Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations between the Social Sciences and STEM

Are you looking to build interdisciplinary research networks?

This is an interactive workshop on interdisciplinary research projects and opportunities which are at the intersection of the social sciences and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  The workshop is designed for early to mid career researchers who are looking to gain practical help and information on how to engage with interdisciplinary research across the disciplines.  The workshops have been structured to maximise the opportunity for dialogue and will also provide a forum for wide-ranging discussions on key research themes with key speakers.  It will also be an opportunity to share best practice with colleagues from a range of disciplines, and to identify potential collaboration opportunities.

This workshop builds on Leeds Social Sciences Institute’s strategic objective to foster interdisciplinary research involving the social sciences across the University and supporting the development of research partnerships between social scientists and research users (including policy communities, business and civil society organisations).

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  • 9:15 – Registration
  • 9:30 – Welcome and Introduction
  • 9:40 – The role of Social Sciences in Interdisciplinary Research – with presentations from Dr Paula Clarke (Education), Professor Richard Thorpe (LUBS), Dr James Roberts (LUBS)
  • 10:45 – Break
  • 11:10 – Funding Opportunities – Martin Hamilton (Research & Innovation Support)
  • 11:45 – Future opportunities – collaboration & building networks
  • 12:15 – Next Steps
  • 12:30: Lunch & Networking

For further information about the programme, please contact Sophia Kennedy on (0113) 34 38468:

Access and Inclusion

We want to make sure that everyone can access and enjoy our events so please let us know as soon as possible if you have any requirements such as a dietary need, a learning requirement, access to a hearing loop or wheelchair access etc.  More information on how we can help can be found at

Dr Paula Clarke

Lecturer in Childhood Studies and Inclusive Education

Paula joined the School of Education in September 2009. Prior to this she was a member of the Centre for Reading and Language (CRL) in the Department of Psychology at the University of York (

Research Interests

Over the past ten years she has contributed to variety of research projects. As a research assistant Paula worked on investigations into the incidence of Hyperlexia in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and an analysis of individual differences in RAN responses.

Following this shereceived BBSRC funding for a PhD, the focus of which was an exploration of memory strengths and weaknesses in individuals with ASD.

Paula regularly collaborate with Dr. Lisa Henderson (Department of Psychology, York) and together with Maggie Snowling (CRL), Sarah Watson (CRL) and Heidi Baseler (York NeuroImaging Centre) we have recently completed an EEG study

Since joining the School of Education at Leeds, Ruth Swanwick and Paula have set up a new project to investigate Deafness and Reading for Meaning (DReaM)

Professor Richard Thorpe

Pro-Dean for Research, Professor of Management Development

Richard has a range of research interests which include: performance, remuneration, small business and entrepreneurship, management learning and development, and leadership.

He has sought to develop these interests at all the institutions in which he has worked. His early industrial experience informed the way his ethos has developed. Common themes are: a strong commitment to process methodologies and a focus on action in all it’s forms; an interest in and commitment to the development of doctoral students and the development of capacity within the sector; a commitment to collaborative working on projects of mutual interest.

Dr James Roberts

ESRC Management and Business Development Fellow

Before undertaking my recent doctoral studies, I spent 12 years in strategic consulting, latterly with Oliver Wyman, working for media, entertainment and communication clients on a wide variety of strategy and innovation related projects.

James is part of the C-TIE (Centre for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship) research group in the Business School here in Leeds. For the last two years he has been part of a large scale interdisciplinary project linking the Business School with the Leeds IKC in regenerative therapies, a £10m initiative to improve the commercialisation of academic research in the area of regenerative therapies and devices. As such he has working closely with academics and administrators in a range of disciplines, including biology, chemistry, physics and engineering, as well as the management team of the IKC. He will provide some insights into the practical challenges of social scientists working with STEM academics.