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Wednesday, June 14 • 14:30 - 16:00
Invited Symposium: Co-producing resilience research - Angie Hart, Scott Dennis, Naydene de Lange, Mosna Khaile

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Invited Symposium Summary
Co-producing resilience research

 Angie Hart, Scott Dennis, Naydene de Lange, Mosna Khaile
Chair: Angie Hart, Shahnaz Biggs
This symposium gives an overview of three exciting projects that are being coproduced by teams of young people with lived experience of adversity, academics, students and practitioners. We will share research findings and discuss some of the key approaches to co-productive resilience research that we have taken.

Invited Symposium Abstract
Piloting and evaluating resilience-building games and tools co-created by young people with lived experience of adversity, students, practitioners and academics
Scott Dennis (BoingBoing, UK), Ollie Gibbs, Josh Thompson, Shahnaz Biggs, Lisa Mills, Sharon Butler
Co-Authors: Anne Rathbone, Simon Duncan, Pauline Wigglesworth, Gabrielle Rowles, Lisa Buttery 
Introduction: A range of resilience building games have been co-developed by young people with complex needs, practitioners, academics and students, based on the Resilience Framework our group has developed (www.boingboing.org.uk). We have evaluated the main games developed and use this learning to improve our materials for many purposes.
Methods: The project ran from May 2015-April 2017 and data collected included individual qualitative feedback from children and young people, practitioners and parents playing the games. In addition, testing of the games at a whole class level was carried out in schools. A variety of methods was used to gain the feedback depending on the needs and preferences of the young people. The qualitative feedback was inputted into a qualitative data analysis programme where the results were then drawn out from the transcripts and coded using thematic analysis.
Findings: The results demonstrate the market for the resilience building games. We make concrete suggestions as co-researchers and co-designers on how the games might be improved, reflecting also on the co-production process.  Finally, the results inform the use of these games for co-productive data collection.

‘We are unsafe out on the streets, at home, we are not safe at all”: Young rural school girls taking action against sexual violence
Presenter: Naydene de Lange (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa)
Co-Authors: Lebo Moletsane, Claudia Mitchell, Nozinga Nyamakazi, Amahle Day 
Introduction: South Africa has an outstanding policy framework relating to sexual violence. However, this do not seem to halt the perpetration of sexual violence on the ground.  This study explores how participatory research initiatives (including digital media practices) with girls living in rural South Africa can inform practices, policies, programs and services related to their own safety, security and well-being.
Methods: Drawing on bell hooks’ work, we argue that a ‘research as intervention’ approach can potentiate the agency of rural school girls to challenge social conditions that make them vulnerable to sexual violence and to ultimately take action to address such violence in their schools and communities.  This qualitative study draws on participatory visual methodology. Methods include drawing, photovoice, digital storytelling, cellphilms, creating policy posters and action briefs to engage 21 school girls  . The study aimed to explore the girls’ lived experiences of sexual violence, and to identify the social factors that make them vulnerable in families and communities.
Findings: Findings suggest that girls can resist what appears to be the sexualisation of their bodies, and are able to claim back their right to safety through engagement with peers, policy makers and with the community. How the girls themselves might take action to address sexual violence is also explored.

Patterns of resilience among young people in a community affected by drought:  A co-productive research project exploring historical and contextual perspectives
Presenter: Mosna Khaile (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Co-Authors: Liesel Ebersohn, Lisa Buttery, Various young people, Ruth Mampane, Linda Theron, Netsai Gwata
Introduction: The objective of this collaborative study between young people in South Africa, young people in the UK and academics in both countries is to understand better the complex relationships between drought, social-ecological systems and young people's resilience in South Africa. Drought is a slow-onset natural hazard that negatively impacts upon the social, economic, and environmental systems that affect young people's health and wellbeing
Methods: We are engaging in a series of co-produced arts-based activities to meet key study objectives (e.g. Body- mapping; Mmogo clay modelling). Workshops with South African participants are supporting them to collaborate further as co-researchers in order to interview community elders about how they manage drought and report back these conversations. A strategy to support the resilience of young people to drought-related challenges will be produced.  The South African youth researchers, assisted by three UK youth researchers will identify a creative medium of their choosing, through which to communicate their emergent resilience strategy to relevant stakeholders.
Findings: The study findings will reflect how drought severity is defined by young people and how to support young people and social ecological systems. It will also reflect on the co-productive process of this project. 


Shahnaz Biggs


Scott Dennis

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Angie Hart

University of Brighton / Boingboing
Angie Hart is Professor of Child, Family and Community Health at the University of Brighton and has been working on resilience research and practice for 10 years. She is an advisor to England’s Big Lottery Fund, Angie runs boingboing, a not for profit undertaking resilience research... Read More →

Mosna Khaile

University of Pretoria

Naydene de Lange

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Wednesday June 14, 2017 14:30 - 16:00 SAST
Hall C Century City Conference Centre