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Dr Jenny Barke

Research & Impact Fellow

My research focuses on the ethics and methods of co-producing research across disciplines, sectors and with communities using participatory and creative research methods. I am particularly interested in the facilitation of co-produced/collaborative/participatory research activity and how groups can be supported to work togther to create impactful, rigorous and meaningful research.

I am a psychologist, and have worked across health, social sciences, arts, and humanities. I have expertise in a range of qualitative research methods. Much of my research has drawn on creative, arts-based methods and has involved collaborating with arts practitioners, community organisations, and charities.





Research interests

My research interests include:

  • Participatory and collaborative or co-produced research methods
  • The ethics of participatory research
  • Peer research/community research and relational expertise
  • Participatory research methods training
  • Arts based and creative methods
  • Research impact 
  • Researcher wellbeing 
  • Loneliness and positive ageing

Research supervision

 I am interested in working with doctoral students in areas across my research interests, including:

  • Participatory research methods
  • Community engaged research
  • The ethics of arts-based and community research methods



I am a psychologist by background and began my research career working in the field of visible difference and genetics. Through this work I became interested in arts based research methods and co-producing research with people with lived experience.

I have worked in both the third sector and Universities exploring a range of research topics, primarily with community organisations and community based researchers.

Before joining the University of Exeter in 2024 I was the Head of Participatory research at The Young Foundation, responsible for designing and delivering participatory research and peer research training with a range of partners including universities, the NHS, charities and local government. Research topics included Youth Violence, Health Equity, Eco-Anxiety, Social Infrastructure, access to healthly food and employment practices. 

Prior to working at the Young Foundation I worked on a series of co-produced research projects at the University of Bristol including working with community researchers, academics, community organisations and artists to explore the history of the Single Parent Action Network and collaborating with a community research collective of older people to research loneliness, develop interventions and share findings through creative writing and monologues 

I also worked for the University of the West of England with community evaluators on the Bristol Ageing Better research and evaluation Age UK Bristol | Bristol Ageing Better

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