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)
  • 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.

Participation includes ‘attendance’ (being there) and ‘involvement’ (being in the moment) (Imms et al 2015)

Research Group Leader

  • Dr Karen Beaulieu, Programme Lead MSc Advanced Professional Practice 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,  Marjon Campus, University of Plymouth
  • Host for IHC Plymouth Public Health Forum
  • Host for Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science Seminar Series (2019 - 2020 programme to follow)
  • ROTTERS Curry Club monthly eating, Cornwall, Plymouth Exeter *
  • Involvement in Masters/Advanced Professional Practice**/CPD modules ***
*    Curry Clubs:;;
**   APP:Dr Karen Beaulieu  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
  • Religious practice.


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 2019 - 2020 programme to follow

30 minute presentations over a lunch hour on issues of interest in occupational therapy and occupational science followed by 30 minute discussion . All welcome - bring your lunch. See links below to previous presentations. Features international, national and local presenters.

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Research Group Members

  • Associate Head of School - International
    PIELGroup 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 in Occupational Therapy (Education)
    Clinical Leadership Employability
  • Lecturer in Postgraduate Education
    Global Health Sustainability Education
  • Professor of Leadership Nursing
    Knowledge Translation Clinical Decision-Making Workforce Issues Organ Donatio
  • Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
    Occupational Science Older Adults Healthy Aging Care Homes
  • 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
  • Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy
    Dementia-Friendly Flying
  • Associate Head of School - Teaching and Learning
    Chiropractice Attitudes to Evidence-Based Practice Qualitative Research