Being Participatory Through the Use of App-Based Research Tools

  • Sophie Hadfield-Hill
  • Cristiana Zara


This chapter considers the practical and ethical complexities of participatory, app-based research with children and young people. Technological advances offer social science researchers new tools to explore young people’s lives, be it their mobilities, routines, health or relationships with people and space. As researchers we need to carefully consider the conception, design and application of such methodologies, to ensure they are both ethical and appropriate. Here we consider the mobile research application Map My Community to highlight the advantages and challenges associated with participatory app-based research, advocating for an approach where young participants are co-designers, co-analysers and co-disseminators of app-based tools and data.


Mobile app Participatory Young people Technology Qualitative research 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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