Practitioner Research Programme (PRP)

Postgraduate study in College of Medical and Dental SciencesThe Practitioner Research Programme (PRP) is a ground breaking IRiS initiative that brings together policymakers and practitioners with IRiS academics to work on innovative research ideas relating to different aspects of superdiversity. These projects are all embedded within practice and community settings across Birmingham. At present we have over twenty organisations and individuals involved.

The programme is a way of IRiS increasing its civic engagement, whilst developing practitioner research expertise across the city to ensure our work is grounded and informed by the issues that are important to policy makers, practitioners and communities.

Practitioner researchers have the option of going for accreditation with the Open College Network if they complete the three modules of training as follows: 

  • Module 1: Qualitative Research Skills 
  • Module 2: Understanding Qualitative Data
  • Module 3: Using Peer Research Skills

Practitioner Researchers are matched with academic mentors within IRiS whose research interests match their own.

Practitioner researchers 2013-2014 and project themes

Julia Brown
Project Manager, Bethel Health and Healing Network
Research topic: Social impacts of the Doula project and its impact on maternity services.
Academic mentor:
Sabi Redwood (MDS)

Richard Browne
Partnership Manager, Social Inclusion Challenge Unit, Birmingham City Council
Research topic: How can we build social cohesion in 'superdiverse' urban areas?
Academic mentor:
Jenny Phillimore (CoSS)

Amy Cui
H
ealth and Social Care Manager, Chinese Community Centre
Research topic: Chinese Lives in Birmingham
Academic mentor:
Angus McCabe (CoSS)

Phil Davis
Manager, Refugee Action
Research topic: Life in Birmingham through the eyes of refused asylum seekers and visa overstayers
Academic mentor:
Lisa Goodson (CoSS)

Iris Fermin
Head of Information and Intelligence for Birmingham, Birmingham Public Health, NHS Birmingham and Solihull Cluster
Research topic: Maternal Outcomes: Mothers born outside UK compared to those born in UK in the area of Birmingham
Academic mentor:
Sabi Redwood (MDS)

Kate Gordon
Chinese Community Centre
Research topic: Chinese Lives in Birmingham
Academic mentor:
Angus McCabe (CoSS)

Helen Hodges
Performance Analyst, West Midlands Police
Research topic: Evaluation of Op Accord (West Midlands Police's response to foreign national offending)
Academic mentor:
Ricky Joseph (CoSS)

Andrew Jolly
Destitution Project Coordinator, Children's Society
Research topic: The experiences of undocumented migrant families in Birmingham
Academic mentor:
Surinder Guru (CoSS)

Andrene Miller
Freelance Journalist
Research topic: Migration Stories
Academic mentor:
Jenny Phillimore (CoSS)

Micho Moyo
Principal Officer Safeguarding, Schools and Education Services, Birmingham City Council
Research topic: An evaluation of the multi-agency responses to child abuse disclosures involving individuals working in faith-based educational settings
Academic mentor:
Martin Stringer (CAL)

Santok Odedra
Deputy Manager, Refugee Action
Research topic: Life in Birmingham through the eyes of refused asylum seekers and visa overstayers
Academic mentor:
Lisa Goodson (CoSS)

Rebwar Sulayman
Choices Caseworker, Refugee Action
Research topic: Life in Birmingham through the eyes of refused asylum seekers and visa overstayers
Academic mentor:
Lisa Goodson (CoSS)

Sarah Taal
Women's Support Worker, Hope Projects
Research topic: Destitution and refused refugee women in the West Midlands: immigration issues and charity support related to housing and subsistence needs
Academic mentor:
Lisa Goodson (CoSS)

Marvin Taylor
Attendance Support Worker, Education Welfare Service, Birmingham City Council
Research topic: Roma migrant families in education
Academic mentor:
Nando Sigona (CoSS)

More information

Dr Lisa Goodson is the PRP lead and you can contact her at l.j.goodson@bham.ac.uk or Ann Bolstridge at a.bolstridge@bham.ac.uk for more information.  

 

Recruitment for 2014-2015 Cohort

The 2014-2015 cohort will be recruited in June 2014.

 

Practitioner researchers should be located within Birmingham-based organisations, work with, or be located within superdiverse community settings and have an interest in research and knowledge transfer.

 

If you would like more information, please contact Ann Bolstridge, a.bolstridge@bham.ac.uk, or complete our Online Application Form.