Good quality interpersonal relationships make for good collaborative research.
Scientific research relations between researchers/participants have not tended to promote the interpersonal skills and practices as central to success. Yet positive interpersonal relations widen and enrich research processes and outcomes.
Interpersonal relations are crucial to 1.03 Building community and Promoting wellbeing. They are a key part of wider Transition and activist values, as well being increasingly recognised in high quality collaborative research. The emotional and interpersonal dimensions of research are not simply nice outcomes; they are fundamental to how things work, to dialogue and communication, and to benefits being maximised and shared.
Key dimensions of interpresonal relations identified in our Transition research include respect, courtesy, boundaries, trust and humour.
Spend time and prioritise good interpersonal relationships - they always lead to richer and more productive work.