The Institute of Advanced Studies’ Visiting Fellowship programmes bring outstanding academics and researchers from global leading institutions to our campus. The IAS welcomes nominations of Distinguished Fellows and Vanguard Fellows, with follow-on funds available to support future research ideas. For further information please contact Sue Gilligan.

IAS Workshops Enabling the development of new ideas; bringing together expertise from across the breadth of our University.
Research Investment Scheme: For further development of ideas following an IAS workshop or visiting fellowship.

01: Distinguished Visiting Fellow Prof Zude Zhou - Wuhan University of Technology
02: Vanguard Fellow Dr Hans Koster - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
03: Vanguard Fellow Prof Wenjun Xu - Wuhan University of Technology
04: Vanguard Fellow Dr Damilola Olawuyi - Hamad Bin Khalifa University

IAS Children and Childhoods Network
Vicky Goodyear
IAS Children and Childhoods Network Communications Director Dr Vicky Goodyear was recently in Westminster presenting evidence to MPs in an All-party Parliamentary Group from her Wellcome Trust project with Prof Kathy Armour. The project, The Impact of Social Media on Young People’s Health and Wellbeing, was based partly on research from an IAS workshop on Preventing Suicide and Self-harm in Children and Young People.
Call for Applications
The Call is now open for applications for Junior and Senior Fellowships 2019 on ‘Parliaments and Democracy in Africa’ at the Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA), University of Ghana. Fellowships would be from September to December 2019, and the deadline is November 30, 2018. More detailed information can be found at their website.
Congratulations to our UBIAS Network colleagues ZiF
50 years ago the Center for Interdisciplinary Research was founded as the nucleus of the new University at Bielefeld, inspired by the institutes in Princeton and Stanford. This month the ZiF celebrates 50 years of organising and supporting cross-disciplinary international research, including the work of several Nobel Laureates.
Upcoming Workshops and Events
20 November

Children’s Engagement with Digital Technologies: Implications for Health and Wellbeing

Workshop Leaders: Prof Peter Kraftl and Prof Julie Taylor and Dr Victoria Goodyear

This Children and Childhoods Network (CCN) workshop will explore intersections between two of CCN’s major research themes – technology, and health and wellbeing – with the aim of better understanding how to make the best of the university’s research strengths to address these clear global challenges.
5 December, 13:00–14:00

Water-Energy-Food Nexus and Sustainable Development: Law and Governance Innovations for Integrated Decision-Making

Speaker: Dr Damilola Olawuyi, IAS Vanguard Fellow, Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Without water, we cannot produce food and energy; and without energy, we cannot process or distribute food and water. This seminar presents on-going research on law and governance innovations for advancing integrated decision-making on WEF issues in Qatar and the Middle East. All are welcome to this IAS lunchtime seminar.
5 December, 16:00 – 18:00

Short-term rentals and the housing market: Quasi-experimental evidence from Airbnb in Los Angeles

Speaker Dr Hans Koster, IAS Vanguard Fellow, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Online short-term housing rental platforms such as Airbnb have grown spectacularly in recent years, leading some cities to severely restrict short-term rentals, while others nearby have not. This lecture will examine how this affected house prices, listings, and availability. All staff and students are welcome to attend.
13 December, 12:30 – 14:00

Robotics-enabled Sustainable Manufacturing

Speaker: Dr Wenjun Xu, IAS Vanguard Fellow, Wuhan University of Technology

Sustainable manufacturing is a novel manufacturing model for balanced development. This lecture will cover exciting developments in this crucial field such as in industrial cloud robotics, energy-efficient robotised manufacturing, and human-robot collaboration in disassembly. All staff and students are welcome to attend.
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17 December

Water-Energy-Food Nexus and Sustainable Development in the UK and the Middle East

Workshop leaders Dr Walters Nsoh, Law, and Dr Damilola Olawuyi, IAS Vanguard Fellow, Hamad Bin Khalifa University

The UK Government has made a strategic commitment to strengthening partnerships with the Gulf countries to help tackle the challenges we share. Among the challenges are those related to energy, water and food security. This workshop will form the springboard for wider institutional linkage and expertise exchange.

Humour and Resilience in the Face of (everyday) Global Challenges

Workshop Leader: Dr Laura Martin, History and Cultures, and Dr Stephen Forcer, Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

Humour is universal; it has been fundamental to some of the greatest feats of human creativity and experience, from major works of culture to survival in concentration camps. This IAS workshop will discuss: How is humour understood and engaged with in different areas of study? How can humour be used to resist or alleviate live real-world problems?
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7 February

The Citizen in Citizen Science

Workshop leader Dr Vanessa Heggie, Institute of Applied Health Research.

Citizen science has become a significant form of scientific practice with interdisciplinary voices. This workshop will go beyond current analyses by bringing together practitioners, participants & critics for an interdisciplinary interrogation of the word ‘citizen’ in the phrase ‘citizen science’.
Call for Papers

Anonymity: Past, Present and Futures unknown

Workshop Leaders: Prof Jonathan Reinarz, , and Dr Rebecca Wynter, Institute of Applied Health Research

Anonymity has become a defining feature of twenty-first century culture. This workshop will explore how one lives in a world without anonymity, how and why some people lived anonymously in the past and others try to continue to do so today. Abstracts are warmly invited from subjects including (but not limited to): Philosophy, Politics, Law, Literature, Medicine, Media, Business, History, Sociology, Architecture and Engineering.
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