We involved young people in various participatory research activities including future-mapping; interpretive focus groups and digital storytelling. All of these were centred around a citizen-inquiry based approach that focused on young people as researchers. The intention was that these inquiry tools, once tested and refined, would be transferable and could be applied across different disciplines.
We led a trial of ‘nquire’ – an Open University digital research platform based on Citizen Science methodology – as part of the project. Using nquire, young people were responsible for the design of their ‘mission’. The mission chosen by one of the groups we worked with (The International Pupil Council) was to collate and categorise single-plastic use and attitudes to/ knowledge around recycling in the city of Hull.
Our transdisciplinary approach involved working closely with colleagues from across the University including Politics, Chemical Engineering, Drama and Digital Media departments. We also initiated and developed strong relationships with a wide variety of formal and informal education settings across Hull.
We developed a strong link with schools and youth groups in Bremerhaven, Germany building on established contacts made by Professor Rudi Wurzel (Department of Politics). Through this partnership, we facilitated several workshops with primary and secondary schools and met with the Bremerhaven Council for Climate Change and the Youth Climate Council share young person centered approaches to the circular plastics economy.