What is it about?

The article uses a reflection on a UK health study to reflect on the potential for forms of visual communication to support inter- disciplinary enquiry. The author was a member of this team and, as a visual ethnographer, used visual methods across a number of research-related activities. It connects these reflections to literature on the epistemology of the image and Weick's (1995) concept of Sensemaking.

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Why is it important?

It gives an important practical and theoretical insight into the use of visual methods in the development of inter-disciplinary health research. It is a rare example of a 'behind the scenes' reflective review of innovative practices and sets out a number of key principles and recomendations for other such studies. It should be of interest to a wide range of researchers and those who participate in the research development process, and addresses important issues such as connecting / translating different disciplinary perspectives and contributions.


This was a challenging but rewarding article to write!

Dr Ian Robson
Northumbria University

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This page is a summary of: Learning through mess: Sensemaking visual communication practices in a UK multidisciplinary applied health study, Visual Communication, July 2022, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/14703572221092410.
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