Aline Gubrium, Krista Harper, and Marty Otañez have a new book out called Participatory Visual and Digital Research in Action. The book features 16 original articles, a companion to the authors’ Participatory Visual and Digital Methods, that illustrate how innovative visual and digital research techniques are being used in various field projects in health care, environmental policy, urban planning, education and youth development, and heritage management settings. The book also has a companion website.
Cynthia Selin and I have a chapter in here on our recent research collaboration on the Futurescape City Tours. The Futurescape City Tours experiment with new digital and visual methods to enhance the quality and depth of citizen engagement with the social and political dimensions of emerging technologies. By drawing in diverse viewpoints to reimagine sociotechnical pathways, our goal is to amplify citizens’ voices and foster a critical gaze. This case, a large-scale public deliberation created by the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University, involved designing and conducting engagement experiences that invited city residents to join a walking tour where they reflect on the urban environment up close, interact with stakeholders and experts, capture their experiences using photography and examine those images in the context of past, present and future visions in image-based deliberative sessions. As a research project, Futurescape City Tours seek to better understand the value and functionality of public engagement activities that integrate diverse stakeholders and publics, tend to the politics of place, rigorously trigger imagination, and creatively use multi-media tools.