REGISTRATION CLOSED: Online ISSR Summer Methodology Workshops | Photovoice: Visual Elicitation Meets Participatory Action Research | Krista Harper and Brittni Howard

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Monday, May 16, 2022 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Thursday, May 19, 2022 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Friday, May 20, 2022 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
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Registration for this workshop is closed. 

Description: In this 5-day (15 hour) workshop, we begin with an orientation to Photovoice, a participatory visual research methodology that has skyrocketed in popularity in fields ranging from anthropology to environmental studies, from education to health care. Photovoice is a participatory action research method in which a group of community members uses cameras to take photos on a theme and select photos to share as prompts for group discussions (Wang, Burris & Ping, 1996). Photovoice research is aimed not only at raising awareness in a community but also at communicating with policymakers and representatives of institutions that are often inaccessible to members of marginalized groups. Throughout the Photovoice research process, participants discuss their ethical relationship with their photographic subjects, as well as changes the photographers and subjects would like to see in their lives, and strategies for collective action to address problems depicted in the photos.

We will present the theoretical foundations of Photovoice research, discuss ethical implications and IRB considerations, and guide workshop participants in designing and carrying out a short-term Photovoice research project. We will discuss and demonstrate how this methodology can be adapted to remote research during the COVID19 pandemic and other settings where in-person focus-group discussions are not possible.

In this workshop, you will serve as a “participant-researcher" who takes part in designing and carrying out a short-term Photovoice project. Hands-on activities will include designing photographic prompts, generating and organizing photos, facilitating a Photovoice focus group, analyzing a sample dataset, and discussing a hypothetical Photovoice exhibition of our project images. Along the way, we share examples demonstrating how scholars have used Photovoice to pursue their research in settings around the world. On the last day, we will help you apply the Photovoice research design process presented in the workshop to your  own individual research project. We will discuss how to develop a research plan that anticipates how community-based teams, research ethics and IRB protocols, participant generated photography, facilitation, and data analysis will happen in your specific project. Participants will emerge from the intensive workshop with a preliminary Photovoice research plan. 

Instructors: Krista Harper and Brittni Howard

Krista Harper is Associate Director of the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) and Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst and a Distinguished Teaching Faculty in the National Science Foundation’s summer Cultural Anthropology Methods Program (CAMP). Her research focuses on social movements and mobilizations related to the renewable energy transition, environment, food systems, and urban public space. She has used Photovoice in her community-based participatory research on these themes, with projects in Hungary, Portugal, and the United States, as well as in her research on higher education libraries in the "Library Transformations" project. Harper has received multiple sponsored research awards from the National Science Foundation and Fulbright. She is author of Wild Capitalism: Environmental Activists and Post-socialist Political Ecology in Hungary (Columbia University Press 2006), co-author of Participatory Visual and Digital Methods (with Aline Gubrium, Left Coast Press 2013), and co-editor of Participatory Visual and Digital Research in Action (with with Aline Gubrium and Marty Otañez, Left Coast Press 2015). Krista Harper and Brittni Howard are currently writing Essentials of Photovoice, to be published by Routledge in 2022. 

Brittni Howard is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at the UMass Amherst. Howard is co-authoring Essentials of Photovoice with Krista Harper, to be published by Routledge in 2022. Howard’s research focuses on the anthropology of childhood underscoring themes of health and wellbeing, resistance, and the social reproduction of labor. Howard is completing her dissertation using community-based participatory action research (CBPR) techniques. Howard used Photovoice in her CBPR project with youth in Ghana supported by a Fulbright U.S. Student Fellowship to examine how the social networks and relationships of children and youth influence the decisions they make in working, playing, and learning. Howard received her Master’s degree in Applied Anthropology from Northern Arizona University (2015). She received a number of graduate research project funds, including participating in the National Science Foundation-sponsored field school, "Culture and Heritage in European Societies and Spaces" (NSF IIA-1261172); Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research (UMass);  National Institutes of Health: Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program (NAU); and Panayiotis Farantakis Memorial Award for Humanitarian Service Internships (NAU). 

Questions? For more information about this or any of the ISSR Summer Methodology Workshops, please contact ISSR Director of Research Methods Programs Jessica Pearlman (



Important: If you are registering for more than one workshop, please submit a separate registration form for each workshop, and select the appropriate fee for the length of your workshop and your academic and institutional status. We apologize for the inconvenience, but if the incorrect fee is selected your registration will be have to be resubmitted. Your original registration will be canceled and your fee returned to you.

Five College Students and Faculty

  • Five College Undergraduate and Graduate Students:  $190/person
  • Five College Faculty and Staff:  $315/person

Non-Five College Students and Faculty

  • Non-Five College Undergraduate and Graduate Students:  $345/person
  • Non-Five College Faculty, Staff and Other Professional:  $500/person

Registration note: The Five Colleges include: UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College. Registration closes for each workshop 2 full business days prior to the start date. If paying with departmental funds or personal checks, contact Sue Falcetti (

Cancellation note: In cases where enrollment is 5 or less, we reserve the right to cancel the workshop.  In cases where the registrant cancels prior to the workshop, a full refund will be given with two weeks notice, and 50% refund will be given with one week notice.  We will not be able to refund in cases where registrant does not notify us of cancellation at least one week prior to the beginning date of the workshop.