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When two worlds collide: critical reflection on co-production

Amanda Clayson (VoiceBox Inc., Manchester, UK)
Lucy Webb (Department of Health, Psychology and Social Care, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)
Nigel Cox (Department of Health, Psychology and Social Care, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)

Drugs and Alcohol Today

ISSN: 1745-9265

Article publication date: 5 March 2018




The purpose of this paper is to report the findings from reflexive data collection on the evolving co-production research relationship between the two “worlds” of community and academia: people with lived experience and their community intermediaries and academic researchers. It reports analysis of reflections on experience as the different partners explore and evaluate their own experiences of co-productive research within the context of substance use recovery co-production research.


The research uses reflexive data from perspectives of an intermediary community partner, academic partners, and community researchers on experiences of a series of co-productive research projects. The aim is to identify thematic features of the co-productive experiences from different positions and through the process of adaptation to a co-productive relationship.


This paper outlines what has been learnt from the experience of co-production and what has “worked” for community and academic partners; around the nature of co-production, barriers to performance, and its value to participants and the wider recovery research agenda.


This paper reports a unique perspective on a developing methodology in health and social care, contributing to a growing body of knowledge pertaining to experiences of co-production research.



Clayson, A., Webb, L. and Cox, N. (2018), "When two worlds collide: critical reflection on co-production", Drugs and Alcohol Today, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 51-60.



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