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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
I am currently a Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada, Post Doctoral Research Fellow. I am being hosted by McGill University where I am researching and writing on participatory visual methodologies and the production of knowledge.

For the past seven years I have been involved in exploring methodological issues in research with participants from deprived urban communities, where residents are constructed as the ‘Other’ and ‘deviant’ and where poverty and social exclusion is high.

I was awarded my ESRC funded PhD from the Department of Peace Studies, at The University of Bradford, in February 2008. My doctoral research examined legislation and policy on anti-social behaviour from the perspective of adolescent male youth from inner-city Bradford. Through exploring the social as constructed by adolescent young men, I critiqued new labour legislation, arguing that by developing a mono-dimensional interpretation of the social, the government constructs those who fail to subscribe to societal codes as ‘anti-social’. This framing fails to take into account the lived realities of young men developing their masculinities in the context of de-industrialised inner-cities. If the government is to effectively engage with young men, I argued that it needs to develop ways to understand young men’s sense of the social. In order to support the potential of young men the government needs to shift from a discourse of control and subjugation, which assumes individual free agency but ignores the context and structures into which people are born. By failing to acknowledge this, I posit that the government risks turning them into societies’ ‘Other’, benefiting neither young men nor wider society.

As my research progressed I found that the more traditional research methods limited my ability as a researcher to engage with young men and capture their experiences of growing up and how they construct their concept of the social. Furthermore, the methods allowed few opportunities for young people to participate in, or influence, the research process itself. This was significant, particularly as my research sought to involve young men who felt marginalized within their own communities and were being ‘legislated into’ criminality. The young men I worked with wanted me to produce social research with, rather than on, them. This led to a significant shift in my research and led me to explore the potential of innovative methods in researching adolescent young men and their communities.

Since the completion of my PhD my research has been based around developing the use of innovative qualitative approaches in research, critiquing the more traditional qualitative approaches to producing knowledge, and seeking to develop collaborative methods that serve to decolonize the research process. My research seeks to further the development of less extractive and more negotiated processes of knowledge production working not only in my interests, and that of the academy, but also for the interests of, and for, the participants and their communities.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
UK and the Middle East
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Government of Canada Post Doctoral Research Fellow, McGill University
What is your personal or organizational website?
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Development, Education, Gender, Youth
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Research, Qualitative Skills, Training
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
Participatory Theory and Practice
Participatory and Visual Methodologies (Participatory Video, Photovoice, Photo elicitation and other creative visual methods)
Researching vulnerable and hard to reach groups
Research Ethics
Gender particularly Masculinities and Young Men
Inner cities, housing estates

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At 3:31pm on April 8, 2011, Muhammad Tahir Tabassum said…

Dear EJ Milne,

Happy to meet you in worldwide Peace network here. This credit goes to

Dr. Craig who gave us great opportunity to share and achieve expertise

and find good friend around the world. Please in touch with us in future.

We are working on similar causes and can be good partners on common

issues. Please visit our website www.inspad.org


At 4:20pm on July 8, 2010, Sohail Mahmood said…
hello EJ
how are u doing?
nice connecting here
all the best
At 2:11pm on June 23, 2010, Waheed Ahmad said…
Dear Colleague,

I have the honor of informing you that the undersigned is nominated as Coordinator of Juveniles and Foreign Prisoners Wing of Human Rights Committee Punjab Bar Council.

I shall be thankful if you could kindly Share/Exchange your ideas and any experiences you have had in Juveniles and Foreign Prisoners Rights.We would appreciate any referrals you are aware of as well as those you have recorded. Thank you for your kind attention.

Assuring our full co-operation.

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At 8:03pm on April 29, 2009, Global Foundation said…
Hellow EJ Milne

Your profile is too sound and glad to study it.
You are doing a great job.I wuld like to keep in touch with you in future to share some ideas over education.It will be my pleasure if you add me as your friend.

Striving for Better Globe

Waris Ali
At 10:58am on May 15, 2008, Muhamamd Moosa Rind said…
Dear Milne,
How r u? I am writer and social activist. However, I would like to learn more from any where in wrold like writting and social managment skills becuase i am SINDHI and writting also in SINDHI becuase this is my mother tounge.
my vision to promote secular and sfui asim in world to become world soil rest full to all nations and person asap.
What is your life vision?

Muhammad Moosa Rind

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