Socio-materiality of trust: co-design with a resource limited community organisation

Rachel Elizabeth Clarke, Jo Briggs, Andrea Armstrong, Alistair MacDonald, John Vines, Emma Flynn, Karen Salt

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ABSTRACTTrust is an essential if often implicit aspect of co-design particularly when working in community-based, political and sensitive settings. Current co-design literature, however, remains fairly limited focusing on interactions between people as primary agents of trust. Drawing on research conducted with a poverty alleviation charity based in the UK, we illustrate how trust and distrust can also be mediated through material resources used in the co-design process. The paper highlights the significance of materials in negotiating the interdependencies of trust, in how distrust can be leveraged and trust can be supported through sensitive socio-material exchange conducted with resource limited community organisations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
Early online date5 Jul 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Jul 2019


  • Community research
  • co-design
  • trust
  • distrust
  • socio-materiality

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