IRiS International Conference 2017

University of Birmingham
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Research, Social Sciences
Thursday 14th (09:00) - Friday 15th September 2017 (17:00)
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Global Perspectives on Research Co-production with Communities:  Ontologies, Epistemologies and Methodologies

The Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) will be hosting its 4th annual conference in partnership with the Melbourne Social Equity Institute, University of Melbourne. The conference will draw together academics, community-based practitioners and researchers, policy makers and doctoral researchers from a range of disciplinary backgrounds to consider various aspects of research co-production with communities.

In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in community-engaged research conducted both inside and outside the academy. Amidst a widespread push to commodify the services of higher education institutions, however, there may be diminishing capacities, or institutional interest, in working collaboratively and cooperatively with community-based partners. In these contemporary contexts, conducting rigorous community engaged research that maximises the benefits of research for communities raises familiar and new kinds of ontological, epistemological, methodological, political and ethical issues.

This timely interdisciplinary conference, jointly organised by the University of Birmingham’s Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) and The Melbourne Social Equity Institute, University of Melbourne, will bring together world leading academics, practitioner and community researchers to focus on the opportunities and challenges of community engaged research. The conference will explore innovative models and methods adopted as part of community-based initiatives and university-community partnerships and will provide a platform to consider a range of theoretical, methodological and ethical issues in order to advance thinking and help enhance the impact of community engaged research projects.

The conference will feature two keynote speeches from renowned experts on community engagement:  

  • Professor Angie Hart - Professor of Child, Family and Community Health, School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton
  • Professor Teresa Cordova -Director of Great Cities Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago and also Professor of Urban Planning and Policy at the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA)

The conference will also feature invited plenaries, academic and practitioner panels, provocations and art-based activities, and a poster display on topics at the forefront of community-engaged research. Find out more about the call for papers here