Paying people for lived experience – Canadian research

‘The Political Economy of Peer Research: Mapping the Possibilities and Precarities of Paying People for Lived Experience’ – MaKinnon, Guta, Voronka and others

Article in British Journal of Social Work reporting on research into ‘socio-material’ work conditions of peer researchers in Canada. The authors found that “ whilst some peers were satisfied with their treatment on research teams and payment received, others discussed challenges associated with precarious short-term casual work and managing formal income alongside state social assistance such as disability support.” They “conclude that in some cases, the peer role is characterised by precarious working conditions which compound rather than challenge injustice within the research enterprise…”

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