The entries grouped under ‘Engaging and distributing’ share an interest in how engagement and distribution can be understood as important parts of methodological processes. The theme of engaging prompts us to think how we are involved with our research material, requiring us to consider how different actors, including both ourselves and our research subjects, are implicated in the process of doing research. Indeed, it spurs us to think how such involvements can be managed to provide new methodological opportunities. Distributing is inevitably linked to engaging, as when we acknowledge a multifaceted engagement in our approach, it leads us to consider knowledge production as dispersed and disseminated. And similarly, new modes of distribution can become an opportunity for methodological innovation rather than being the mere dissemination of already produced knowledge.