Participation in Everyday Life Research Group

The Participation in Everyday Life Research Group focusses on studies about people, their everyday occupations and the environment

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Participation: What is it? 


  • is ‘involvement in a life situation’ (WHO 2001)
  • includes ‘attendance’ (being there); ‘involvement’ (being in the moment) (Imms 2017)
  • occurs when an individual and/or a community is involved in activities, which provide a sense of engagement, within the context of their everyday life
  • is a process as well as an outcome measure (Imms 2017)
  • is a health and well-being outcome
  • is concerned with people, their occupations within their cultural, economic, physical, political and social environment.

Research Group Co-Leaders

  • Dr Katrina Bannigan, (former) Associate Professor (Reader) in Occupational Therapy, University of Plymouth, Senior FHEA; Research Occupational Therapist, Visiting Professor Riga Stradins University, Latvia and Accredited Trainer Joanna Briggs Institute, Deputy Director JBI Centre of Excellence University of Plymouth
  • Dr Karen Beaulieu, Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, University of Plymouth. Extensive professional background specialising in Neuroscience and Leadership Learning and Teaching National Award Higher Education Academy

Professional Backgrounds of Research Group Membership 

  • Occupational therapists
  • Dietitians
  • Nurses
  • Chiropractors
  • Physiotherapists
  • Open to All.

Research Group Activities

  • PIEL bi-monthly meeting; Peninsula Allied Health Centre, UCP Marjon Campus, University of Plymouth
  • Host for IHC Plymouth Public Health Forum
  • Host for Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science Seminar Series (2018 programme below)
  • ROTTERS Curry Club monthly eating, Cornwall, Plymouth Exeter *
  • Involvement in Masters/Advanced Professional Practice**/CPD modules ***
* Curry Clubs:;;
**APP:Dr Alison Warren Advanced Professional Practice Occupational Therapy
*** CPD: Mr Keith Walker Professional Development

Collaboration with Partners 

  • Health & Social Care providers
  • Charitable organisations
  • Industry 

International Links
  • Professor Jacqueline Ackhurst, Rhodes University, South Africa (Honorary Professor)
  • Dr Clare Hocking, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand (Honorary Professor)
  • Dr Karen Jacobs, Boston University, United States of America (Honorary Professor)
  • Dr Rachel Teplicky, Can-Child Participation Team, McMaster University Canada (Webinar)
  • Occupational Science Europe, Miranda Cunningham (Committee Member)
  • Count-Me-In International Scientific Meeting 2016 host

Research Interests include:

  • Food as a lifestyle motivator
  • Homelessness
  • Dementia-friendly flying
  • Life transitions for elderly in care-homes
  • Lived experience of occupation
  • Children's participation in mainstream school
  • Return to work following brain injury
  • Outdoor activities for health and well-being
  • Occupational Science.

Research Group Expertise 

  • Methodology
  • Research Methods Teaching
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Auto/Biography
  • Public Engagement in Research
  • Qualitative Methodology
  • Occupational Science.

Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science Seminar Series 2018-2019

Lunch time presentations from internal and external speakers on occupational therapy and occupational science followed by discussion on the presentation. See 2018 - 2019 programme below with links to previous presentations.

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Research Group Members

  • Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
    PIELGroup Co-Leader Return to Work following Brain Injury Neuroscience
  • Associate Professor (Education)
    Inter-Professional PG Education Neuroscience Rehabilitation
  • Lecturer in Occupational Therapy (Education)
    Homelessness Social Transformation Public Health Food-Based Occupations
  • Lecturer Occupational Therapy (Education)
    Religious Practice
  • Lecturer in Occupational Therapy (Education)
    Clinical Leadership Employability
  • Lecturer in Postgraduate Education
    Global Health Sustainability Education
  • Executive Dean
    Knowledge Translation Clinical Decision-Making Workforce Issues Organ Donatio
  • Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
    Occupational Science Older Adults Healthy Aging Care Homes
  • Lecturer in Occupational Therapy (Education)
    Children’s Participation and Mainstream Schools Handwriting Visual Perception
  • Lecturer in Public Health Dietetics
    Food as a Lifestyle Motivator Creative Approaches to Food Research
  • Lecturer in Occupational Therapy (Education)
    Occupational Science Health Promotion Outdoor Adventure
  • Lecturer in Occupational Therapy (Education)
    Neurological Rehabilitation
  • Lecturer in Occupational Therapy (Balanced)
    The Dark Side of Occupation
  • Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
    Dementia-Friendly Flying
  • Lecturer / Academic CPD Co-ordinator
    Chiropractice Attitudes to Evidence-Based Practice Qualitative Research
  • Associate Head-Internationalisation and Associate Prof (SL) Occupational Therapy
    Pedagogy Problem-Based Learning Internationalisation Teaching & Learning