Peer Research

What is Peer Research? 

The ONSIDE Peer Action Research project is steered and conducted by people who have lived experience of disability and is coordinated by Dr Emma O’Neill.

Peer research is a type of research method in which people with lived experience of the issues being studied take part in directing and conducting the research.

Peer researchers bring the expertise of their own lived experiences. Their knowledge and inside understanding of the issues being studied enhances the quality of the research findings to ensure research outcomes are relevant and effective.

 What are we researching? 

 We are carrying out research in two areas:

  • Information mapping for the ONSIDE online disability community platform and Access Directory.
  • Exploring how people have resolved disabling barriers and challenges in their lives (watch Emma’s explanation video on the left).


How to become a Peer Researcher?

We are currently recruiting individuals who have lived experience of disability for the volunteer role of Peer Action Researcher. This is a flexible role depending how much time researchers wish to commit. 

What does the role involve?

We hope Peer Researchers will embrace one or all of the following areas of research: 

Information mapping for the ONSIDE online disability community platform and Access Directory;

Carrying out / assisting with 1-2-1 interviews and focus groups;

Planning and designing of the ongoing research process; and

Consulting on research findings and publications.

How much of my time would I need to commit?

This role is entirely flexible depending on your availability. You can work individually or as part of a group.

What training and support will I receive?

Researchers will be provided with individually tailored training in the following areas:

  • Purpose and scope of research;
  • Data collection including mapping, survey and interview techniques;
  • Safeguarding others;
  • Data protection and confidentiality;
  • Self-care; and
  • Additionally, on-going training and support will be provided by the Research Co-ordinator.


Get in touch  

If you are interested in becoming a Peer Researcher or would like more information, please contact Peer Action Research Coordinator Dr. Emma O’Neill 07786 460071 (phone, text or WhatsApp) or email:

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