Finding Trust in Social Sciences

Muirhead Tower
Social Sciences
Thursday 21st September 2017 (00:00)
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The 'Finding Trust in Social Sciences' workshop will take place at the University of Birmingham on 21 September 2017. Public and academic interest in trust has never attracted such debate and attention as in recent years, making the need for clarity and precision particularly compelling. The purpose of the workshop is to bring together doctoral students/early career researchers and experienced scholars from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds to discuss the current trust research in the field of International Relations, and to challenge us to consider trust across a variety of contexts.


Programme of events
09:30 Coffee and registration
10:00 Welcome keynote and agenda

Professor Guido Möllering (Witten/Herdecke University, Germany) – 'Vulnerability: The Achilles' Heel of Trust Research?'
10:30 First panel (theoretical aspects)
12:30 Lunch

'Meet a trust scholar' session to discuss a thesis chapter
13:30 Second panel (methodological issues)
15:30 Coffee break
16:00 Third panel

4 papers in a 1.5hr track (First Cut Paper Session)
Presenters (PhD students) in these sessions will have 10 minutes to present and will be asked to read and prepare comments on each other’s papers to allow for greater feedback and discussion of these early stage papers.
17:30 Coffee break
17:45 Journal of Trust Research: Information from the Editor
17:55 Roundtable (with expert trust researchers)

19:00 Reception

Hosted by the University of Birmingham, with support from the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation, and Security (ICCS), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), The BISA Postgraduate Network (PGN), the School of Government and Society and the Journal of Trust Research (JTR).


Useful Information for Attendees

There is no registration fee for this workshop. Funding to contribute to travel expenses is available to assist paper-givers to attend though this will be capped depending on numbers. Funding is also available for PhD students attending if they are selected to participate in the 'Meet a trust scholar' session. Please indicate when submitting an abstract whether you would need to apply for funding in order to attend. A limited number of generous bursaries (to assist with travel costs and accommodation) are available for especially strong proposals.

Lunch and refreshments on the day will be provided. A complimentary drinks reception will follow the roundtable session.

The 'Meet a trust scholar' session will allow doctoral students to submit a thesis chapter a month prior to the workshop to receive feedback and discuss the chapter on the day of the workshop with an experienced researcher that they will be paired with.

There will also be a prize (including recent books on trust) for the best paper presented at the workshop.

Guest speakers for the workshop that have confirmed participation:

The abstract submission period for the workshop is now over. Registration will open in July 2017. The event is free to attend but registration is mandatory.