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    Socio-materiality of trust: co-design with a resource limited community organisation

    Clarke, Rachel Elizabeth, Briggs, Jo ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4041-1918, Armstrong, Andrea, MacDonald, Alistair, Vines, John, Flynn, Emma and Salt, Karen (2021) Socio-materiality of trust: co-design with a resource limited community organisation. Co-Design, 17 (3). pp. 258-277. ISSN 1571-0882

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    Trust is an essential if often implicit aspect of co-design particularly when working in community-based, political and sensitive settings. Current co-design literature, however, remains fairly limited focusing on interactions between people as primary agents of trust. Drawing on research conducted with a poverty alleviation charity based in the UK, we illustrate how trust and distrust can also be mediated through material resources used in the co-design process. The paper highlights the significance of materials in negotiating the interdependencies of trust, in how distrust can be leveraged and trust can be supported through sensitive socio-material exchange conducted with resource limited community organisations.

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