Call for EOI: Community Engagement: the Challenges of Research and Marginalised Groups

Call for EOI: Community Engagement: the Challenges of Research and Marginalised Groups
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We regret to inform that this event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.


We are seeking expressions of interest from ANU academics and students to participate in the Masterclass with the Honorary Distinguished Professor Diana Rose on "Community engagement: the challenges of research and marginalised groups".

This will be an 'interactive' workshop. People should come prepared with examples of when they have worked with members of marginalised communities, what went well and what were the barriers. This encompasses everything from knowledge / linguistic barriers to very practical matters. Pairs or groups of people who have worked together would be very welcome and it's fine to display mistakes! That is how we learn. I know it is a big ask but if anyone has worked in the mental health space (very broadly conceived) with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples that would really add to the discussion. I will offer a model through which to think about different levels of alignment of communication derived from the work of Jurgen Habermas. But I have adapted it and we shall see if it works in the examples people bring.

Pre-reading will be pre-circulated, but participants should read:
ROSE, D. 2022. Mad Knowledges and User Led Research, Palgrave, Chapter Five

Diana Rose was born and raised in a semi-feudal economy in the North of Scotland. She made it to university and then had two academic careers. The first centered social psychology, language and feminism but was terminated by the mental distress that had been with her all her adult life. She spent the next 10 years in and out of hospital, ‘living in the community’ and never expecting to work again. At the same time’ in these 10 years she became heavily involved in activism. But she was in the right place at the right time. The UK government wanted to involve ‘patients and the public’ in research. And so a source of stigma became a qualification for one job in particular. This first job comprised peer evaluation of services by the ‘most vulnerable’. She was then approached to go to the Institute of Psychiatry as ‘Co-Ordinator’ of the Service User Research Enterprise (SURE), a team of user/survivor researchers. That was 2001 and in 2013 she became the world’s first Professor in User-Led Research. Many a tale could be told about those 12 years She retired in 2020 and now lives in France. Her latest book is Mad Knowledges and User-Led Research, published by Palgrave in 2022.

If you are interested in participating in this masterclass event, please submit the following via email to Catherine Waldby ( by 5 pm on 12 September 2023.

  • A 300-word statement outlining how your research work would gain from participating in this masterclass.
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae, limited to two pages.

Places are strictly limited to 25 selected participants. Successful participants will be informed and will receive further details on the event with the link to registration.


Date & time

Wed 27 Sep 2023, 9am–2pm


RSSS Building, Room 2.56, 146 Ellery Crescent Acton, ACT 2601


Diana Rose


Catherine Waldby


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