Creating time for LGBT+ disabled youth : co-production outside chrononormativity

Humphrey, Harvey and Coleman-Fountain, Edmund (2023) Creating time for LGBT+ disabled youth : co-production outside chrononormativity. Sociological Research Online, 29 (1). pp. 233-242. ISSN 1360-7804 (

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This article explores how 'chrononormative' constructions of time shape research, and offers an approach to co-production and research involvement that draws on insights from trans, queer and disability studies. The article presents early reflections on an NIHR School for Social Care funded research study, approved prior to but developed under the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, investigating personal support, sexuality, and gender in young disabled adults' lives. This project has been supported by a Project Advisory Group (PAG) of LGBT+ young disabled adults and we reflect on how engagement with the PAG have shaped our understanding of debates around time and involvement in co-production discourse. Our engagement with trans, queer and disability theory allows us to think about the constraints on time that such involvement has pushed against as we have sought to account for the diverse needs of the body-minds of the PAG in pandemic times. We suggest that this may speak to opening up the diversity and accessibility of co-production across other research contexts and intend this piece to encourage these conversations. The article thus offers a critical exploration of themes of time, embodiment and identity in the way in which co-production is enacted in funded research.