Participatory Design and Action Research : Identical Twins or Synergetic Pair ?

  title={Participatory Design and Action Research : Identical Twins or Synergetic Pair ?},
  author={Marcus Foth},
In this paper we explore the similarities and differences of participatory design and action research in a crossdisciplinary fashion. We briefly outline two distinct studies: (1) a design study that examines mobile interactions of backpackers, and (2) an urban sociology study to better understand social networks of apartment residents. The first study follows a participatory design approach. The second study is guided by action research principles. We reflect on the research practice of these… CONTINUE READING
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