The Peer Researcher role in MIMY
In MIMY, this means that young people with migration experiences are important collaborators within the research team. Taking a Peer Research approach means that young migrants are actively involved in creating, shaping and delivering the research, including analysis and dissemination. This includes learning the practical skills to undertake community-based research with other young migrants facing vulnerable conditions, and to engage with a wider set of local actors who have knowledge on the conditions of vulnerability young migrants may face, such as earlier waves of migrants. Peer Researchers join stakeholders in workshops to discuss findings and inform policy and practice. This influencing work is amplified by young migrant Peer Researchers working alongside peer migrant and non-migrant youth, to develop arts-based projects on issues around integration, which are shared with key stakeholders in an effort to catalyse action and positive change. Through this Peer Research approach, young migrants themselves have their voices heard on integration debates. There is flexibility in how partners apply the peer research approach - however it is underpinned by key principles, of non-exploitation, handing over of power to, and a culture of learning from, young people.
What is Peer Research?
Peer Research is grounded in a commitment to social inclusion within research. It is an approach to knowledge production that acknowledges the insights, skills and expertise that people affected by the issues being researched can bring to the process. Peer Research can support an empowering approach to inclusive research. It does this by facilitating the participation of those who are often silenced in knowledge creation and to influence the processes that affect their lives. Peer Research also supports those involved to develop new skills and experiences. It can also provide an opportunity to form new friendships, to expand support networks, and to build knowledge that may enable change in their lives. The experience of learning with peers, and reflecting on complex social issues can also support Peer Researchers to re-frame their own experiences in a positive and empowering way.