Participation in Everyday Life

The Participation in Everyday Life Research Group focus: 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 wellbeing outcome
  • is concerned with people, their occupations and their cultural, economic, physical, political and social environment.

Research Group Co-Leaders

  • Dr Katrina Bannigan 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 & Leadership Learning and Teaching National Award Higher Education Academy

Professional backgrounds of research group membership 

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Dietitians
  • Nurses
  • Chiropractors
  • Physiotherapists

Research group activities

  • PIEL Bi-monthly meeting; Peninsula Allied Health Centre, UCP Marjon Campus, University of Plymouth
  • IHC Plymouth Public Health Forum
  • Host: Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science Seminar Series host (See 2018 programme below)
  • Collaboration with partners including Livewell and The Salvation Army
  • Involvement in Masters/Advanced Professional Practice*/CPD modules **
  • ROTTERS Curry Club, Cornwall, Plymouth and Exeter (monthly)***

* Contact for APP: Dr Alison Warren Advanced Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy

**Contact for CPD: Mr Keith Walker Professional Development

***Contact for ROTTERS:

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
  • GLOW Graduating Living Skills Outside of the Ward
  • Return to work following Brain Injury
  • Outdoor Activities for Health and Well-being

Research group expertise includes:

  • Methodological expertise
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Research Methods Teaching
  • Auto/Biography
  • Public Engagement in Research
  • Qualitative Methodology

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Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science Seminar Series 2017/2018

This seminar series consists of presentations from internal and external speakers on occupational therapy and occupational science followed by discussion on the presentation. The 17/18 seminar list and previous seminar presentations can be found below.

Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science Seminar Series 2017/2018

Wednesday 25 April 2018



Testing complex interventions in health and social care. What is the point?

Dr Joanne Inman


Thursday 7 June 2018


Lecture Theatre 1: PAHC Building

Occupational Justice and Fine Motors skills of primary school Children

Dr Susan Mitchell

Research group members

  • Associate Professor (Reader) in Occupational Therapy
    Research Group Co Leader. Public Health (Thrive Plymouth) IHC Plymouth Case Stud
  • Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
    Research Group 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
  • 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
  • Deputy Head of School (Teaching and Learning) and Associate Head of School
    Pedagogy Problem-Based Learning Internationalisation Teaching & Learning