WRDTC Fifth Annual Conference 2016 – ‘Data and Methods: Innovations and Connections’

The fifth WRDTC annual conference took place on Wednesday 15 June 2016 at the University of Leeds. Almost 200 PhD researchers from Leeds, York and Sheffield attended on the day. The topic of the conference was ‘Data And Methods: Innovations And Connections’.

Professor Mark BirkinThe keynote speaker, Mark Birkin (University of Leeds, Director of Consumer Data Research Centre) talked about New Forms of Data for Social Research: Big Opportunity or Big Distraction?

The keynote was followed by a panel of six WRDTC PhD researchers from different disciplines, who discussed their methodologies and use of data:

Ashwin Mehta (Education Pathway, University of Leeds) – The role of values in technology acceptance: statistical modelling of survey data supported by thematic analysis of interview data

Beth Kamunge (Human Geography Pathway, University of Sheffield) – Black-Feminist Methodologies in food justice research

Geneffa Ahmed Virjee (Education Pathway, University of York) – The trials and tribulations of video recorded data

Jessica Elmore (Science and Technology Studies Pathway, University of Sheffield) – Exploring ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) learners’ in-formation practices: A discussion of methods

IMG_00408_smallerLazaro Mwandigha (Health and Wellbeing Pathway, University of York) – Evaluating and Extending Methods for Estimating Construct-level Predictive Validity

Telviani Savitri (Management and Business Pathway, University of York) – Do you dare to move? Looking at the impact of relocation policy on the employees’ motivation in an Indonesian government organisation: a case study of the Indonesian Audit Board

Before lunch, Dylan Yamada-Rice and Simone Croft presented respectively on Innovations and Connections in Visual Research, and Using a Large Birth Cohort Dataset.

Over lunch, delegates were able to network, view the poster exhibition, and post their requests on the Swap Shop/Research Exchange Board, before breaking into groups for their afternoon Pathway sessions. The day concluded with tea, coffee and scones, and the winners of the poster competition were announced.

IMG_00916_smallerThe poster competition was won by Audrey Dugué-Nevers (Politics and International Relations Pathway), with a poster titled China & Soft Power: the Silk Road of Ideas. Audrey was awarded a £50 book voucher.

The second prize (£25 book voucher) was won by Vedran Lesic (Management and Business, Accounting and Finance and Work Psychology Pathway). The title of Vedran’s poster was Do Consumers Know their Electricity Use?. 

You can read more and view videos and photos from the day on the conference page on the WRDTC website.