Radical Methodologies (RaM) Research and Enterprise Group

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"Radical Methodology" embroidery patch on tartan material. Image credit: Sally Sutherland 2020The Radical Methodologies (RaM) Research and Enterprise Group explores counter-conventional approaches to research and practice across varied contexts and disciplines. The group’s activities support the development of epistemologically sensitive approaches to situations characterised by complexity, conflicting values, and uncertain boundaries.

Given the systemic complexity of contemporary challenges, questions of methodology are increasingly important. Yet, there remains a tendency to reduce methodological considerations to processes of selection between known methods and techniques. The work of RaM looks to question the roots of methodological assumptions (hence radical – from the Latin radix, or root) and to promote exchange between discourses that tend to get separated out by institutional, disciplinary and departmental structures.

RaM hosts regular events, facilitating the exchange of methodological insight amongst researchers and practitioners and maintaining a strong and active connection to the university’s doctoral postgraduate taught community. Members of the group sustain and develop collaborative partnerships with individuals and organisations externally. Current focuses include feminisms, radical pedagogies, cybernetics, radical constructivism, design activism, meta-design, radical positions in ethics, design research and the philosophy of science, and trans- and post-disciplinary perspectives.

Image credit: Sally Sutherland 2020

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    Research Output

    Can Design Care for people's frustrations and doubts?

    Sutherland, S. & Gault, A., 2020, Does Design Care...?! Head-to-Head Debates. Rodgers, P., Bremner, C. & Innella, G. (eds.). Lancaster: Lancaster University, p. 21-33 12 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

    Designing for active engagement, enabling resilience and fostering environmental change

    Phillips, R., Abbas-Nazari, A., Gant, N. & Tooze, J., 1 Mar 2020, In : Design, Business and Society. 6, 1, p. 43-70 28 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Forward: Acting cybernetically: Papers from the 2019 conference of the American Society for Cybernetics

    Sweeting, B. & Scholte, T., Jul 2020, In : Cybernetics & Human Knowing. 27, 2, p. 5-7

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Activities

    MeCCSA PGN 2020- Mediating Place: Memory, culture and experience.

    Harriet Parry (Organiser)

    10 Sep 2021

    Activity: EventsConference

    Exploring post rationalities through design

    Sally Sutherland (Presenter) & Tom Ainsworth (Presenter)

    13 Sep 2020

    Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation

    Cybernetics Society Annual Conference: 21st Century Stories of Practice

    Ben Sweeting (Participant)

    12 Sep 202013 Sep 2020

    Activity: EventsConference