Blog series: Introduction to Transformative Research Methods

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Transformative research and its methods are multiple and diverse. They have the potential to broaden perspectives and challenge established assumptions. They can prioritize the voices of marginalized groups, promoting inclusivity and social justice. These methods stimulate creativity, leading to innovative solutions and novel ideas. They engage participants actively, fostering a sense of ownership, and are crucial for effective problem-solving, especially in addressing complex global challenges. 

Design Impact Transition Platform (DIT) hopes this blog series on transformative research methods can be highly beneficial to those interested in learning more about transformative research- and how it is done in practice. By looking at real-life examples of research using transformative methods we aim to illuminate the significance of these methods in a comprehensive and accessible manner. These blogs will highlight real-world examples, the challenges and successes of different transformative research methods, highlighting the tangible impact of transformative research. Through this, individuals and organizations can not only learn but also be inspired to incorporate these methods into their work, fostering a culture of inclusivity, innovation, and effective problem-solving.  

Transformative research methods explored will include: 

  1. Design Ethnography, 
  2. Reflexive Monitoring, and 
  3. Photo Voice.

Through different interviews with researchers in various projects and stages of their careers, we will explore related topics like: what transformative research methods exist? What does transformative mean? What makes a research method transformative? We welcome any insight you have to add to or comment on our series, please email us at

Stay tuned for more blogposts about transformative research methods: 

  • Changing Perspectives: The Transformative Power of Design Ethnography. 

Photo Voice: How can a Picture Speak a Thousand Words in Research?

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