Non-Extractive Research Practices in Policy Development

Online via Zoom

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Date: Thursday 21st September 2023

Time: 1pm – 2.30pm BST

Tickets: Register via Eventbrite.

Price: £7

Extractive research practices make it harder for researchers to get traction from the communities they want to reach. Non-extractive research is an approach that empowers collaborating participants to utilise research methods and findings in ways that are meaningful to them. In contrast, extractive research tends to extract knowledge from communities, benefiting external parties while potentially leaving the communities unchanged or in a worse state than before.

Non-extractive research is a vital methodological and ethical consideration. Especially when recruiting research participants from subgroups within a community to address questions concerning the entire community. This is particularly crucial when working with under-resourced communities or people with multiple intersecting identities.

Inclusive Mosque Initiative, PRISM and Circular3 invite you to a workshop on non- extractive research methods particularly when working with minoritised communities in the UK. The workshop is taking place on Monday 3rd July 2023 and repeated on Thursday 21st September 2023.

We will explore:

  • What non-extractive research practices can look like and why they have been developed.
  • The consequences of extractive research.
  • Questions you can ask for a more robust analysis of proposed legislation.
  • Ways of devising non-extractive research methods in your own work context that is nourishing for the communities and individuals you are seeking data from.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop will be most useful to policy researchers working on or planning to conduct research with so-called “hard-to-reach” communities. It is especially designed to support researchers whose work informs applied social research including policy development in the UK. This workshop will be useful if you supervise, design, carry out research or you work in research ethics.

This workshop will be useful to researchers who belong to minoritised communities who they may or may not engage in their research work. It has been designed for researchers who want to explore new ways to deliver more ethical and socially responsible research, and confront discrimination and re-traumatisation that manifests itself within research methods.

Our intention is that this workshop forms part of your ongoing learning on challenging complex exclusionary and extractive approaches in research work including: racism, homophobia, transphobia and other systems of oppression that impact minoritised communities of faith.

Aftercare for attendees

We would like the workshop to be an open forum for discussion and a catalyst for change, by:

  • Convening mixed groups with people with different levels of understanding and experiences of racism, sexism, power, and privilege;
  • Allowing participants to ask questions and explore issues they do not fully understand yet.

Please be advised that during the workshop, there is a possibility of encountering triggering statements from other participants. The workshop facilitator is highly skilled and prepared to handle such situations should they arise. They will also ensure to provide sufficient advance notice regarding any potentially triggering material under their control.

Members of the organisers from Inclusive Mosque and Circular3 and PRISM will be available for a debrief with attendees after the workshop, if you have been affected in any way. If you have questions or want to talk to one of us before attending, email and/or


The event will have live auto-captions. Unfortunately we have not been able to arrange BSL interpretation for this online event. If you would like us to cover the cost of your BSL interpreter so that they may attend with you, email


Workshop facilitator: Haneen Hammou is invested in the power of oral history, seeking out lived experience led organisations and abolitionist work to ultimately end detention migration in the UK. She is a freelance researcher, she was Social Justice Researcher at 10 Years Time, an educational philanthropy advising organisation addressing the power dynamics in funding, and she also co-facilitated the Grant Givers training Programme at Ten Years time. Before that she was Secondary Researcher for youth arts and activism organization Voices that Shake! supporting work on their 10 year anniversary report ‘#ShakeTheSystem A Decade of Shaping Change’. She has supported projects that focus on the historical harms of funding on social justice organising and research practice that aims to create a safer, more enriched environment. She was a Clinic Support worker at Doctors of the World Bethnal Green clinic, supporting people in navigating the hostile environment that obstructs everyone’s legal right to primary care.

Inclusive Mosque Initiative is an intersectional feminist mosque community dedicated to creating inclusive, safer places for marginalised Muslims and their families.

Circular3 is a management consultancy that aims to develop innovative solutions to improve representation of underrepresented communities in policy development and service design.

PRISM works to advance the rights, representation and overall well-being of LGBTQIA+ people from minoritised communities through evidence-based policy analysis, research initiatives, and advocacy campaigns.