodiment is presented, with the intention that it may further support the development of care-full research by others.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)(In-Press)
Number of pages25
JournalQualitative Research
Early online date10 Jan 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Jan 2024

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The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, (Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 765389).


  • Visual informed consent
  • marginal communities
  • comics
  • ethics of care
  • science communication


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