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Developing Creative Research Practices

A BSA South West Regional Medical Sociology Group Event

13-14 June 2024
University of Plymouth

About the Event

Developing creative research practices is invaluable if we wish to foster innovation and push the boundaries of knowledge. In embracing creative approaches we explore new perspectives, challenge existing assumptions and uncover novel insights. Being willing to question established ways of doing research, embrace uncertainty and seek alternative explanations involves curiosity, open-mindedness and collaboration to explore new and different ways of doing and knowing. Acknowledging, and celebrating, the ‘self’ in creative research practices is essential and recognising our own positionality contributes to research that is both original and authentic.

Running over a mid-late afternoon and the following full day this workshop begins on Thursday (13 June) with a round-table discussion on Creative Research Practices chaired by Tracey Collett. Speakers will include Geraldine Brown (Coventry), David Carless (West of Scotland), Gayle Letherby (Plymouth, Greenwich, Bath) and more. On Friday (14 June), we will spend the day in workshops – working individually and in groups (see detailed programme) – aimed at developing ourselves as creative research practitioners with a particular focus on issues and concerns relating to ill health/care.

Outline Programme

Thursday, 13 June


‘Creative Research Practices’ Panel, with cream tea

Friday Workshops, 14 June (times TBC)


Cabinet of Curiosities


World Café


Collaging the Self




On registering for the event please send a 50 word bio to Tracey Collett and Gayle Letherby.

Registration will close on Friday, 24 May at 5pm.

  • BSA Member: £80
  • Non-Member: £90
  • Unwaged BSA Member: £50
  • Unwaged Non-Member: £55

Contact the Organisers

For more information please contact Tracey Collett and Gayle Letherby.