Participatory Research

These tools correspond with the SLS Student Learning Outcomes

Big Idea Writeup

Participatory Research

Participatory Research starts from the principle of research with, not research for. In practice this means working closely with community partners to co-develop a research program, one that reflects the capacities and abilities of community members involved in the project and GT students and faculty.


Sociology of Medicine and Health

This course will introduce the sociology of medicine and health (also known as medical sociology or sociology of health and illness), which is a broad field examining the social production of health, wellness, illness and mortality. This sub-discipline of sociology starts from the assumption that we cannot understand the topics of health and illness simply by looking at biological phenomena and medical knowledge.

Toolkit Listing

ReGenesis Case Study: Creating a Sustainable Community through Collaborative Problem-Solving

This tool is a case study on the city of Spartanburg, South Carolina, a primarily minority-populated city which was found to be experiencing higher levels of health issues due to chemical plants and other polluting factors in the area. This case study examines how ReGenesis, a community-based organization, used stakeholder leveraging to address government and local officials and expose the inequity and injustice in Spartanburg.

This tool was contributed by Christian Braneon and Delaney Rickles. The affiliated case study, ReGenesis—A Practical Application of the CPS Model is taken from Chapter 4 of EPA’s Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model (2008).

Learning More About Community Organizations

This presentation tool, based on a lesson created by Yelena Rivera-Vale and Kristina Chatfield for their GT 1000 course, introduces first year students to community organizations working on initiatives in the local Atlanta area. Interviewing members, actively participating in organizational activities, and then reporting on these experiences allows students a chance to not only further explore the ways that Georgia Tech actively partners with community organizations but also offers a chance to see some of the successes produced by these partnerships first-hand.