Nicole Brown

I am a Lecturer in Education and Academic Head of Learning and Teaching at the UCL Institute of Education in London, UK, and doctoral researcher at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. Research is often where “things are done to others”. An alternative, imaginative ethnography to me aligns with the idea that participants should be partners in co-creating and generating new knowledge,  rather than seeing research participants as providers whose knowledge can be harvested. In my work I try to explore these areas so that I find ways to provide those with quieter voices with means and tools to explore the unexplored, to express the un-expressable, to give voice to the unheard and to empower the minorities. I aim to level the field of research through offering a range of alternative, creative or innovative modes of expressions, including objects, materiality, metaphors and representations, for example in the form of identity boxes. My research currently focuses on reflective practice, reflexivity and the construction of identity.