The research team consists of an investigator and a project mentor, both based at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the Open University. The project also has an advisory group who will help to ensure that the aims of the project are being met.
Daniel McCulloch is a Lecturer in Criminology and Social Policy at the Open University. His research interests relate to the understandings of 'marginalised' populations, as well as critical evaluation of methodological claims.
He has previously used participatory visual methods, in the forms of life mapping and auto-photography, both of which were utilised as part of his PhD research, which considered the experiences of people sleeping rough and those who provide homelessness services. He has also undertaken research which considered the experiences of profoundly deaf prisoners in England and Wales.
Jacqui Gabb is Professor of Sociology and Intimacy at the Open University. She is interested in exploring interdisciplinary approaches for researching and theorizing intimacy and personal relationships, working in the fields of Family and Sexuality Studies. She also has established interests in mixed methods and multiple qualitative methods research. She has completed RCUK-funded projects on couple relationships, lesbian parenthood, intimacy and sexuality in families, and post-divorce fatherhood. Her recent ESRC-funded study on long-term couple relationships Enduring Love? (RES-063-23-3056) has received widespread critical acclaim, with findings being reported in the national and international media, and published in academic, self-help, relationship support and educational formats.
The advisory group comprises visual method experts, practitioners, and participants about whom claims of the value of participatory visual methods for giving ‘voice’ are made. This group will help to ensure that the aims of the project are being met, that the project is attuned to the latest developments in thinking about participatory visual methods, and that the project produces useful outputs for a range of audiences.