Joint seminar of Maria Angela Ferrario and Zoltán Bajmócy at Lancaster University

Maria Angela Ferrario, senior research associate at Lancaster University and Zoltán Bajmócy, member of CRS and associate professor at University of Szeged Faculty of Economics Research Centre jointly gave a seminar at Lancaster University on „digital social innovation, policy making and sustainability” on 31st October 2014.


„Digital Social Innovation, Policy Making and Sustainability” was the title of the seminar given jointly by Maria Angela Ferrario, senior research associate at Lancaster University and Zoltán Bajmócy, member of CRS and associate professor at University of Szeged Faculty of Economics Research Centre. Their cooperation lies in their joint pursuit of meaningful and mindful research with human values at its core. As part of a seminar series hosted by the Lancaster University Management School (LUMS), Maria Angela and Zoltán joined forces to spark a discussion about community-driven digital social innovation, its long-term societal sustainability and the implications for innovation and technology policies. The seminar took place while Zoltan was visiting at the Catalyst research team of Lancaster University School of Computing and Communications. CRS is looking forward for further cooperation with Catalyst researchers.

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PAR with Roma Communities in Szeged

CRS hase been working together with local Roma communities in order to help local social integration processes in Szeged. This cooperative work is based on the approach of participatory action research (PAR). The attached document briefly introduces the three year long work - its process and results.

Participatory video course field day in a Roma community, Szeged

Environmental Social Science Research Group (ESSRG), Community-Based Research for Sustainability Association (CRS) and Business Administration Doctoral School, Corvinus University of Budapest (CUB) organized a Participatory Video Course (Moviemaking in the Context of a Participatory Video Project) in Budapest (14-16 November 2013), with a field trip in Szeged

Participatory video (PV) can be understood as “… a collaborative approach to working with a group or community in shaping and creating their own film, in order to open spaces for learning and communication and to enable positive change and transformation” (PV-NET, 2008).

PV is an open,experimental approach to working with people and therefore a rich set of opportunities for engagement andaction research.

The workshop introduced techniques of moviemaking in the context of participatory video projects. It followed the line from preparation of a project to post-production. Aspecial focus was on editing. Participants learned about ways to do participatory editing, how to structurefootage and how to work with a non-linear editing system.

The workshop was “hands-on”: after short theoretical inputs participants worked together trying to create a short movie with footage shot during a workshop(the ARALIG PhD Course) in a Roma segregate in Szeged that was held in June 2013.

On the third day of the workshop participants conducted a one-day participatory video project with the pupils of a Roma afternoon school in Szeged (Kiskundorozsma) where we prepared two short videos with the children.

Participatory urban development - well, still a long way to go...

Barbara Mihók (CRS) at the public hearing (Szegedma)

Barbara Mihok, on behalf of CRS expressed serious concerns at the city's public hearing (Szeged, 14.12.2013) regarding the preparation of the integrated urban development plan. (Szegedma news portal. (Hungarian)).

Although the emerge of the need for "participation" and "planning" itself is a promising step in the public discourse of the Integrated Urban Development Strategy of the city, real partnership and deliberation is severely hindered by unrealistic deadlines and requirements during the process. As the "public" (meaning particular organizations invited by the city government) have the opportunity to participate in the consultation of a highly important policy document for only 2 months (!), it results in extremely short amount of time for commenting the documents provided. Partnership regarding the strategy has to be revised regularly, furthermore it is  essential to understand that "deliberation" and "participation" is much more than communication - undoubtedly a difficult concept for city leaders and planning agenciesto adopt.


Field day organized by CRS in Action Research Action Learning Interest Group - PhD Course

CRS co-organizes a participatory video session within a Roma community in Szeged, Hungary on 27th June, as a field training day of the Action Research Action Learning Interest Group (ARALIG) PhD Course. The citizens of the Roma segregate together with the course participants will make a video shot about the history and the current situation of their community.

About the PhD course:

The course is held in Budapest, 23-28 June 2013. The theme of the course is: Reflecting Through Images: Theorizing and Practicing Participatory Video and Social Photo Matrix It is organised by Action Research Action Learning Interest Group (ARALIG) in co-operation with Business Administration Doctoral School, Corvinus University of Budapest (CUB) and Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala

"The ARALIG-2013 PhD course aims to contribute to participants’ selfdevelopment as reflective practitioners. It will advance their critical craftmanship with a focus on skillfulness as an expression of nature of the person as action researcher. In particular it aims to address the opportunities, constraints, and paradoxes of participation as experienced through the application of different action research and action learning methods. The course will combine theoretical discussions with practical activities and provide group tutoring exercises in order to support participants to develop their reflective capacities and methodological reach and to advance their research topic. ARALIG-2013 will have visual techniques for participation as its focus."  See more:

About CRS in the Living Knowledge Newsletter 40 - April 2013


"PERARES contributed to the birth of a new Science Shop in Hungary

As a “by-product” of the PERARES project, a new science shop was established in Szeged, Hungary in the beginning of 2013. The initiative arose during the participatory action research process focusing on local human rights and marginalized people and quickly gained further support from researchers and activists involved in different areas of environmental and social justice."

See more in the April Newsletter of the Living Knowledge Network.

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