The Benefits and Limitations
of Community Based
Research With Migrant
Workers
Dr Geraldine Lee-Treweek
Interdisciplinary Studies
Manchester Metropolitan University (Cheshire)
[email protected]
0161 2472000
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The impact of migrant workers on labour markets
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Sheffield Hallam University February 2011
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Key Features of Community Based
Research Approaches
• encourage active participation of communities
• Varying grades of research involvement
• Serving a community’s interests, ‘whose side are you
on?’ (Becker 1978)
• engagement and impact - key drivers for growth in
interest in CBR, PAR approaches.
• Access to funding – more diverse funders, based on
partnership working
Monday, April 13, 2015
The Impact of migrant workers on labour markets
ESRC Seminar
Sheffield Hallam University
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Key Features of Community Based
Research Approaches (Continued)
• Community capacity building, research, networks,
understandings, reflexivity but also solutions
• Social change and social activism
• Qualitative and quantitative
Framing Factors in HE research
• “Stakeholder University”
• Drive for research funding
• Impact
Monday, April 13, 2015
The Impact of migrant workers on labour markets
ESRC Seminar
Sheffield Hallam University, Feb 2011
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Community Based Research in
Crewe
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Fertile place for study of migration
Hefce funding to examine social regeneration
Background and skills of Uni researchers
Local competencies, co-researchers
Research agenda – shifted to being provided by
community themselves
• Racism at work, problems within and between
migrant groups, gender and work.
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The impact of migrant workers on labour markets
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February 2011
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Benefits:
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Being able to access the so-called ‘hard to reach’
Ownership = engagement
Getting inside the traditional accounts,
Use of co-researchers benefits participants
Frees data collection from usual time/uni constraints.
Similar strengths to ethnographic inquiry
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Interconnections
• Work and community life
• The ‘community’ is key to choices about work,
knowledge of local labour market and to aspirations
• Likewise, employers have understandings of
communities
• Some aspects of work can be rooted in community
differentiation/s
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Benefits, Continued
• Facilitates trust relationships where trust has often
broken down, there is social exclusion and
generally liminal status of the study group
• E.g. Examining forms of forced labour, secretive
behaviour (anabolic steroid and illegal drug use),
health and safety breaches at work, racism and
sexism at work
• Working with a mandate (of some form).
• Sustainable research - Networking and
Collaborative potential
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Limitations:
• Mandate – can be a double-edged sword
• Who are ‘the community’, inclusion and exclusions
• Getting tangled up in red tape: obstacles to working
with communities due to stakeholders
• Logistics – living the work and risk
assessment/negotiation
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Limitations, continued
• Burn-out of staff – translators, researchers who are
‘of’ the community
• “Atlas Effect” (DiPaolo and Lee-Treweek 2004 – paper
available from the authors
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Risk to full time researchers –
Community approaches as non-work/activism
red listing
Expectations and delivery of outcomes
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Final Points
• Community based research - Is it worth it?
• Changing status
• Growing importance of impact, voice,
engagement
• Personal satisfaction
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