Third major conference on challenges and best practice in co-production announced

Sheffield resilientThe Faculty of Social Sciences are delighted to announce the third major conference in the co-production theme Challenges and Best Practice.

This one-day event, supported by the ESRC, will take place on Wednesday 18 May 2016 at The Showroom Cinema & Workstation, Sheffield.

The aim for this conference is to explore the many different methods and practices of co-production that can be adopted and to understand how research can be relevant to a variety of non-academic partners. This event offers a space to learn how research can be developed and utilised in a wider context, to share ideas and explore examples of best practice, and reflect on how to design and deliver effective co-produced research projects successfully.

Bringing together academics, policy makers, practitioners and other experts, this year’s conference will explore a number of issues, including:

Why is co-production important and what does it involve?
What does ‘good practice’ in a co-production project look like?
What does co-production in relationship building look like?
Valuing knowledge across disciplines and across domains of practice: who uses co-production?
Why do people not use co-production? What barriers prevent people from using co-production?

Booking is now open and you can register your place through Eventbrite. This is a free event, but places are limited and therefore booking is essential.

Additionally, if you would like to submit a paper to the conference please see the call for papers attached. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to by Friday 26 February. Joint submissions between academics and partners from outside of the university would be particularly welcome.

Papers are also encouraged from practitioners (from organisations of any size or industry background), academics, community workers and other relevant individuals on topics related to any of the key questions identified above, ideally drawing on practical experience of co-production. All abstracts are welcome and encouraged.

For any further information please contact either Gareth Young or Claire Williams on