Action-research using Participatory Video. A learning experience in San Lorenzo, Castellón, Spain.

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Alejandra Boni
Gynna Farith Millán


The aim of this paper is to analyse a Participatory Action Research (PAR) process undertook as part of a summer school in 2014, in the neighbourhood of San Lorenzo, Castellón–Spain. The methodology of Participatory Video (PV) was used to introduce action learning amongst attending international students; to visualize the work of local practitioners and to enhance the voice of the local community. To carry out the analysis of this experience, an original framework is developed (the ePARC cube). The cube features three axes that represent the dimensions the PV process touches upon: 1. participation, 2. knowledge, and 3. public deliberation. From this three dimensional perspective, we argue that a genuine participatory process raises issues that often cross-cut. We conclude that to take full advantage of the momentum a PV process could reach in a community to affect social change; more engagement from policy makers should be sought.

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Participatory video, action learning, higher education, practitioners


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Boni, A., & Millán, G. (1). Action-research using Participatory Video. A learning experience in San Lorenzo, Castellón, Spain. Commons. Revista De Comunicación Y Ciudadanía Digital, 5(1). Recuperado a partir de
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Alejandra Boni, INGENIO (CSIC-UPV)

Associate Professor at the Universitat Politécnica de València, Spain. Research fellow at INGENIO (CSIC-UPV). Honorary Professor of the University of the Free State, South Africa. Co-convenor of the thematic Education Group of the Human Development and Capability Association and Vice-president of the International Development Ethics Association. Her research interest are human development, higher education, collective social innovation, development education and communication for social change.

Gynna Farith Millán, Queen Mary University

Gynna is a PhD Candidate at the School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London. She has an MSc in Building and Urban Design in Development from University College London and is an architect from Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Gynna is also a researcher at the research group ‘Collective Social Innovation’ at the Institute for the Management of Innovation and Knowledge, INGENIO (UPV-CSIC). Her current research interests are: Smart Cities, Urban Development in the Global South, Visual Research Methods and Grassroots Social Innovation.