Participatory insights for the social, economic and environmental change we need.
Praxis works across academia, civil society, business and government providing research insight to support systemic change.
Change is difficult – systemic shifts even harder. Change can be unnerving and entrench and polarise views if it is not driven by inclusive practice. Praxis believes that participation, communication and public-spirited action is critical to respond to the challenges that society faces.
WORK WITH US
Our research approach is collaborative and participatory. We co-design our methodologies and work in collaboration with grassroots and community based organisations. Our aim is for knowledge to serve community needs.
INSIGHTS AND SOLUTIONS
The pressing challenges of our day are complex, and require system-informed solutions. How do we address climate change, housing, rural-urban relationships, inequality, and care for an ageing population?
We have a track record of working with trainee student-researchers and providing real-world research experience, with a collaborative approach and high levels of responsibility shared from the outset.
Who we are
Jack and Emilia have been working together since 2014. We share a commitment to civic participation and research as a collaborative process, across the research team and with communities.
Dr Jack Nicholls
Jack is passionate about democratic deliberation, public participation in decision-making, and employing social science research methods for civic action. He is a research associate at the University of Bristol
Dr Emilia Melville
Emilia has a background in community energy, and facilitating stakeholder workshops exploring how we can shift to zero carbon energy systems. She is the coordinator of the Bristol Energy Network.
RESEARCH TEAM EXPERIENCES
FEEDBACK FROM STUDENT RESEARCHERS
“Also thought how Jack, Emilia and Hen made us feel very included & like co-researchers made us feel very respected and seen. Especially the fact they emphasized our names would be on the report, we all felt really appreciated. Respected them a lot for their inclusive leadership in the project.”
“I genuinely really enjoyed this research project – I felt like I was doing challenging, rewarding work that I was interested in. I was really inspired by the motivation of the other student researchers and thought they did an excellent job, especially in thinking critically and learning new technical skills to allow for better analysis. I liked being able to use more informal communication via Whatsapp. Thank you for the opportunity!”
“I think we adapted really well to online working and checking in with one another– it kept me sane throughout some weird times!”
BRISTOL CLIMATE DISCOURSE
Exploring Bristol residents’ views on climate change. On-street interviews in March 2020 followed by an online survey in June 2020. Find out more here.
City Leap democracy
Investigating the potential for citizen accountability to Bristol City Council’s City Leap energy project. Understanding how this would fit into existing democratic structures in the city. Read our report here.