The Act of Knowledge Production

Prize-winning presentation by Danielle Gallagher


Danielle Gallagher presented her paper 'The Act of Knowledge Production: Ethical and Experiential Research with Trafficked Persons' to the attendees of the Human Rights Centre's Post Grad Symposium on Emerging Issues in Human Trafficking Research (QUB, QMUL, University of Salford).

This interdisciplinary gathering of early career researchers from across the legal and social sciences fields was held online on the 15th and 16th September 2020. Danielle's paper examined current knowledge of survivors' experiences of the criminal justice system, before discussing the issue of how academics can ethically develop knowledge production when working with vulnerable and marginalised research populations.

She argued that this requires rethinking traditional research models in favour of a more collaborative, creative methodology, which empowers research participants to regain and retain their agency.

She was awarded 2nd prize for Best Presentation at the symposium by QUB-HRC Directors Cheryl Lawther and Conor McCormick.


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