Towards a more-than-human participatory research

Michelle Bastian*

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This chapter reflects on a 12 month research project that asked, first, whether participatory methods might extend towards a consideration of the more-than-human, and second whether the wealth of experience gained by participatory researchers, from working across social, cultural and other boundaries, might helpfully illuminate issues faced by more-than-human researchers. I share insights generated by the project, as notes towards a more extended conversation about the possibility of more-than-human PR (MtH-PR). First, I outline the design and implementation of the project. I then place the project into conversation with PR literatures in order to highlight some of the ways that participatory approaches may indeed be open to working with wider understandings of who could be involved. Crucially, these literatures also offer cautions against the assumption that certain forms of inclusion are necessarily a good thing. So this chapter also discusses potential pitfalls of uncritically taking up the promise of participation in a more-than-human context.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge International Handbook of More-than-Human Studies
EditorsAdrian Franklin
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781003262619
ISBN (Print)9781032191676
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2023


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