ESRC Festival of Social Science 2016

ESRC-longbannerThe ESRC Festival of Social Science celebrates how pioneering social, economic and political research impacts everyday life. Our events are open to all, whether you’re a leading researcher in your field, you’re studying the subject at school or a member of the public interested in learning more. We want you to take part in these events, engaging with what Birmingham’s academics are exploring.

For more details on individual events, please see the information below or contact the event organiser. For Festival-wide queries, please contact the College of Social Sciences Communciations team at colsoc-c-coss-commun@adf.bham.ac.uk or +44(0)121 414 3347.

Birmingham is proud to continue to host the ESRC Festival of Social Science; find out about our previous years' events.

Saturday 5 November 2016

Smart energy: will we have warmer and healthier homes?
Date: Saturday 5 November to Sunday 6 November 2016
Description: Attend this event and you will be able to see data on electricity and gas usage and the indoor environment in a home across the course of a day, annotated by real quotations from interviewees about their daily routines and their energy related concerns. You will be able to switch between variables, scroll along the timeline and tap on bubbles to view quotes. You will also be able to find out more about the importance of a warm and healthy indoor environment by test driving the project team's ‘Energy Dashboard’ app, showing real time data from their test house, and explore the 3D ‘Hints & Tips House’ for ideas of how to save energy at home, whilst keeping the indoor environment healthy. Members of the research team will be on hand to talk about the technology and answer any questions. Lastly, everyone is welcome to try the energy quiz, with a prize for the best score over the weekend!

Sunday 6 November 2016

Smart energy: will we have warmer and healthier homes?
Date:
 Saturday 5 November to Sunday 6 November 2016
Description: Attend this event and you will be able to see data on electricity and gas usage and the indoor environment in a home across the course of a day, annotated by real quotations from interviewees about their daily routines and their energy related concerns. You will be able to switch between variables, scroll along the timeline and tap on bubbles to view quotes. You will also be able to find out more about the importance of a warm and healthy indoor environment by test driving the project team's ‘Energy Dashboard’ app, showing real time data from their test house, and explore the 3D ‘Hints & Tips House’ for ideas of how to save energy at home, whilst keeping the indoor environment healthy. Members of the research team will be on hand to talk about the technology and answer any questions. Lastly, everyone is welcome to try the energy quiz, with a prize for the best score over the weekend!

Monday 7 November 2016

Good Data Gone Bad: playing fast and loose with data!
Date: Monday 7 November 2016
Description: In this ESRC Festival of Social Science event we shall present and illustrate some rules of thumb, to help you sort through competing claims more judiciously and make more informed decisions.

Inclusive Finance: Is this an illusion?
Date: Monday 7 November 2016
Description: Through this two day ESRC Festival of Social Science event featuring a poster presentation session and a Davos-style debate session you will gain an understanding and insight pertaining to the channels for financial development to promote inclusive finance. You will also gain insight into how financial inclusion may be achieved through improved understanding of lenders and borrowers characteristics, along with factors affecting efficient economic transaction between them. This in turn will lead to an understanding of how to develop strengthened financial inclusion and a resilient financial environment. 

Tuesday 8 November 2016

Pathways of settlement among recent migrants in super-diverse contexts
Date: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Description: This ESRC Festival of Social Science event will present interim findings from a 3-year ethnographic research project in East London and Birmingham, addressing some of the main issues faced by recent migrants. In particular, it will focus on so called ‘pioneer migrants’, i.e. people from unusual source countries who cannot ‘dock onto’ already existing communities for support. By looking at these pioneer migrants, the event will address increasing public, political and policy interest in examining new patterns of immigration into already diverse social contexts.

Dispelling myths of migration- 'Night Light'
Date: 
Tuesday 8 November 2016
Description: ‘Night Light’ is a specially commissioned theatre performance exploring the fears of two teenage asylum seekers at risk of deportation. The play is performed by the Mandala Theatre Company and will provoke the audience to engage more closely with the theme of immigration, asylum and refugees. The play deals specifically with the issue of unaccompanied children and the effects migration has on their lives and future chances. Registration for this event is now closed. 

Wednesday 9 November 2016

Moving beyond stereotypes about the GP receptionist
Date: Wednesday 9 November 2016
Description: This ESRC Festival of Social Science event will highlight the role of the GP receptionist, a role which has been largely overlooked by the NHS and research communities. This is interesting given the profound effect on patient satisfaction, care and health and the significant place within the GP practice that the GP receptionist holds. In this way our exploration and discussion of the roles of the receptionist, with input from a number of highly qualified and experienced professionals within the sector will prove interesting and exciting, sparking debate and engaging with all attendees. 

Thursday 10 November 2016

Bricks, Concrete and Steel – A look at Birmingham's Future commercial and residential property and local infrastructure development
Date: 
Thursday 10 November 2016
Description: 
This ESRC Festival of Social Science workshop will bring together developers and policy-makers from across the city to test and explore research findings, test scenarios and identify potential solutions/recommendations regarding development challenges facing Birmingham and the wider region. 

Older People's Health and Wellbeing: Who Decides?
Date: Thursday 10 November 2016
Description: This ESRC Festival of Social Science event will share research findings from two recently completed large research projects: decision making for the treatment of cancer in older people across the UK and older people’s contribution to understanding and preventing avoidable hospital admissions. During the event, we hope to find out about how the research findings relate to people’s experiences as older decision-makers, and how decision-making can be better supported in relation to health and wellbeing by providing structured opportunities for you to engage in small group discussions about the research presentations and to feedback in plenary.

Corruption: Black and white or fifty shades?
Date: Thursday 10 November 2016
Description: Building on ongoing work from the Developmental Leadership Program and in collaboration with the Overseas Development Program (ODI) and the British Academy, this all day gathering will bring together academics, policymakers, civil society representatives and other interested audiences and  will showcase emerging research on corruption and anti-corruption efforts that captures these complexities. 

Friday 11 November 2016

Voices of Refuge: Connecting People through the Stories We Tell
Date: 
Friday 11 November 2016
Description: This ESRC Festival of Social Science event – combining a screening of the film “The Bridge” by two refugee filmmakers in Calais with the presentation of a photography project about Calais and insights into the work of civil society initiatives and academics – will provide an opportunity to learn about and engage with different stories of migration and asylum that often remain untold in the media, but can help to emphasise what we have in common rather than what divides us. 

Super-diversity and recent immigration: pathways of settlement of new migrants in Hackney
Date: 
Friday 11 November 2016
Description: The event will explore with the general public, policymakers and practitioners the findings of the project and will explain the concept of ‘super-diversity’ and the notion of ‘pioneer migration’.  More specifically, it will address the main challenges faced by recent migrants, such as issues around the prohibition to work among asylums seekers, and processes of professional deskilling among migrants with a secure legal status.

BEACONS Development Education Centre Conference
Date:
Friday 11 November 2016
Description: 
This ESRC event aims to share some of this new content through a variety of expert speakers, including Professor Paul Jackson, as well as providing a University experience and inspiration for 6th formers. All attending teachers will receive a resource pack to support the delivery of Global Systems and Global Governance lessons back at their schools.