Monday 6 March 2017 – lunchtime seminar with Dr Lucy Melville-Richards (Bangor University)

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Speaker: Dr Lucy Melville-Richards (Bangor University)
Exploring the Science & Craft of Co-production: People, Objects & Implementation

Dr Lucy Melville-Richards splits her time between practising as a mental health nurse and working as a practice educator. She recently completed her PhD, a case study exploring ‘boundary objects’, shared things and ideas around which stakeholders collaborate to translate evidence into practice through university-NHS partnerships (Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care, CLAHRCs).

Lucy became fascinated by the interaction of science and society whilst studying Applied Biology at Bangor University in the 1990s. Her growing interest in people and things led her to pursue a master’s degree in Science, Culture and Communication at the University of Bath in 2002. In 2007, following time spent working with homeless service-users, Lucy discovered nursing and re-trained as an RMN.

A key focus of Lucy’s research is the emergence of concepts, things, and services which are meaningful, resonant, and authentic to users. The work of Susan Leigh Star, the concept of bricolage, and the processes and experience of collective learning have all contributed to her approach. Themes of experimentation, improvisation, and the tolerance of conflict and uncertainty, underpinned by a commitment to co-production, are evident throughout her work.

Lucy aims to deliver participatory presentations which explore collective experience. Her work includes creating an interactive ‘quilt of knowledge’ and using gameplay to engage participants. She recently delivered a prize-winning ‘Shrine to Evidence-Based Practice’, an immersive exercise in co-production propelled by participants’ own thoughts around what evidence-based practice meant to them.

The concepts of boundary objects, bricolage, and co-production will be explored by Lucy on Monday 6th March at Sheffield Hallam University. Because she is curious about how things work and what makes people tick, Lucy asks attendees to bring something to contribute: a thought or thing evoking memories or feelings about giving or receiving care, in any context.

1.00PM – 2.00PM
MONDAY 06 March 2017


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