The Festival of Social Science 2013, College of Social Sciences

ESRC Festival of Social ScienceThe ESRC Festival of Social Science, highlights some of the leading social science research taking place within the field of Social Science with free lectures, workshops, seminars, exhibitions and other events being held around the country to offer an insight into how social science research impacts on our lives.

 

The College of Social Science within the University of Birmingham is showcasing a number of projects offering something for everyone from school children to politicians.  

Getting on in the UK: networks, class and culture 

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 Getting on in the UK

You are invited to join us to discuss our recent research findings on:

  • What types of social network do ethnic minorities and refugees possess?
  • Do social networks facilitate social mobility?
  • What is the role of social networks and capital in integration and inclusion?

These event brings together researchers from two project teams: the Nuffield Foundation funded Refugee Integration, Social Networks and Social Capital project (Birmingham and Cardiff) and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Poverty, Ethnicity and Social Networks research (Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham) to co-present findings focusing on social network, social media and social capital in minority ethnic and refugee communities.

The event will take place in three different locations. To find out more and book your ticket, please go to the specific event page below.

Getting on in the UK: networks, class and culture(London)

Monday 4th November 2013, 11:00-13:00 

Nuffield Foundation, London

Getting on in the UK: networks, class and culture (Cardiff)

Wednesday 6th November 2013, 13:30-15:30 

Cardiff University, Cardiff

Getting on in the UK: networks, class and culture (Birmingham)

Friday 8th November 2013, 11:00-13:00 

Room 417, Muirhead Tower, University of Birmingham

The Future of Aid in an Age of Austerity 

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 The Future of Aid in an Age of Austerity
  

The Future of Aid in an Age of Austerity

Tuesday 5th November 2013 

Hereford

Speakers from the University of Birmingham and external agencies, will use social science research (public surveys, research on UK historical relationships with developing regions and research on UK national identity) to debate two questions:

  • How does aid fit into UK identity in an interconnected world?
  • Should UK aid spending be maintained whilst other areas of government spending are being cut?  

Please note that this event is only open to sixth form students at Hereford Sixth Form College.

Next Generation Social Science Research at the University of Birmingham

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Doctoral Research for the Next Generation

Doctoral research for the Next Generation

All week 4th - 9th November 2013 

Innovation Hub, Birmingham Central Library

This exhibition presents the cutting edge social science research undertaken by UoB doctoral researchers using a range of media including posters and photography. The University of Birmingham doctoral researchers will be on hand to talk about the exhibits, explain their significance and answer your questions. There will also be afternoon debates and lunchtime talks on live topics in social science. 

Here are some of the highlights:

Monday 4 November: Exhibition opens
From 14.00-17.30

Posters, images of research and public launch of College of Social Sciences Doctoral Researcher Yearbook

Tuesday 5 November: Does Social Science matter?

Live debate from 14.00-15.30

Open question time session on the topicality and relevance of social science research for anyone and everyone: individuals, families, business, governments and the economy.

Wednesday 6 November: Making Social Policy and Government work for us: a realistic ambition?

From 12.30 - 13.30

Presentations, debate and posters on live issues in local and national government policy making and social policy with a focus the impact of the economic downturn and austerity measures. Q&A to follow

Monica Pinilla Roncancio, Pobsook Chamchong, Ourathi Yosinta, Polina Manolova, Lindsay Murch, Liam Stanley, Frances Amery, Cherry Miller, Eleanor Gore

Wednesday 6 November: Forward thinking in Education: where are we going?

From 14.00-15.00

Presentations, live debate and posters showcasing new innovations and investigations in education with a focus on current and new ideas for improving the experience of all learners. Q&A to follow

Judith Buckley, Ricky Wang, Tom Perry, Marilena Mademtzi, Frederick Ebot-Ashu, Sarah Clemerson

Thursday 7 November: Business, Economics and Society: working well together or tearing each other apart?

From 13.00-14.00

Presentations, debate and posters on live issues in the global world of business, finance and economics. Q&A to follow.

Sam Thewlis, Chris Darko, Xiaocong Yang, Gabriella Rozenfeld, Enrico Vanino, Kai Zho, Saham Al Ismail, Myada Tawfik

Friday 8 November: Sport & Exercise Science: Not just about Olympic medallists.

From 15.00-16.00

Presentations, live debate and posters on topics linked to participation, motivation and health effects of Sport and Exercise. Q&A to follow.

Maria-Christina Kosteli, Adam Bibbey, Nathan Smith, Laura Healy

Saturday 9 November: What makes people tick? Exploring the mind with Psychology

From 13.00-14.00

Presentations, live debate and posters on topics including: Why do we eat what we eat? Crime and police investigations; Speech production; Theory of the mind; Objects in social interaction. Q&A to follow.

Jason Thomas, Carmel Bennett, Dinesh Ramoo, Beinan Zhou, Sophie Milward, Chelsea Slater, Bradley Mattan, King Lau, Kari Davies

Third Sector resilience: surviving in challenging times

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Third Sector resilience: surviving in challenging times

Third Sector Resilience: surviving in challenging times

Wednesday 6th November 2013, 14:00-17:00 

Birmingham Voluntary Council (BVSC), Digbeth, Birmingham

Researchers at the University of Birmingham's Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) will summarise some of their recent quantitative and qualitative research on the impact of the recession and the public expenditure cuts on third sector organisations, and their responses to this. There will then be an opportunity for organisations in Birmingham to share their experiences of these events and to discuss the lessons that can be learnt about how to promote and support resilience within organisations.

To find out more and register for this free event please go to the Third Sector Resilience: surviving in challenging times web page

Involving families in supporting mental health recovery

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  Involving families in supporting mental health recovery

Involving families in supporting mental health recovery 

Thursday 7th November 2013, 10:00-16:00 

Edgbaston Park Road, University of Birmingham

Families have long been neglected in service responses to people with mental health difficulties. However, for many people, reclaiming a ‘life worth living’ depends on having particular sorts of supportive relationships with significant others – which may not be easy given the stresses and anxieties that mental health issues can bring up for all concerned.
This Conference will offer an opportunity to share and discuss the latest research on different collaborative models by which service users and their family or close friends may be involved in enabling recovery from the disabilities that may be associated with mental distress. These include systemic and behavioural family therapy, family group conferencing, personal budgets and the Open Dialogue approach that has been pioneered in Finland

This event is now full 

An Attitude for Gratitude, The Jubilee Centre for Character and Values 

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An Attitude for Gratitude

An Attitude for Gratitude

Saturday 9th November 2013, 09:00-16:00 

The Atrium, International Convention Centre, Birmingham

We present a series of hands-on activities designed to get you thinking about the values that are important to you. There is something for everyone with activities for adults, children, families and individuals alike…

Values Velcro Board; an interactive task designed to get you thinking about which values matter the most.
Thank You Post-box and Film Booth; we invite you to film messages of thanks in our film booth, or write thank you letters to post in our life-size post-box!
Thank You Films; an inspiring film show displaying the brilliant gratitude films created by Primary and Secondary school pupils around the U.K.

Come down and join us to find out more and to learn about the pioneering research that is being carried out at the University of Birmingham’s Jubilee Centre for Character and Values.

Conversations about Religion and Diversity 

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Conversations about Religion and Diversity

Religious diversity in the City of Birmingham

Monday 4th November 2013, 17:30-19:00 

With Martin Stringer from the University of Birmingham

Room 103, Library of Birmingham

Faith and Social Inclusion in the City of Birmingham

Tuesday 5th November 2013, 16:30-18:00

With the Bishop of Birmingham, David Urquhart

Nishkam Centre, 6 Soho Road, Birmingham

Identity, Belonging and Faith in Today’s Birmingham

Wednesday 6th November 2013, 15:00-16:30 

With Arshad Isakjee from the University of Birmingham

St George's Church, Birmingham

Counter Terror and Communities in Birmingham

Thursday 7th November 2013, 17:30-19:00 

With Imran Awan from Birmingham City University

Selly Oak Methodist Centre, Birmingham

Diversity and Diversity in the Contemporary City

Friday 8th November 2013, 17:30-19:00 

With Dr Chris Allan, from the University of Birmingham

Ort Café, Balsall Heath, Birmingham