Forthcoming Methods@manchester events

What is…? talks

What is…? talks will start again in October. Recordings of previous What is…? talks can be found on the Methods pages at


Research methods and social responsibility

Wednesday 8 June 2011, 10.30 – 4.00

Lecture Theatre, The Manchester Dental Education Centre (MANDEC), Bridgeford Street, University of Manchester

This workshop is the first of a series of one-day meetings that we are organising on ‘research methods and social responsibility’. The overarching aim of the meetings will be to explore cross-disciplinary perspectives on the methodological and ethical issues that arise in all research encounters. Our first meeting sets out to provoke a conversation between researchers either based at the University of Manchester or with strong connections to Manchester. Each of our speakers will give a short, ten minute presentation setting out the challenges presented by their particular research activities, and the ways in which they respond to these challenges. The day is divided into two broad themes; the first four talks discuss research that engages with conflict, disasters, suffering and advocacy; the second four address the question of how research is valued and evaluated more generally, raising questions about the links between social responsibility and wider issues concerning the ethics and politics of research more generally. Each set of four short talks will be followed by wider discussion and debate. In a final session we aim to take stock of the issues that have arisen during the day and identify questions that people would like to take forward in future events.

To view the programme and book a place please go to


The Impact Agenda – an ESRC-funded seminar series

Seminar 2: The ‘impact’ of culture and cultural processes: a dialogue

Tuesday 28 June 2011
Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester

Culture effects challenges conventional thinking and methods associated with ‘measuring’ the impact of artistic and cultural practices, participation and processes. It provides an opportunity for artists, cultural practitioners and academics to come together to explore new languages for articulating the difficult to measure, intangible, sensual and powerful ‘effects’ and ‘affects’ of arts and culture.

Culture effects takes place in a moment when the cultural sector and arts and humanities subjects in Higher Education are under pressure to prove their economic worth and policy relevance. At the same time, there is renewed governmental interest in finding ways to measure well-being and quality of life.

With key notes from Joe Winston, University of Warwick and Tom Bolton, Centre for Cities, and presentations, case studies, provocations and creative workshops, the event is relevant to the arts and cultural practitioners, academics from across the humanities and social sciences, policy-makers, educationalists and others interested in extending the ways in which they research the impact of interventions.

For more details and to book a place go to

Seminar 3: The interaction between academic knowledge producers and government organisations

Monday 4 July 2011
Royal Statistical Society, Errol Street, London

There are well established, long term relationships between UK academic and government organisations. However, the relationship between academic and non-academic organisations may be becoming even more crucial. The Research Excellence Framework (REF), which will assess the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, sets as one of its assessment criteria the wider impact of research.

In this seminar presentations will take the form of a dialogue between an academic who is involved in knowledge transfer, and a corresponding non-academic from a partner in a commissioning government department/agency. Each pair of presenters has an established relationship and may explore questions such as:

1. What are the processes involved in achieving ‘impact’?

2. How much of the academic research reaches the production stage and influences policy?

3. Are there competing interests or expectations between academic and non-academic organizations.

4. What is the potential impact of REF on the interaction between academic and non-academic organisations.

Each speaker will give a 15 minute presentation to set the scene; the facilitator will then open this up for questions, discussion from the audience and the speakers will respond and, in so doing, provide more detail and develop this issues more fully. To view the programme and book a place please go to


Methods Fair 2011

methods@manchester will be holding the Methods Fair again this year and we welcome suggestions for workshops, talks etc. For details of last year’s fair please see Please send any suggestions to


Promote your new publication

If you have a newly published methods-related book or paper that you would Ike to promote we would like to hear from you. We are planning a series of author-led discussions based on new publications by Manchester researchers. Please email if you would like to take part.


Other events

ESDS Government workshop

Introduction to Government Surveys for Housing and the Local Environment

Tuesday 24 May 2011
University of Manchester

This one-day workshop introduces the UK large-scale government survey data that are available for re-analysis and teaching. The focus of the workshop will be on data related to housing and/or the local environment but many of the issues covered are applicable to other areas. The day is aimed at those with little or no experience of the data.

Participants will then learn about the data available, considerations when using the data, the research potential of the data, how to register for and access data and where to go for help. There will also be a hands-on computing session to explore the English Housing Survey data in Nesstar and start analysis in SPSS.

The workshop is free to attend and lunch and refreshments will be provided. To view the programme and book a place go to


Sage courses in May

There are three research methods-based workshops hosted by SAGE taking place in May 2011.  Please find details below.  Booking is via the eProg system, you will need your University username and password to access it, please scroll down to the bottom and click on “apply”.

Oral Histories Workshop

9th May 2011, 9-1pm, Samuel Alexander A214

Public Engagement – The Impact of Arts Research

18th May 2011, 12-2pm, Samuel Alexander S1.2

Arts Research into Policy

24th May 2011, 9.30-2pm, Simon Building 4.38

More information can also be found via the SAGE blog at and the SAGE Twitter Feed @SAGEProgramme


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