Leeds Social Sciences Institute

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Mar
27
Wed
Participatory Action Research and Co-production Workshop (LSSI & Leeds Culture Theme) @ Research Meeting Room 2, Edward Boyle Library
Mar 27 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The aim of this afternoon workshop is to draw from experiences, developments and lessons of research co-production across the arts, humanities and social sciences in different sectors and areas of policy, service delivery and practice – both in the UK and beyond

12:30 – 12:50 – Networking lunch – please inform Hannah Crow (h.e.crow@leeds.ac.uk) of any dietary requirements

12:50 – 13:00 – Introduction and Aims

13:00 – 14:15 Session 1

Lightning talks on models of participatory research & co-production

Dr James Van Alstine (Earth and Environment)- Sustainability Research institute

Professor Julia Martin-Ortega (Earth and Environment)& Dr Alice Borchi (AHC)-

Theatre-based approaches to environmental governance participatory research

Anna Mdee (POLIS)- International Development

Paul Cooke (AHC) – Participatory filmmaking

Sue Hayton (AHC) – Facilitating partnerships between researcher and the cultural sector

Dr Gehan Selim (Engineering) – Epoque Museums Itineraries

Professor Adam Crawford (Law) – Co-production and its challenges within policing

 

14:15 – 14:30 Q&A following lightning talks

 

14:30- 15:30 Session 2

Interactive round table discussions & group feedback –

please bring an electronic device such as tablet or laptop as we will be using online software for this session.

1.What are the key challenges presented in realising or implementing co-production? And how are these best managed?

2. What skills, capabilities, assets and resources does research co-production demand?

 

15:30 – 15:45 – Tea and Coffee Break

 

15:45 – 16:20 Session 3

Panel session

What implications arise from research co-production for:

(i) research funding

(ii) research management

(iii) The evaluation/assessment of impact?

Panel – Professor Adam Crawford (LSSI Director), Professor Alison Fell (Culture Theme Lead) Dr Helen Graham (AHC) Professor Paul Cooke (AHC) Dr Judith Hanks (School of Education)

16:20 – 16:30 Summary and close

 

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Mar
29
Fri
Conference: Young people, skills and prospects in employment @ Leeds Civic Hall
Mar 29 @ 9:30 am – 4:15 pm

Young people, skills and prospects in employment: policy, practice and inclusiveness. Developing understanding of what works and why

A conference co-hosted by the University of Leeds and Leeds City Council and supported through the ESRC IAA DTP Business Boost fund.

Overview

In a context of increasing concerns about skills shortages and worsening job prospects for many young people, multiple interventions seek to improve young people’s pathways from school and college into employment, raise skill levels and promote inclusive growth. Whilst such ambitions are at the heart of national and local agendas they are situated within contexts of enormous complexity and challenge. These include difficulties of coordination across key stakeholders, linked capacity issues, entrenched social inequalities and barriers to inclusion, and limits to supply side policy solutions. Furthermore there are important gaps in evidence about what works and why, and what facilitates and what obstructs effective policy and practice in local contexts.

This one day conference will focus on these questions in the Leeds city context. It will bring to bear national as well as city expertise and evidence, and explore a range of approaches which seek to enhance young people’s pathways, skills and prospects. We will document the kind of research evidence and strategies which could further support policy and practice, and aim to facilitate a new network and ongoing collaborations.


9.00   Registration

9.30   Cllr Jonathan Pryor: Introduction 

9.40 Prof. Ewart Keep (University of Oxford): On complexity and young people’s prospects: policy, evidence and  possibilities for meaningful interventions

Session 1: strengthening connection between education and employment

10.15 – Panel: (How) can enhanced connections between schools and employers support young people into quality employment? Each speaker will describe examples of their organisation’s work, reflect on efficacy in enhancing young people’s pathways and prospects, and linked challenges. Open discussion will follow. Speakers: Olly Newton (Director of Research and Policy, The Edge Foundation); Andrea Cowans (Leeds City College); Sonya Midgley (Enterprise and Education Lead LEP); Stephanie Burras (CEO Ahead Partnership). Discussion: floor and panel

 11 20 Coffee

 Session 2: Local labour market contexts and labour demand

11.45 Peter Glover (LEP) Leeds labour market, skills in context and young people’s prospects

12.00 Mark Goldstone (Head of Policy, WNY Chamber of Commerce) Employer perspectives on training, education and youth skills: can policy and practice be more joined up?

12.15 Workshop: facilitated small group discussions

1.00 Summary feedback session

1.10 Lunch

Session 3: Employers, young people and skills in context

1.50. Prof. Irena Grugulis (University of Leeds) Soft skills: how much are they a product of employment contexts?

2.05 Dr. Jo Ingold (University of Leeds) Apprenticeships and the levy: institutional constraints on take up

2.20 Q and A

 Session 4: Diversity and Inclusion

2.30. Prof. Sue Maguire (University of Bath) Young people at the margins: social inclusion and skills policies in UK comparative perspective

3.00. Sue Wynne (Head Employment and Skills LCC) Young people at the margins in Leeds city context: inclusive growth, employment and skills strategies in practice

3.20. Prof. Sarah Irwin (University of Leeds) Summary of day, prompts for plenary

3.30. Plenary: All speakers and Q and A / discussion from floor; 4.00. Next steps

4.15. Close


Further details

Workshop (from 12.15 – 1.00). Education to employment: what works in enhancing young people’s access to employment?

The facilitated workshop session will ask participants to explore the following questions from different perspectives (e.g across school, college, employers, third sector organisations, city policy makers, young people and their families). What is the evidence that interventions make a difference?  What are the barriers to effective interventions? What works, for who, and why (and in what contexts)? Where would more research, evidence and analysis be most valuable? What scope is there for collaboration across partners?

Plenary (3.30 – 4.00)

This will build on discussion and interests arising through the day; some example questions are as follows:

  1. What are the main challenges to effective interventions in enhancing young peoples’ access to work and progression within work, and in supporting employers to invest in skills and quality jobs?
  2. Does ‘business as normal’ reproduce inequalities?
  3. On gaps, shortfalls or misconstructions – what evidence, research and analysis would be of value?

 


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Apr
10
Wed
‘Linking Leeds’ Seminar – 10 April 2019 @ Department for Work and Pensions, Quarry House
Apr 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

This seminar is part of the ‘Linking Leeds’ seminar series; developed in collaboration with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), in order to help foster richer connections between the academic and policy worlds.

The Linking Leeds seminar series provides opportunities to hear from both leading Social Scientists at the University of Leeds as well as prominent analysts, strategists and policy makers from the Department for Work and Pensions.

At this event, Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite (University of Birmingham) will deliver a session entitled – ‘The reasons for food bank use are overlapping‘: exploring the rise of emergency food in the UK.

Kayleigh’s seminar will be followed by a 30 minute question and answer session.

Please feel free to bring your lunch with you to eat during the session. If you have any access requirements or any further questions about the session, please contact LSSI Communications Coordinator, Katie Barclay (K.barclay@leeds.ac.uk).

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Apr
11
Thu
‘Linking Leeds’ Seminar – 11 April 2019 @ Department for Work and Pensions, Quarry House
Apr 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

This seminar is part of the ‘Linking Leeds’ seminar series; developed in collaboration with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), in order to help foster richer connections between the academic and policy worlds.

The Linking Leeds seminar series provides opportunities to hear from both leading Social Scientists at the University of Leeds as well as prominent analysts, strategists and policy makers from the Department for Work and Pensions.

The speaker at this event will be Professor Mark Priestley (Professor of Disability Policy – School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds).

Mark’s seminar will be followed by a 30 minute question and answer session.

Please feel free to bring your lunch with you to eat during the session. If you have any access requirements or any further questions about the session, please contact LSSI Communications Coordinator, Katie Barclay (K.barclay@leeds.ac.uk).

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Apr
25
Thu
‘More United than Divided’ – Partnerships for Social Justice @ G.05, Charles Thackrah Building
Apr 25 all-day

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Inequalities are often created and kept in place by multiple systems that reinforce poverty, discrimination and social exclusion. People from excluded groups experience numerous layers of inequality that affect almost every area of their lives at the same time. This workshop will explore whether equity networks currently working separately in specific fields such as education, health, employment and transport, or with specific excluded populations, could achieve more by coming together and pooling their resources and efforts. We will explore key issues such as:

  • Can challenges such as poverty, racism, health inequalities and mobility inclusion be addressed holistically rather than through fragmented approaches and, if so, how?
  • Can collaboration across diverse equity networks inform a focus on particular populations or places?
  • Can different networks involving activists, researchers, policymakers and public service practitioners increase their impact and the resources available to them by working together?
  • Can collaboration lead to shared definitions and consistent approaches in areas where these are missing?

*If possible, please bring with you a device which can connect to the internet (iPads/Tablets are ideal)*


Event programme

9.30 – 10.00 Registration, Tea & Coffee

10.00 – 10.15 Welcome and Introduction, Professor Adam Crawford (Director, Leeds Social Sciences Institute), Dr Ghazala Mir (Leeds Institute of Health Sciences)

10.15 – 11.05 Opening Presentations

  • Leeds Poverty Truth Commission & Dr Daniel Edmiston (School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds) – Using Research to drive holistic change

11.00 – 11.55 The Power of Networks – current activity and future potential –Speakers will give an overview of the work their network is doing currently, how they have fostered collaboration, their ideas about what they would want a ‘Network of Networks’ to achieve and how it might work in practice.

11.55 – 12.15 Refreshment Break

12.15 – 13.00 The Power of Networks – continued.

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.30 Action Planning Groups, Chair: Professor Gary Dymski (Leeds University Business School).

To discuss:

  • Promoting Action – Identifying priority areas for joint work: areas that can be promoted via members and adopted as common themes
  • Increasing Resources – for work on inequalities: what funds are available and how can we access them?
  • Supporting Partnerships – how can joint working between and within networks be sustained and mutually beneficial to all partners?

15.30-16.00 Recommendations and Feedback – Professor Gary Dymski (Leeds University Business School)

16.00 Next Steps & Close


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May
8
Wed
Working in Partnership Showcase @ Park Plaza Hotel
May 8 all-day

Further information about the showcase can be found on the event website


This event will mark the end of a period of funding from ESRC that the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York were awarded back in early 2018. The funding has provided a platform for these three institutions to develop new and existing relationships between the private sector and social science research.

An agenda will be published closer to the time but for reference the day will run from 13:30 – 19:00.

The Showcase will begin by examining the components of successful research collaborations for industry and academia. We will share case studies from Leeds, Sheffield and York that demonstrate how strong relationships have been developed, in areas related to the Industrial Strategy. We will then hear from a high-level multi-stakeholder panel on how effective collaborative working can help respond to the central challenge to the Industrial Strategy, slowing productivity. Senior representatives from industry, academia and government will debate how engagement with social science research can help business address productivity challenges such as skills development and management and changing work cultures.

‘Linking Leeds’ Seminar – 8 May 2019 @ Department for Work and Pensions, Quarry House
May 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

This seminar is part of the ‘Linking Leeds’ seminar series; developed in collaboration with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), in order to help foster richer connections between the academic and policy worlds.

The Linking Leeds seminar series provides opportunities to hear from both leading Social Scientists at the University of Leeds as well as prominent analysts, strategists and policy makers from the Department for Work and Pensions.

The speakers at this event will be:

  • Emilio Carnevali (Postgraduate Researcher, Leeds University Business School), on the topic of ‘A study of the PIP (Personal Independence Payment)’
  • Dr Mark Monaghan (Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, University of Birmingham) & Professor Jo Ingold (Professor of Human Resource Management and Public Policy, Leeds University Business School), on the topic of ‘Universal Credit’.

The presentations will be followed by a question and answer session.

Please feel free to bring your lunch with you to eat during the session. If you have any access requirements or any further questions about the session, please contact LSSI Communications Coordinator, Katie Barclay (K.barclay@leeds.ac.uk).

Register for this event here

May
16
Thu
LSSI ‘Engaging Policy’ Workshop @ University House, University of Leeds
May 16 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Leeds Social Science Institute (LSSI) aims to maximise research impact and support interdisciplinary social science research at Leeds. One of the focus areas associated with our new ESRC Impact Acceleration Account is Policy Engagement – our aim is to support the connection of high quality social science research taking place inside the University, with the individuals and groups who can utilise the research to create real-world impact.

This one-day workshop aims to bring together current researchers at Leeds (notably but not exclusively social scientists) with the wider policy community to focus on routes into engaging with policy.

Event Objectives –

  • To involve the local and national policy community in discussion around how to align research in order to best inform policy
  • To raise awareness amongst Leeds researchers about opportunities to influence policy
  • To build and support strategic relationships with policy makers and the wider policy community and strengthen mechanisms for using research to influence policy.

Event Programme

10.00 – 10.30, Registration, Tea & Coffee

10.30 – 11.15, Welcome

  • Professor Adam Crawford (Leeds Social Sciences Institute) & Professor Andy Gouldson (Faculty of Environment)
  • Presentation about LSSI IAA opportunities and funding for Knowledge Exchange and Policy Engagement

11.15 – 12.30, Case-Study Presentations

Case study presentations from Researchers at Leeds who have successful engaged with policy, including examples of Knowledge Exchange Fellowships (KEFs).

  • Professor Anthea Hucklesby (Faculty of Social Sciences), Professor Cristina Leston-Bandeira (School of Politics and International Studies), Dr Jo Ingold (Leeds University Business School) & Richard Bridge (Department for Work and Pensions).

12.30 – 13.15, Lunch

13.15 – 13.45, The role of the ‘Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology’

  • Dr Abbi Hobbs (Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology)

13.45 – 15.00, Department Workshops – focused around Areas of Reseach Interest

Facilitated workshop sessions designed to joining together policy makers and researchers in thinking practically around engaging with ‘Areas of Research Interest‘.

  • Rachel Dubourg (Ministry of Justice)
  • Jennifer Parfrement-Hopkins (Home Office)
  • Siobhan Campbell & Jo Bacon (Department for Transport)

15.00 – 15.15, Tea & Coffee break

15.15 – 16.15, Panel Session

Panel session focused on overcoming the challenges of getting research into policy and thinking about how the University of Leeds can better position itself to support researchers for success in engaging policy.

  • Structures and mechanisms
  • Skills
  • Communication

16.15 -16.30, Summing up & Next Steps

16.30 onwards – Informal networking drinks


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If you have any questions about this event, please contact LSSI Communications Coordinator, Katie Barclay (k.barclay@leeds.ac.uk).

Jun
12
Wed
‘Linking Leeds’ Seminar – 12 June 2019 @ Department for Work and Pensions, Quarry House
Jun 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

This seminar is part of the ‘Linking Leeds’ seminar series; developed in collaboration with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), in order to help foster richer connections between the academic and policy worlds.

The Linking Leeds seminar series provides opportunities to hear from both leading Social Scientists at the University of Leeds as well as prominent analysts, strategists and policy makers from the Department for Work and Pensions.

The following speakers will be giving presentations at this event:

The seminar will be followed by a question and answer session.

Please feel free to bring your lunch with you to eat during the session. If you have any access requirements or any further questions about the session, please contact LSSI Communications Coordinator, Katie Barclay (K.barclay@leeds.ac.uk).

Register for this event here.

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