Tangible co-production? Engaging and creating with fathers

Iryna Culpin, Esther M Dermott, Jonathan C S Ives, Julie MacLeavy*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article adds to an increasing body of social science literature, which engages with the research practice of ‘co-production’. It aims to make a distinctive contribution by suggesting that what is produced under this process should be given greater attention. Previous literature has focused on the ‘co’ (cooperative) element: debating whether and under what conditions wider participation between academic and non-academic actors can be genuinely emancipatory, and the degree to which more radical research approaches centred on empowering marginalised groups have been usurped through management discourses of participatory governance. Drawing on a case study of a pilot project that developed support resources for new fathers under the auspices of a co-production research design, the article highlights the dynamics and limitations of the process, but additionally and distinctively suggests an important way in which the success of co-production can be judged that includes practical and tangible outputs beyond academic knowledge and takes objects and materiality seriously as a dimension of co-production in an academic setting.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 21 Nov 2020


  • Co-production
  • Fathers
  • Participatory research
  • Materiality
  • Tangible
  • Creative methods

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