Creating Knowledge Conference – Thriving, Inclusive Communities 2

Ruth Beresford – Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics
Having Fun in Research: A Community Activity?
Methodological Reflections on a Participatory Research Project about Pornography

In this talk, I will discuss my doctoral research the Living with Porn(ography) Project which explored women’s experiences of pornography using participatory research methods. Over the course of 9 months, I worked with 8 women from the Sheffield area, and using group discussions and interviews we explored our thoughts on and experiences of pornography. Through using participatory methods, I hoped to gain a deeper insight into the women’s lives, through them being part of directing how the research was conducted. Additionally, I wanted to pursue a more democratic research process, and participatory methods are concerned with research being more beneficial and reciprocal for those who take part. In this talk, I will reflect on how we sought to build more collaborative research relationships and produce knowledge in a more inclusive way. I will argue that a participatory approach was instrumental in producing more relevant and insightful knowledge, and the research process being more enjoyable for those taking part. One of the unanticipated successes of the project was the fun that was had in the research and the laughter shared in the group discussions and interviews. Laughter was an important part of creating an environment in which we could work together and discuss our experiences. In this talk, I will also consider how the research process being fun could be part of supporting a more participatory and collaborative research agenda more broadly. Furthermore, I will briefly explore what this means in relation to building new research relationships within the community.

Punita Chowbey – Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Department of Social Work, Social Care & Community Studies
I did not know where my card and cheque books were kept: economic abuse and financial strategies in Britain, India and Pakistan

Economic abuse has been recognised as a major limitation on women’s economic autonomy and ability to flee violence over the last few years. However, few studies have focused on economic abuse in the context of migration and for minoritised ethnic groups. Using an intersectional approach and based on in-depth interviews with 84 married women with dependent children from South Asian backgrounds, this presentation will demonstrate the importance of situating economic abuse in ethnic, socioeconomic and national contexts as well as in gender relations and seeing these as operating simultaneously. The presentation will extend the current conceptualisations of economic abuse by incorporating diverse perspectives from South Asian women in Britain and in India and Pakistan and present a typology of financial strategies used by the women to deal with economic abuse. Their strategies are, however, limited by the socioeconomic resources available to them.

Ian Elsmore; Alisha Ali; Philip Murray & Dave Egan – Sheffield Business School
Keeping the Tourist Pound in Yorkshire: A Study of Local Food Chains

Sheffield Business School is undertaking consultancy research for Welcome to Yorkshire on the economic value of Tourism to the Yorkshire region. To support the existing secondary tourism statistics, a number of case studies were undertaken to determine the supply chain of local tourism businesses. The aim of this was to identify the depth and breadth of suppliers and to understand if and how much of this spend is being kept within the local economy through buying local.

The results have revealed that the tourist pound is having a significant impact on specific non-tourist businesses such as butchers, farm-shops and farms in maintaining the economic viability of these businesses particularly in remote, rural areas. The findings also demonstrated how the search for authentic food by tourists can produce a big dividend for the host communities.

Welcome to Yorkshire has always promoted local food as part of its Tourism Strategy. Therefore, this research will add value to WTY in having tangible case studies to show how the benefits of using local produce can not only benefit the Tourist business but also providing support to the local community by improving the economic impact of Tourist pound, ie keeping the Tourist pound in Yorkshire.