Empowering community engagement and involvement in global health research, IDS short course, 9-13 September 2024

31 May, 2024

Dear colleagues

After a successful first edition of our empowering community engagement and involvement in global health research specialist short course in January 2024, we are pleased to share that we will be running it again in-person from 9th to 13th September 2024 at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton, UK.

This short course offers an opportunity for participants to work through the thorny questions and challenges that arise when undertaking Community Engagement and Involvement (CEI) in practice.

Find out more on the course webpage. https://www.ids.ac.uk/specialist-short-courses/empowering-community-enga...

Building on a prior UK National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) commissioned learning programme on CEI [ https://www.nihr.ac.uk/researchers/i-need-help-funding-my-research/tips-... ] and many years of experience working within research collaborations around the world, our in-person course seeks to enable peer-to-peer learning on issues such as navigating the dilemmas of ethical engagement in real time, making change visible through adaptive learning processes, and a deep dive into the challenges of integrating CEI within applied health research. As global health research funders increasingly demand projects and proposals that incorporate public and/or community engagement elements, this course is designed to give space to ask hard questions and reckon with the intended (and unintended) consequences of shifting power in research processes.

Facilitators include Erica Nelson (IDS) and Rene Loewenson (Training and Research Support Centre - TARSC).

The course will run from 9 September until 13 September and the deadline for application is 12 August 2024.

Course fee: starting from £1,225 per person, with discounts available for group bookings and small nonprofits.

To find out more by about the course and discounts visit the IDS website.


Apply to the course by completing the online application form before 12 August 2024.


If you have any questions about the above, or the course content, please reach out to our short course coordinator Marie Uwase.

Thank you and kind regards,

Tom Barker

Health and Nutrition Cluster

Institute of Development Studies

HIFA profile: Tom Barker is Senior Health Convenor in the Health and Nutrition Cluster of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK Tom has 15 years’ experience working in knowledge brokering, research communication, policy engagement, and parliamentary influencing in the UK health and international development policy arenas. Tom manages a portfolio of health and nutrition projects working in Sub- Saharan Africa and Asia, including Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, China, India and Bangladesh, including Future Health Systems, and is currently Communications Manager for Health Systems Global. Previously Tom managed a research knowledge brokering network for the UK National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research Programme; facilitated engagements with the UK Parliament for the NHS Confederation, a membership body for NHS organisations; and ran the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Primary Care and Public Health. Tom has an MSc Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. t.barker AT ids.ac.uk