Tom Wakeford has been a biologist, action researcher and participatory worker. For the last twenty years he has been involved in organising democratic processes in collaboration with civil society organisations, using the principles of participatory action research.
Tom has been involved in around twenty five processes of participatory technology assessment, such as Citizen Foresight (1998), Prajateerpu (2001) and Nanojury (2005) and many other deliberative processes focussing on racism, ageism and social justice. He has particular expertise in working with individuals and groups who have been excluded from traditional top-down processes of public participation. His international work includes initiatives in the EU, India, Brazil, Zimbabwe and Myanmar.
Tom is author and co-editor of articles and books on issues ranging across the sciences and humanities, including Everyday Experts (2017), People’s Knowledge: Escaping the White Walled Labyrinth (2016), Empowered Participation (2008), Liaisons of Life (2001) and Science for the Earth (1995). He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society and a member of the Strategic Peer Review College of the Global Challenges Research Fund, a UK government fund to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by countries of the Global South.
His latest publication, jointly authored with Javier Sanchez Rodriguez is Participatory Action Research: Towards a More Fruitful Knowledge.
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