Conclusion: A Comparative Analysis of the Use of Participatory Research Methods in Development, Post-disaster and Post-conflict Contexts
The primary objective of this book was to understand and explore the use of participatory research methods in the three distinctively different contextual environments of development, post-disaster and post-conflict. As literature on participatory methods often concentrates on why and how such methods should be used in the development context, the main contribution of this book to knowledge therefore, is the way it incorporates post-disaster and post-conflict environments as its other areas of focus. Having investigated the challenges faced in their application in those three environments and how researchers and practitioners deal with them in different approaches, a set of conclusions on the use of such methods were already highlighted in Chapters 8 and 17. Therefore, the overall conclusions will aim at a comparative analysis for the use of participatory research methods in the three different contexts, and in order to achieve this, the chapter will use the taxonomy of participation, power and empowerment to analyse the similarities and contrasts between them. Following this analysis, the chapter will end with a set of recommendations for an improved practice in the use of such methods.