We’re proud to say that ESRO had a fantastic night at Monday’s Laria awards. In partnership with the London Borough of Lambeth, we were delighted to win the Best Community Engagement/Consultation Award for our ethnographic training of council officers, and our associated studies of some of the borough’s most hard-to-engage communities.
We are delighted to have been shortlisted in two categories for the inaugural Local Authorities Research & Intelligence Association (Laria) awards.
We’ve been nominated in the Community Engagement category for our work with Lambeth Council, transferring ethnographic skills to council staff, and
I had a great time yesterday at Brighton University, delivering a lecture on the design-based applications of ethnography to final year product design students. Click here for their excellent blog - which features a few kind words on what I had to say! Thanks to everyone there for making me so welcome.
When I reflect on all the exciting work I’m now doing at ESRO, it’s hard to believe that a year ago I was hunched over a table in a school gym somewhere in the American midwest, carefully weighing a kindergartener’s half-eaten, half-regurgitated lunch in the name of behavioural economics.
I was working as a research assistant on a field experiment at a major American university.
Last summer, the ESRO team was involved in a thought-provoking piece of work about funerals in the UK. Our researchers interviewed more than 25 people across the country, each of whom had recently organised a funeral. We spoke to many leading thinkers on - and practitioners of - modern funerals, and were generously permitted to attend some funerals at a South London Crematorium.
Despite waning church attendance, it became clear that funerals still mean a lot to people.