Socially Inclusive Research

Using The Wheel of Power to Navigate Power, Privilege and Intersectionality within Communities

In applied research across various community settings, successful outreach, communication with participants and an understanding of power dynamics and privilege are essential for researchers.

Truly inclusive social design is only feasible when respondents are closely and respectfully integrated at every stage of the research process. This necessitates a sharp awareness of power relations, for example in neighbourhoods where gentrification occurs. 

This tool equips students to recognise both the subtle and overt manifestations of power that contribute to varying levels of marginalisation and privilege, thereby fostering their development into more inclusive and socially attuned researchers.

Learning outcome

  • The student is able to apply their understanding of power, privilege and positionality to develop and implement practical research guidelines that ensure inclusivity in research design