Vulnerable Researchers: Opportunities, Challenges and Collaborative Co-design in Regional Research

  • Beth EdmondsonEmail author


Co-designed research is rightly promoted as offering opportunities for vulnerable or marginalised groups and communities to become co-designers in research, rather than subjects of it. There are well-documented benefits in bringing diverse perspectives and experiences into research dialogues. Ensuring that researchers are not detached observers is integral to these processes. However, in adopting these research approaches, researchers can be exposed to the circumstantial vulnerabilities of others and their emotions in navigating them. These intersecting relationships alter the perspectives of researchers. Through them, researchers are no longer detached from the experiences of their research participants, nor from the systemic and structural conditions that underpin them. This chapter provides personal reflections upon some of the challenges and privileges of co-designed research focused on improving health outcomes in the Inner Gippsland and Latrobe City regional communities.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Humanities and Social SciencesFederation University AustraliaChurchillAustralia

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