Creative and participatory research

Our research is collaboratively developed between academics, communities, artists, and organisations.  We are keen to champion and learn from work that is interdisciplinary and utilises co-creative and arts-engaged methods. All of our research falls under one (or more) of our priority areas:

  • Connected communities
  • Positive youth transitions
  • Health inequalities and wellbeing

Areas of research vary, but all projects are seeking answers to research questions that concern human flourishing and social justice, and all are interested in exploring methodological innovation.

Below you will find information on some of the research projects currently being conducted with the Binks Hub team, our students, and how to learn more about wider participatory and arts-engaged research projects (as well as how to share your own with us!). 

Current Binks Hub research projects

Find out more about some of the current research happening at the Binks Hub:


The REALITIES consortium of 57 people has five established asset hubs in Clackmannanshire, Dundee, Easter Ross, Edinburgh and North Lanarkshire. So far, we’ve co-produced a systems-level model with deprived communities, policymakers, practitioners and researchers collecting and respecting different types of knowledge and alternative evidence-bases (from arts performances to nature walks; words to statistics) as equally important to understand complexities of unjust and avoidable health differences.

dementia creativity


Binks Hub research fellow Jimmy Turner has been working with the Edinburgh Centre for Research on the Experience of Dementia (ECRED) on a project exploring ways to include people with advanced dementia as co-researchers through the arts.

Fife Gingerbread

Binks Hub co-director Emma Davidson and Lisa Howard have been using collaborative and creative methods to explore how the Fife Gingerbread service is being delivered, and what elements are helping families most.

Binks Hub student projects

Exploring the meanings, value and impacts of co-producing research

PhD student Helen Berry’s research explores research co-production – a values-based, collaborative and relational approach to creating knowledge in partnership with communities – and how it makes a difference.

Digital inclusion in Edinburgh

PhD student Nishat Tasneem is working with the social innovation charity People Know How on an SGSSS Collaborative Award funded project to formulate an understanding of the processes and support that people from marginalised households find most useful in their journeys from an experience of digital exclusion to that of digital inclusion.

Other inspiring co-created research projects

We also share information and updates about Binks Hub members’ projects on our blog.