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NWSSDTP Newsletter 
                                     14th FEBRUARY 2019
 
What does doing a PhD feel like?
 
 
Training Opportunities 


Social data science courses in collaboration with methods@manchester
 


The Cathie Marsh Institute is running a week of social data science courses in collaboration with methods@manchester. These courses have been designed as an introduction to some of the leading free and open-source software in this exciting new field. Please see attached link for details of the following training sessions:
  • Introduction to Python 24th February 2020
  • Introduction to SQL 25th February 2020
  • Introduction to QGIS 26th February 2020
  • Machine Learning with Python  27th February 2020
  • Social Media Data Analysis 28th February 20202
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Postqualitative Methodological Approaches in Research with Children and Young People Workshop

Date: 6th March 2020; 10.30 - 16.00
Venue: Pinsent Masons Room 1, Midlands Arts Centre, Canon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH

Postqualiative theorists challenge existing epistemological paradigms of scientific knowledge. In recognition of the material, the affectual and the nonhuman, they seek to move away from the privileging of discursive representation and the inherent humanism of conventional qualitative research. Instead, these approaches offer new ways to cope with issues of difference, becoming and more-than-human agencies; providing a radical challenge to what counts as method, data, analysis and dissemination. This workshop intends to explore these developments, particularly as they have been used in research with children and young people.
The day will be led by Professor Pauliina Rautio (Education, University of Oulu) and Dr Abigail Hackett (School of Childhood, Youth and Education, Manchester Metropolitan University). 

Key themes that will be addressed throughout the day include:
  • Practical tools and methods in post-qualitative research
  • Approaches to analysis
  • How to manage collaborations and work within/in sectors outside academia
For full details
To Book
   

Transnational Disruptions: decline, renewal or change?



Date: 19th March 2020; 9.00 00 - 6.30
Venue: 9.04, LSE Fawcett House, Clement's Inn, London

The objective of the LSE History Graduate Conference 2020 (in association with the UCL Centre for Transnational History) is to examine disruptions across transnational spaces concerning global matters such as conflict, migration, diplomatic world orders, impact of international organizations, knowledge-sharing, and more. Our panels aim to investigate historical moments of decline, change and renewal and analyse how political, economic and social disruptions inform the present.

For more information 
 

 

Understanding small areas: spatial analysis of population and neighbourhood data

Date: 1st-2nd April 2020
Venue: Queens University Belfast

This workshop equips participants with conceptual understanding and technical skills to obtain, analyse and visualise spatial data related to populations and neighbourhoods. Using freely available data related to the UK, practical sessions are interspersed with lecture and discussions to contextualise and consolidate learning as well as introductions to powerful statistical and spatial analysis software (SPSS and ArcGIS) and the programming language R.

For more information and to book

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Advanced participatory data gathering, using Ketso

Date : 15th May 2020
Venue: University of Manchester

Generating impact from research is more likely if participants and stakeholders are engaged in the process. In this workshop participants will explore how they can use participatory techniques in their own research through a series of practical exercises. The course will use a hands-on kit for stakeholder engagement, Ketso, to demonstrate participatory data gathering in action.

For more information and to book:



'Researching for Society: Knowledge and Practice"


 
Date: 19th May 2020
Venue: Alliance Manchester Business School

Members of the North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership are invited to present posters or talks at the University of Manchester School of Environment, Education and Development Postgraduate Research Conference 2020.

For further details

Intellectual Party




Date: 8th - 9th July 2020
Venue: Lancaster University

Lancaster University’s postgraduate social science community would like to invite other PhD students to
an Intellectual Party/Summer Conference. We are tweeting @LUsummerconf #IPLancs2020.
Supported by the NWSSDTP, Lancaster University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences & Lancaster University Management School this event is a brilliant opportunity to meet and collaborate with research students from around the world, to present your work in a friendly and encouraging environment, and to meet and engage with some of Lancaster’s renowned academic staff. The Intellectual Party is more than just another conference – it combines academic challenge with a lot of fun as well !

 For further details see here

Unpacking Capitalism: Structures, Endurance, Reproduction

Date: 30-31 July 2020 ( Abstracts due 29 February 2020)
Venue: St. Aiden's College, Durham University
 
The conference invites papers from a broad range of disciplines that combine theoretical analysis with
empirical research. We encourage submissions which reflect on histories of capitalism; the legal
structures which create, perpetuate and enforce capitalism; capitalism and imperialism; sociology of
work; the creation of precariousness; and other relevant themes. The perspectives we seek to bring
together are studies of capitalist political economy, historical inquiries into development and
transformations of capitalism, and explorations of social and economic relations in capitalist societies.

For further details see here
 
Students in Focus

Chloe Spence, Business and Management, University of Liverpool, 2018 Cohort

Telling people that you’re doing a PhD can provoke a wide variety of reactions, ranging from the flattering to the mildly offensive. While people are often impressed by the idea of (eventually, hopefully!) ‘becoming a doctor’, others are sceptical about just how much ‘real-world’ experience you can really get within the cushy, ivory-tower world of academia. Many of my friends – themselves having graduated years ago, or skipped university altogether and gone straight into the ‘real world’ – are certainly, understandably bemused by my still clinging onto the identity of studenthood, semi-jokingly questioning if I am ever actually going to leave university and get a (so called) real job. Read more about Chloe's experiences here
Recent Events

Pause with Purpose with Will Medd
 
This one day workshop was designed to enable participants to 'Take stock, let go and imagine what’s possible'. Through a wonderful range of activities the day invited participants to step back, take stock, experience alternative perspectives, explore common challenges and identify a clearer sense of the way ahead. See here for reflections from Oliver Kennedy who attended the workshop.

 
Additional Funding Opportunities

Internship, Sofia Eleftheriadou, Educational Research, University of Manchester   


 
'For students thinking about undertaking an internship, I would definitely recommend that they discuss it with their supervisors and apply!'

Thanks to the NWSSDTP Internship scheme, I had the opportunity to undertake a placement at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) in Melbourne, Australia. ACER is an educational research organisation with a long history in addressing learning across the life span and research expertise in national and international surveys, assessment and reporting, and research to inform educational policy and practice. Read here about Sofia's visit.

The next deadline for all NWSSDTP Additional Funding Competitions is 7th June 2020.



Get involved in MethodsX in 2019/20
 

Are you currently puzzling over the best methods to use for your PhD research? Perhaps you are in the middle of conducting your empirical research and are facing all sorts of unanticipated methodological challenges. Or maybe you are writing up your research and are reflecting on your research design with the benefit of experience.
MethodsX (short for ‘Methods Exchange’) provides all ESRC-funded students with an opportunity to meet students from across the partnership who share broadly similar methodological concerns. You will be able to compare notes with doctoral students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, whilst also finding out about cutting-edge innovations in your methodological field.

New students will receive more information on each of the streams in the student handbook (or visit the website of Methods North West, which organises MethodsX) and will be invited to indicate their stream preference very shortly. Continuing students who signed up to one of the streams last year will receive an email soon about how they can get involved. In the meantime, please put the meeting date for your preferred stream in your diary now – and please hold the date for the 2020 MethodsX Conference: Friday 15th May at Keele University.

Link to Methods North West 

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