Lab Sessions

2020-2022 Sessions

The inaugural year of the Lab created space for fifteen sessions with participants from all around the world discussing legal empowerment. As part of the Lab's commitment to sharing our learning process for greater collaboration across time and space, distillations of each session's questions, discussions, and moments of growth can be found below. Session agendas, notes, and presentations can be found in the Lab's Resource Library.

Session 1: Introduction to Legal Empowerment

Introduction to Legal Empowerment

October 2020

Legal empowerment is crucial to transforming justice.

Session 1 Resource Library


Session 2: Introduction to Participatory Action Research

Introduction to Participatory Action Research

November 18, 2020

Participatory action research (PAR) challenges hierarchies.

Introduction to PAR (PDF: 5.98 MB)

Session 2 Resource Library

Session 3: Community-Led Research Design

Community-Led Research Design

January 14, 2021

Centering communities changes the nature of knowledge.

Community-Led Research (PDF: 3.73 MB)

Session 3 Resource Library

Session 4: Participatory Data Collection

Participatory Data Collection

March 18, 2021

Create methods for data collection that work for the community.

PAR Data Collection (PDF: 5.27 MB)

Session 4 Resource Library

Session 5: Shared Struggles

Shared Struggles

June 14, 2021

Building connections creates space to build knowledge.

Shared Struggles (PDF: 4.98 MB)

Session 5 Resource Library

Session 6: Participatory Data Analysis

Participatory Data Analysis

June 15, 2021

Participatory action research is about shifting power.

Data Analysis in PAR (PDF: 2.77 MB)

Session 6 Resource Library

Session 7: Accountability and Ethics

Accountability and Ethics

June 16, 2021

Ethical approaches are necessary to avoid perpetuating violence.

Ethics in PAR (PDF: 5.99 MB)

Session 7 Resource Library

Session 8: Delegitimization


June 17, 2021

Delegitimizing community-based knowledge delegitimizes community member experiences.

Delegitimization (PDF: 5.68 MB)

Session 8 Resource Library

Session 9: Personal Participatory Action Research Journeys

Personal PAR Journeys

June 18, 2021

There is no one single path to participatory action research.

Personal PAR Journeys (PDF: 4.15 MB)

Session 9 Resource Library

Session 10: Case Study- Sengwa Coal

Case Study Sengwa Coal

July 28, 2021

A case study on coal pollution in Sengwa, Zimbabwe.

Case Study- Sengwa Coal Distillation (PDF: 9.27 MB)

Session 10 Resource Library

Session 11: Methodological Examples

Methodological Examples

August 26, 2021

The framework of PAR creates space for multiple methodologies.

Methodological Examples Distillation (PDF: 9.63 MB)

Session 11 Resource Library

Session 12: Collaborative Writing

Collaborative Writing

September 30, 2021

Collaborative writing processes challenge whose writing is legitimized.

Collaborative Writing Distillation (PDF: 8.34)

Session 12 Resource Library

Session 13: Protocols


October 28, 2021

Developing protocols to embed ethics in the methodology reduces harm.

Protocols Distillation (PDF: 9.21 MB)

Session 13 Resource Library

Session 14: Roadmap


March 3, 2022

Take time to reflect on the road already traveled, and the road yet to come.

Session 14 Resource Library


Session 15: Case Study- Maternal Health

Case Study Maternal Health

April 7, 2022

A case study on the impacts of COVID on maternal health in India.

Case Study- Maternal Health Distillation (PDF: 3.62 MB)

Session 15 Resource Library