Exploring new and existing partnerships using Practice as Research (PAR) approaches.

The CLEI (Co Creating Liveness in Embodied immersion) Research Group, in partnership with Greenwich Research and Enterprise, University of Greenwich are holding the first two PARKE Café's as a pair of curated events:


PARKE Café 1 

Practice as Research Webinar 

We heard from external experts on Practice as Research who shared their long term experience and talked about a range of issues and topics including the diversity of output potentials, stakeholder engagement, innovation and enterprise, eco systems in creative industries, policy influence and formation, thought leadership, creativity, co-authoring change, community, end to end delivery, transdisciplinarity, plasticity, 21st century skills sets, institutional parameters and takes us on a deep dive into enhancing the links between the research professional within the university and impact with professions within the workplace.

Listen and watch this 1 hour webinar this to gain further insights to facilitate understanding of alternative types of research outputs.

Expert speakers:

Moderator for CLEI - Ghislaine Boddington, Co-director of CLEI and Reader in Digital Immersion at the School of Design, University of Greenwich.


PARKE Café 2

Workshop and Networking Event - Wednesday 2 March 2022, 10:30 - 13:30pm (in-person attendance only)

A face-to-face workshop and networking event for partnership building, held at Bathway Theatre Studio 1, Woolwich, SE18 6QX. This event will facilitate collaboration between University staff and external partners to develop ideas around SDG’s Sustainable Development Goals.

At sign up, you will be asked for your phone number in order to receive instructions via WhatsApp as part of a PAR lab consisting of creative tasks being received in the 3-5 days leading up to the in person event - this has the aim of encouraging collaboration and will culminate with the suggestion of opportunities to establish exchanges during the event.

Participant Information: It is expected that all participants will have either attended the webinar on 9 February or will have watched the post-event recording available above.

Funding Opportunity: We will be able to fund a number of independent freelancers up to £100 to participate in the workshop, please indicate when booking if you wish to be considered for funding.

Post-Event Proposals: Following the workshop if external partners/organisations would like to engage with researchers at the University of Greenwich, up to £200 will be made available to support the creation of a project proposal which will consist of no more than 2 sides of A4 paper.  We can sponsor up to five proposals. The most ambitious and achievable proposal will be rewarded time with James Rannard-Lambert (GRE - Greenwich Research and Enterprise) to identify larger funding pots and bid writing support.

Book your free place here


What is the PARKE Café?

The PARKE Café aims to aid a deeper understanding within the university, and beyond, of the significance of Practice as Research and Knowledge Exchange.  We are keen to develop links across disciplines within the university and with external partners: from grass roots organisations, the creative industries to policymakers and international business.

The work will focus on the Sustainable Developments Goals, approached through co-creation, liveness, and embodiment. Our aim is to gain a deeper understanding across the university staff (academic and professional services) to its importance, recognising and giving deserved status to such research, within the rostra of traditional research outputs.

Successful PARKE Café's will:

  • Bring in practitioners from diverse backgrounds.
  • Enable expert inputs to the group
  • Extend this joint knowledge into multiple small conversations.
  • Generate new ideas

Successful PARKE Café's do not:

  • Force people into long term commitments
  • Promise the world
  • Abandon people afterwards

Building a partnerships would include:

  • Development of an idea
  • Being clear on what each partner will gain from a potential relationship
  • Being clear on how the University will gain from a potential partnership
  • Recognise the need to develop / sustain a relationship over multiple years