Taking deliberative research online:Lessons from four case studies

Willis, Rebecca and Yuille, Andy and Bryant, Peter E. and McLaren, Duncan and Markusson, Nils (2021) Taking deliberative research online:Lessons from four case studies. Qualitative Research. ISSN 1468-7941

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Researchers using deliberative techniques tend to favour in-person processes. However, the covid-19 pandemic has added urgency to the question of whether meaningful deliberative research is possible in an online setting. This paper considers the reasons for taking deliberation online, including bringing people together more easily; convening international events; and reducing the environmental impact of research. It reports on four case studies: a set of stakeholder workshops considering greenhouse gas removal technologies, convened online in 2019, and online research workshops investigating local climate strategies; as well as two in-person processes which moved online due to covid-19: Climate Assembly UK, a Citizens’ Assembly on climate change, and the Lancaster Citizens’ Jury on Climate Change. It sets out learnings from these processes, concluding that deliberation online is substantively different from in-person meetings, but can meet the requirements of deliberative research, and can be a rewarding and useful process for participants and researchers alike.

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