HM Government's Open Innovation Team PhD Programme 2022
Deadline: 19th September 2021
Our recruitment round for placements across 2022 is now open. We are inviting PhD students to join our team for three months to help us deliver projects on a wide range of policy areas.
Please see details here.
Is your research being conducted within the correct ethical boundaries?
Date and time: 30th September 2021; 12.00 -17.00
Like all academics, PhD students must successfully negotiate a Research Ethics Committee before engaging in most forms of empirical data collection. The question is, how do you know you are not crossing an ethical line? For example, could you ethically justify the methods you intend to use to achieve your research aims? Are there any sensitive issues? If your methods involve face to face contact, where do you meet? What determines your choices over who participates? What determines theirs? What factors do you need to take into account when anonymising responses? What is your data security plan? Can you explain what your research entails to the non-technical audience evaluating your application? See full details and registration see here.
Methods North West: Exploring issues of positionality in qualitative research
Date and time : 7th October 2021; 14.00-15.00
Qualitative method texts often discuss the importance of understanding positionality as a researcher during research design, yet its importance for participants during data collection is often neglected. Using my experiences of conducting ethnographic fieldwork with paid carers, this seminar will explore how notions of positionality matter for participants and will provide a space for you to reflect on the potential implications for your own research.
Methods North West: Using Graphic Elicitation Data Gathering Methods with Ex-Offenders
Date and time: 21st October 2021; 14.00-15.00
In this talk Lee Wainwright will draw upon his own research into how entrepreneuring in prison helps to change the lived experience under conditions of extreme restriction, to discuss what graphic elicitation methods are, how to use them and how to analyse the qualitative data.
Research, Resilience, Resurgence
Dates: 18th & 19th October 2021
Research, Resilience, Resurgence addresses the changes and stages through a research degree. From discovering new research strategies and texts, developing a sense of resilience to the trials of the experience, and a resurgence from the challenges we face through the story. As we emerge from the challenges of 2020, we invite scholars, performers, and creative practitioners to reflect on the three core themes in relation to their own PhD experiences and research subjects.
For further information see here.
Pen to Paper Thursday
The idea with the Pen to Paper Thursday sessions is to carve out a designated space for us all (at all levels) to get "stuff" (of all sorts) done in the digital community. There is no obligation for participants to stay for the whole session/ join each session. People are free to use the sessions in a way that works best for them. These sessions are designed for people to develop an accountable writing practice and to "reclaim" time for us to work on the things we'd like to focus on together.
Each Pen to Paper Thursday looks like this:
- 09:30am - 12.30pm BST (incl breaks).
- 5 X 25-minute writing sessions.
- Google Meet (cameras and mics off until break time).
- A short goal-setting exercise (for personal accountability, non-pressured/ no testing.
Future participants should email: firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the weekly Google Invitation.
2021 Research Methods e-Festival
Dates: 25-29th October 2021
NCRM is delighted to bring you the 2021 Research Methods e-Festival in collaboration with methods@manchester. The event will be a celebration of research methods with an interdisciplinary social science flavour. There will be more than 80 sessions run over five days, with more than 130 speakers offering diverse perspectives on the festival’s theme: innovation, adaptation and evolution of the social sciences. The e-festival will be 100 percent web-based and hosted on a dedicated interactive platform, where attendees can join sessions via live video streams, take part in community discussions and network with other guests. Our keynote speakers are Professor Trisha Greenhalgh (University of Oxford), Professor Noshir Contractor (Northwestern University), Dr Ash Watson (University of New South Wales), and Amos Toh (Human Rights Watch). For more information see https://www.ncrm.ac.uk/RMeF2021/home.php
Call for Expression of Interest open for Poster competition: 2021 Research Methods e-Festival. See here for full details. Closing date 7th October 2021.
Studying Human-Computer Interaction with Video - Online
Dates: 10 - 11 November 2021
Human-computer interaction (HCI) is an ever-more pervasive phenomenon. In fact, avoiding any kind of interaction with digital technologies has become a purposeful and quite challenging act in many modern societies. In this way HCI has the potential for widespread relevance considerably beyond its initial disciplinary origins stemming largely from university computer science and psychology departments. This course will explore one formative strand of interactionism: video-based studies of social interaction with/around digital technologies (e.g., in everyday life), informed by traditions of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis. For more information: To book see here.
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For a full list of training sessions see here.
During your doctorate: the middle phase
By now you will have settled into your research and institution, mastered the techniques required to carry it out and formed a social network. There is some time left yet before you start racing through the final research stage and focus on pulling your research into a comprehensive thesis. This can easily be a time when you don’t notice how quickly time is going. Here are some tips on how to successfully and productively use this time. See here for further details.
CLOSER report sheds new light on harmonising longitudinal measures of mental health
This report is designed to help researchers understand the measurement properties and maximise the comparability of existing mental health measures within and across the cohort studies.For further details see here.
For the latest CLOSER Twitter highlights see here.
If Homes Had Ears
Open your ears, draw back the curtains and peek into domestic life as you may never have heard it before. See here for details.
Top 5 tips for designing and undertaking an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship
Read Wales DTP student Rebecca Windemer's blog on her top 5 tips for designing and undertaking an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship here.