Integrating Participatory Video into research projects provides opportunities for subject groups and communities to take part in determining what is being researched, collaborate on the different stages, acquire research skills, democratise knowledge generation and share the results. Here are examples of videos, articles, photostories and case studies where Participatory Video has been used by InsightShare as a research tool or as part of a research project.
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Himalayan Voices (compilation)

 Natural Resource Management in the Himalayan/Hindu Kush Regions


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Not Just Homeless

A group of formerly homeless people, students and staff members of two NGOs took on the challenge to document what it is like to be homeless in Oxford, the least affordable city in the UK. The team used action research and participatory video techniques to explore the diversity of causes of homelessness, the complexity of people’s struggles and how to break down harmful stereotyping.


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Farmer-to-Farmer Video: The Improved Stove - Why and how to make it?

This training video presents the benefits of an improved stove design, by comparing it to the 'traditional stove': a metal tripod or mud structure with an open fire underneath, which many people in the world use to warm their homes and cook their meals. It also demonstrates exactly how to build it and which materials and tools are needed. The video was made by four farmers and four staff members from the Himalayan Permaculture Centre (HPC) during a participatory video workshop in Baraguan, Surkhet, Nepal. 


Farmer-to-farmer video at the Himalayan Permaculture Centre; a participatory video and action research project

In a mountainous, isolated part of the Surkhet district in Nepal, the Himalayan Permaculture Centre (HPC) works to support people in ten rural villages by promoting no-or-low cost, locally appropriate techniques that have the potential to improve livelihoods. In February 2014, an action research project was undertaken to explore if a farmer-to-farmer mediated extension model, based around the production and dissemination of videos featuring local farmers and HPC staff, could effectively support HPC in their mission.


PV in Conservation, Markets and Justice Research Programme

In May-June 2014, the University of East Anglia invited InsightShare to conduct a training programme in participatory video facilitation for its researchers engaged in the ESRC-funded 'Conservation, Markets and Justice Research Programme'. A two-stage training and mentoring programme was developed for the researchers coming from the UK, Tanzania, Bolivia and China. The training was delivered in Norwich, UK and Kilwa District, Tanzania.


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The Space for Civil Society

Human rights defenders, activists, civil society leaders and representatives from non-governmental organisations discuss the challenges they face in countries across southern Africa and beyond.  It features interviews covering a range of countries and contexts, and includes an interview with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai.