Faculty of Social Sciences Annual Postgraduate Symposium:

'Let's talk about Impact': The Impact Agenda and Doctoral Research

Monday 5th June 2017 – 3S15 Colin Bell Building

This symposium seeks to raise and debate questions about what it means to attend to the impact agenda as a doctoral researcher. It will offer the opportunity to engage in discussion about not just how to ‘do impact’, but how to contribute to the development of the continuing role that research impact will likely play in our future careers.

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Event Overview

The requirement to demonstrate research impact – defined by RCUK as the “demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy” – is becoming an increasing concern for academics. As doctoral researchers, we too are encouraged to attend to this aspect in our work. We are provided with toolkits to help us plan our impact pathway and are often required to submit evidence of how our research has influenced public life. Many within academia have resisted, challenged or critiqued the ‘impact agenda’ (Colley, 2014). However, given that research impact is now integral to how our work is judged (Martin, 2011), how can we, as doctoral researchers, open up this debate? Can our experiences contribute to this healthy discussion and, possibly, suggest some ways forward?

This symposium seeks to raise and debate questions about what it means to attend to the impact agenda as a doctoral researcher. It will offer the opportunity to engage in discussion about not just how to ‘do impact’, but how to contribute to the development of the continuing role that research impact will likely play in our future careers.

We are delighted to welcome Professor Jon Bannister from Manchester Metropolitan University as our keynote speaker. Professor Bannister has published on knowledge exchange/mobilisation and will speak to the theme of Civic Social Science.

The symposium will also include a range of papers from researchers at different stages of their research careers, working across Social, Health and Natural Sciences. We welcome PhD and early-career researchers from various disciplines to come together with the overall aim of exploring and interrogating issues around impact within their research.

Keynote speaker and presenters

Details of presenters and their presentations at this year's Postgraduate Symposium can be found below.

Professor Jon Bannister

Professor Jon Bannister is Professor of Criminology at Manchester Metropolitan University, Professorial Fellow at the University of Glasgow and the Director of Manchester Met Crime and Well-Being Big Data Centre.

Jon has a research interest in urban disorder. In particular, his work is concerned with: the conceptual and empirical realities of civility, respect and tolerance in the public realm; youth gangs and territoriality; perceptions of crime and antisocial behaviour; crime trends and their causation; and, the prevention and management of disorder (interventions and systems of governance). He also holds a growing interest in knowledge exchange / mobilisation and the civic academy.

Jon has undertaken numerous knowledge exchange activities beyond the academy. His research team helped design and launch the Safer Communities Scotland website (http://www.safercommunitiesscotland.org/). The website serves to share learning and information resources relevant to community safety practitioners. He also acts as a lecturer at the Scottish Police College.

Selected relevant publications:

  • Bannister, J., and Hardill, I. (2014) Knowledge Mobilisation and the Social Sciences: Research impact and engagement London: Routledge 
  • Bannister, I. Hardill (2013). Knowledge mobilisation and the social sciences: Dancing with new partners in an age of austerity. Contemporary Social Science. 8(3), pp.167-175.
  • Bannister, A. O'Sullivan (2013). Knowledge mobilisation and the civic academy: the nature of evidence, the roles of narrative and the potential of contribution analysis. Contemporary Social Science. 8(3), pp.249-262.

Professor Jon Bannister will talk to the theme of ‘Civic Social Science’.

Registration and practicalities

This event is free to attend and lunch is provided.

Postgraduate students at different stages of their careers attending Universities across Scotland are more than welcome to attend.

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The symposium will take place in 3S15, Colin Bell Building. Maps of Stirling Campus can be found here.

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