Future workshops as a means to democratic, inclusive and empowering research with children, young people and others

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During the past decades, awareness has grown concerning the need for more democratic and inclusive research methods. This is especially salient for marginalised, colonised and silenced groups, such as the elderly, children and young people. In this article, we present and discuss future workshops as an appropriate method to achieve such democratic and inclusive research, and we posit that it can fruitfully be used together with other approaches outside the field of action research in which it has mostly been used to date. The discussion is based on our research with children and young people on sensitive and conflictual issues. We show how future workshops offer particular advantages when conducting research with children and young people in vulnerable situations, and about silenced and sensitive topics. We argue that these advantages, as well as ethical and other insights, can be transferred to research with other groups of people.
Original languageEnglish
JournalQualitative Research
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)432-448
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Childhood
  • Children and youth in research
  • democratic research
  • divorce
  • future workshop
  • participatory methodology
  • qualitative research
  • silenced groups

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