Research projects and grants
2022-2023. Mindset Revolution: opening space for youth-led change in mental health (PI) - funded by UKRI/ RSA, £60,000
Public dialogue is often a top-down, one-off affair, where the commissioner (e.g. public agencies; academia) sets the agenda, plans the process, decides who is invited. There is limited follow-up, and it is hard to assess the impact of isolated initiatives. Mindset Revolution flips this and reinvents public dialogue as a bottom-up process embedded in the community. The focus is on youth mental health: young people work with diverse partners (academics, grassroots and institutions) to co-design, and evaluate, sustainable participation processes that don’t stop at recommendations but also strengthen scrutiny, putting young people’s voice front and centre of mental health policymaking.
2022 - Optimistic Minds: Re-imagining young people’s agency in evidence-based decision making in mental health (Co-I) - funded by Emerging Minds, £30,955; PI: James Duggan
The Optimistic Minds project experiments with the processes, spaces, and cultures by which various stakeholders come together to improve evidence-based decision making by commissioners and policy makers to inform mental health support for young people. The project seeks to understand how we can embed participatory spaces that ensure that evidence is discussed, understood, and evaluated through engagement with youth and other key stakeholders working on youth mental health to strengthen implementation of research into practice. We worked in partnership with the Greater Manchester Living Well youth co-researchers, supported by 42nd street, who are conducting research with young people, practitioners, professionals, commissioners and policymakers. The project is grounded in approaches for building inclusive spaces for evidence-based dialogue between young people, professionals, practitioners, commissioners and policymakers: co-production, participatory innovations and Legislative Theatre.
2021 - The British Academy Horizon Europe Pump Priming Collaboration between UK and EU Partners - £ 9,985.99.00
2020 - International Collaboration Fund, MMU, £5000 - Understanding Developments in Participatory Governance
2017-2018 - UCL Improvement Science Team 2-year evaluation of integrated care, Tower Hamlets CCG £300,000
2014 – 2017- Engage 2020 funded under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.