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CANCELLED Working Beyond Disciplines – MA Social Research – All Pathways Training

Date - Wednesday, 28th February 2018 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm)


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Date and time: Wednesday 28 February, 10.00am – 3.45pm

Venue: INOX Dine, Level 5, Student’s Union Building, University of Sheffield, Durham Road, Sheffield S10 2TG

MA Social Research ESRC funded students are required to attend the Working Beyond Disciplines training day as part of their training framework.

This introduces students to the ‘grand challenges’ within the thematic fields of their Interdisciplinary Training Pathway, and highlights the importance of interdisciplinary approaches to research.  It prepares students for the cutting edge debates they will encounter at doctoral level.

The day shall consist of one morning session for all students, followed by two afternoon pathway specific sessions.

The morning session shall consist of a panel of three speakers pictured below, who shall speak to generic issues of undertaking interdisciplinary research (the value of interdisciplinarity, the challenges involved in such work, etc.) as well as the importance of interdisciplinary work in the changing funding environment. Students will then have the opportunity to ask questions to the panel.

barry-gibsonProf Barry Gibson joined the University of Sheffield in 2004 as a Lecturer in Medical Sociology. Since then he has been involved in setting up and running the Masters in Dental Public Health in the Department. He has also supervised numerous PhD students using a range of research approaches and methodologies from Luhmann´s social systems theory, child centered methods applied to oral health related research and is currently working on with social gerontologists from the Department of Sociological Studies on the significance of the mouth in older age. Previously Barry Gibson worked in King´s College London Dental School as a Lecturer in Sociology and Informatics as Applied to Dentistry and as a Post Doctoral Researcher in the Sociology of Health and Illness (1999-2004). His  PhD (1997) was a grounded theory of infection control in dentistry and his masters research focused on HIV in dentistry (1993). Both of these degrees were completed at the Queen´s University of Belfast.

Dr Jasper Montana is now a Research Associate working on evidence, expertise, and policy making in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield. He is an interdisciplinary scholar working on the role of institutions in environmental politics. He began his academic training as an undergraduate studying zoology, marine biology, and media production in Australia, before taking up a job as a researcher and assistant producer at the BBC Natural History Unit. Having witnessed the diverse cultural and political associations between humans and nature around the world, he was inspired to learn more about what the social sciences and humanities could offer environmental politics. He completed a Master’s degree in the history and sociology of science at Imperial College, London, which was followed by a PhD in human geography at the University of Cambridge. For this, he applied theory and methods from anthropology, organisational studies, political ecology and science and technology studies, to examine the establishment of an expert panel for biodiversity in the United Nations system. He is now a Research Associate working on evidence, expertise, and policy making in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield.

The afternoon sessions will continue these discussions specifically  in relation to the ‘grand challenges’ of their thematic pathways, encouraging students to think about the connection between their own research and these themes, as well as with the work of other students within the pathway.

Programme of the day

Time Session
10.00am – 10.15am Arrival and Registration (refreshments provided)
10.15am – 10.30am Welcome & Introductions
Professor Ruth Blakeley, Director of the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership, University of Sheffield
10.30am – 12.00pm Panel Session
Prof Barry Gibson (University of Sheffield), Dr Jasper Montana (University of Sheffield)
12.00pm – 1.00pm Lunch (this will be provided)
1.00pm – 2.15pm Pathway Specific Session 1  (See details below)
2.15pm – 2.30pm Break (refreshments not provided)
2.30pm – 3.45pm Pathway Specific Session 2 (See details below)

Pathways Specific Session 1

Data, Communication & New Technologies (DCT) – Data Journeys: working across disciplines to understand the socio-material life of data flows, Dr Jo Bates, Information School, University of Sheffield.

Education, Childhood & Youth (ECY) – Understanding disruptive behaviour at school from a psychological and psychodynamic perspective, Dr Poppy Nash, Department of Education, University of York.

Civil Society, Development & Democracy (CDD) – ‘Working across disciplines to understand global food justice: what makes for good quality interdisciplinary research?’ (Speaker: Justa Hopma).

Security, Conflict & Justice (SCJ) – The added value, challenges and promise of addressing grand challenges across disciplines (speakers to be confirmed). This session will explore research at the interface of disciplines, providing substantive illustrations of work in the security, conflict and justice field.

Cities, Environment & Liveability (CEL) – Identifying the grand challenges within research on Cities, Environment and Liveability. Reflecting on how the discipline(s) that we are individually engaged in (or have been engaged with in the past) conceptualise, research and critically explore these grand challenges.

Sustainable Growth, Management & Economic Productivity (SMP) – Big-data, organisational success/failure, and modelling the long(er) run: reflections from the intersection of complexity social science and history (Simon Mollan and Phil Garnett, University of York). This session will explore how two researchers from very different social science backgrounds developed a stream of interdisciplinary research to explore questions of mutual interest. In particular: why do some organisations succeed and others fail?

Wellbeing, Health & Communities (WHC) – “Working across disciplines to improve women’s access to maternity care: challenges and opportunities.” Prof Sarah Salway, Professor of Public Health, University of Sheffield.

Pathways Specific Session 2

Data, Communication & New Technologies (DCT) – Developing your research across DCT grand challenges, Dr Ana Vasconcelos, Information School, University of Sheffield.

Education, Childhood & Youth (ECY) – Identifying and responding to the grand challenges in Education, Childhood and Youth research, Dr Louise Tracey, Department of Education, University of York.

Civil Society, Development & Democracy (CDD) – Developing your research across CDD grand challenges, Dr Matt Sleat, Department of Politics, University of Sheffield.

Security, Conflict & Justice (SCJ) – Relating your own research to grand challenges in security, conflict and justice (speakers to be confirmed). How does your research engage with grand challenges – and what are the intellectual and professional benefits of doing so?

Cities, Environment & Liveability – Reflecting on the morning panel session and the earlier pathway session to think about how interdisciplinary approaches might help us to advance debates/work on the grand challenges within our pathway. It will also explore the personal and professional advantages in engaging with interdisciplinary approaches. (Both sessions led by the CEL Director and Deputy Directors).

Sustainable Growth, Management & Economic Productivity (SMP) – The grand challenges in your research: identifying the purpose, ambition, contribution and justification for your doctoral project. This session will help you to reflect on and refine where you see your work fitting with reference to the research agenda in the social sciences–particularly with reference to sustainability, management and economic productivity–and how interdisciplinarity may enrich, enhance and extend the depth and scope of your work.

Wellbeing, Health & Communities (WHC) – “Multi-disciplinary perspectives on health and wellbeing – conducting research across countries, sectors and disciplines.” Prof Marion M Hetherington, Professor of Biopsychology, University of Leeds.

Travel Information
Students are responsible for arranging travel to and from the Working Beyond Disciplines training day.  You will be reimbursed for reasonable travel expenses upon presentation of original receipts/tickets (no photocopies or credit card receipts will be accepted) and completion of the relevant expense claim form/process via your Department/School.