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ReCSS Interdisciplinary Research Groups Funding Scheme 2018

 The Research Centre for Social Sciences again received a good response to the call for applications for the Interdisciplinary Research Groups Funding scheme.  The  successful applicants are  below:-

  •  The York Asian Research Network (YARN) - Professor Karen Mumford (Economics)

The York Asia Research Network YARN acts to nurture research collaboration, to enable more efficient identification of cross-departmental expertise, to recognize and advertise interdisciplinary excellence, and to build capacity for interdisciplinary large scale grants. Our major objectives are to:

  • build a strong research infrastructure for Asia related research at York, thereby facilitating the creation of new interdisciplinary partnerships and strengthening existing collaborations;
  • be an effective and visible external face for Asia research at York, thereby facilitating international research collaborations and linkages across HE and third party institutions;
  • support and facilitate collaborative research proposals by increasing information flows across the Network’s members, in coordination with the Research Office and the International Office at York.

YARN currently has 63 members from all the faculties in the University, we work across disciplines and across nations (developed and developing) and we all share a focus on Asia. Our research outputs and membership are organised by broad regional area, this facilitates the ease of locating researches across discipline and department; facilitating greater synergies and awareness of research funding opportunities.

  •  Security, Conflict and Peace Network (SCoPe) - Professor Nina Caspersen (Politics)

Last year we successfully applied for ReCSS funding to launch a University-wide conflict, peace and security network. This network  has now been established and includes more than 100 staff and PGR students from across all three faculties.

This year, we are hoping to further develop this network, scale up its activities, and apply for external funding. Security, conflict and peace is central to many GCRF calls, as reflected in the following challenge areas: “Reduce conflict and promote peace, justice and humanitarian action,” “Understand and effectively respond to forced displacement and multiple refugee crises.” This research focus is also closely aligned with the top strategic priorities of the UK aid strategy: “Strengthening global peace, security and governance” and “Strengthening resilience and response to crises.”  By exploring interdisciplinary collaborations in this field and developing our external profile, the University will be in a stronger position to apply for GCRF funding.

  •  Death and Culture Network (DaCNet) - Dr. Ruth Penfold-Mounce (Sociology)

Thanks to an award provided by the Research Centre for Social Sciences (ReCSS) in the 2017-18 academic year, the Death & Culture network has flourished. In its first year of operation DaCNet has begun to embed itself not only within the research culture of the University of York; but also within the wider fields of death- and death-related studies both nationally and internationally. The network has gained a solid core membership based in the University of York as well as a cohort of both national and internationally esteemed associate members.

Continuing with our upward trajectory, in the coming year we are planning a number of interdisciplinary events both academic and for the public. However, coupled with this we have two major public engagement projects aiming to bring wider prestige to death and culture studies at the University of York.

  •  Partisan Alignment and Intergovernmental Transfers in the UK  - Dr. Andrew Pickering (Economics)

The first aim of the project is to test whether partisan alignment between UK Local Authorities (UKLA) and Central Government affects the size of transfers from the central government to the UKLA. The political science literature proposes that alignment could benefit lower tier government either through unconditional or strategic favouritism. In the latter instance aligned local government would receive more funds when electoral competition is higher, whilst aligned ‘safe’ local authorities would not receive additional funds.


ReCSS Interdisciplinary PhD Award Scheme 2018

The Research Centre for Social Sciences also received a good response to the call from applications for the ReCSS Interdisciplinary PhD Award Scheme.  The successful applicants are below:-

  • The York Journal - Caroline Casey (Health Sciences)

The project involves setting up a web-hosted student-run journal for PhD students and academics in the Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities departments at the University of York.  There is a need for such a journal in developing and supporting academic outputs, providing a launchpad for those seeking to develop academic careers in the future.  This project provides a possibility for PhD students to gain experience of the peer review process and an outlet for short publications to share aspects of their research.  There are several department-specific student journals (The Ree in Education, Cultivate in CWS) which have been short-lived due to a lack of succession planning in the organisation and administration of the journal. They are also very subject-specific journals that do not allow for the combining of interests in different departments.  However, this project aims to involve PhD students and academic staff across departmental boundaries, sharing the workload and opportunities for peer review, publication and editorial committee membership and, therefore, increasing the longevity and impact of the journal.

  • Pragmatics, Ethics & Partnerships: Africanist Research & Training Day York - Margaret Gamberton (Politics)

Research in Africa brings with it a set of logistical, conceptual, ethical and methodological considerations which are best considered through interdisciplinary conversation. Universities in Yorkshire and across the White Rose Doctoral Training Program train Africanists in a wide range of locations and academic specialities. There is little formal provision for key training on complex topics such as risk assessment and ethical issues in fieldwork, and few opportunities to share expertise, learn what other Africanists are researching, and build research partnerships, all of which are key prerequisites for successful research, especially in Africa. At the University of York there is a growing community of researchers who identify as Africanist, recently formalised as the Africa Research Network. The vision for this network is to provide a platform for collaboration, research partnerships, and skills-sharing.

  • Sharing Experiences of Student Research in Inflammatory Bowel Disease - Sara Ma (Health Sciences)

This is for a half-day seminar at University of York where PhD students from the Health, Nursing and Medical Sciences present their research into Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).  I am however aware that there are some students in the health sciences, nursing and medical domains undertaking Undergraduate, Masters and PhD’s research projects in Inflammatory Bowel Disease and would like to try and bring those students together to share our project ideas, methods and experiences.

  • Social Research Association Annual Conference 2018 and Workshop: How to Voice Out your PhD research in Social Science - Gracia Paramintha (Politics)

We would like to propose two projects. First, we are attending and participating “The Social Research Association (SRA) 2019 : where next for social research?”. Second, we disseminate some insightful and useful workshops from SRA Conference to postgraduate research students at the University of York through a workshop. This workshop is titled “How to Voice Out your PhD research in Social Science”. The main reason we are going to participate SRA Conference 2019 is the innovative techniques that they provide on various social research workshops. Some of them are: What can Big Data do for social research? 

From those experienced workshops, we would like to share Big Data and Infographic related to our PhD research to the workshop at the University of York. This workshop will be useful for postgraduate research students (Master by Research, M.Phil/PhD) who would like to improve their public speaking, presentation, and interactive media skills.


ReCSS Interdisciplinary Research Groups Funding Scheme 2016-17

 The Research Centre for Social Sciences received a good response to the call for applications for the Interdisciplinary Research Groups Funding scheme.  The  successful applicants are  below:-

  •  The Establishment of the York Asian Research Network (YARN) - Professor Karen Mumford (Economics)

The University of York’s Asia Research Group (ARG) was established in 2012 by Tara Alberts, Oleg Benesch and Jon Howlett in History, and Claire Smith in Politics. The ARG’s membership has focused on Asia related research in the Arts and Social Sciences, in particular in the History, English, Politics and Sociology departments. Nevertheless, the ARG also demonstrated an underlying strength in promoting Asia related research across the University.

The intent is to substantially expand the activities of the ARG. We have recently begun extending its membership across the University, with the aim of becoming a truly interdisciplinary Network: the York Asia Research Network (YARN). The priorities of YARN will be to nurture research collaboration, to enable more efficient identification of cross-departmental expertise, to recognize and advertise interdisciplinary excellence, and to build capacity for interdisciplinary large scale grants.

  • Support for UoY CrimNet: York’s Research Network on Crime and Criminal Justice - Dr Gernot Klantschnig (Social Policy & Social Work)

UoY has extensive research expertise in crime and criminal justice spread across various departments in the Social Sciences and beyond, yet there is no forum for academics interested in crime to share their expertise and to collaborate across departments. There are crime-related networks and centres at most other universities with strengths in the Social Sciences (e.g. Leeds, Manchester and LSE). The lack of such a network at York is even more surprising, as the University runs teaching programmes in related subjects (e.g. Criminology) and there are various external funding opportunities directly related to the interdisciplinary study of crime and responses to it (e.g. RCUK Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research, N8 Policing Research Partnership etc). Our aim is to launch and sustain a research network on crime at York.

  • Working Group on Democracy and the Quality of Governance - Dr Andrew Pickering (Economics & Related Studies)

The aim is to establish and sustain a working group on Democracy and the Quality of Governance. The working group will bring together researchers from both the Politics and Economics Departments and the School of PPE. The ultimate objective is that the group will both enhance existing research as well as facilitate the development of new collaborative research.

  • Wellbeing at Work: integrating management, health, economic and social policy perspectives - Dr Tina Kowalski (The York Management School)

Wellbeing at work, and mental wellbeing in particular, have been growing topics of social concern for over a decade (DWP, 2005; CIPD, 2007; Black, 2008; NICE, 2009; BiTC, 2016), driven by costs of an estimated £70 billion in social security benefits, additional health support and lost tax revenue (OECD, 2014; see also Black, 2008; DWP, 2014). Mental ill health is now the leading cause of work-related illness and sickness absence in the UK (CIPD/Pfizer, 2015), with musculoskeletal problems also proving an enduring challenge (Labour Force Survey, 2013) and long-term and fluctuating conditions receiving increasing attention on workplace health agenda (e.g. Bramwell, 2013; Steadman et al., 2015).

We therefore propose to form an interdisciplinary research group involving faculty of the York Management School, the Social Policy Research Unit/SPSW, Health Sciences and the Centre for Health Economics, to provide a forum for developing a number of projects that reflect different advances, narratives and evidence gaps concerning the future of wellbeing in the workplace

  • Interdisciplinary Masculinities Network - Professor Victoria Robinson (Centre for Women’s Studies)

The development of new theoretical and empirical work on men and masculinity, including its connection to gender relations within the social sciences and across other disciplines such as arts and humanities, is evidenced by the rapidly increasing number of published works, research bids and doctoral students engaged in this area. The field encompasses research derived from feminism and other perspectives, and has been institutionalised under the term Masculinity Studies, as well as incorporating national and international individual scholars working on gender and masculinities across a number of areas, including sport, fathering, identities, representations, policy, politics and health and well-being. Indeed, though a ‘modest’ area of research, its global reach is growing and show no sign of abating (Robinson, 2015).

In the short term, the funding sought will seek to formalise and extend these initial connections between individuals in the Social Sciences.  In the medium term there would be the potential to create a Network in the field, which would create research synergies across departments in the Social Sciences, as well as with other faculties at the University of York and at other institutions- an ESRC or AHRC application are possibilities here. 

  • University of York Migration Network (MigNet) - Professor Maggie O’Neill (Sociology) and Dr Simon Parker (Politics)

The UoY Migration Network (MigNet) was set up in the autumn of 2016 based on a shared initiative instigated by Agata Lambrechts (PhD researcher, Education), Prof Maggie O’Neill, Dr Simon Parker and Ed Kirby.    In order to build the network and its profile, both internally and externally, we plan a series of events over the coming months to which will enhance the network’s partnerships internally with the UoY and externally with both academic and practitioner communities.


ReCSS Interdisciplinary PhD Award Scheme 2016-17

The Research Centre for Social Sciences also received a good response to the call from applications for the ReCSS Interdisciplinary PhD Award Scheme.  The successful applicants are below:-

  • After Prison: Can we leave imprisonment behind? - Carol Robinson (Sociology)

A half-day academic symposium focusing on the personal, political, and social implications of incarceration in the UK, with a specific focus on whether imprisonment can be left behind.

  • Nothing about us without us: Exploring the ethical & methodological issues in researching with, and working co-productively with people whose disability/illness mans they lack the capacity to consent - Gillian Loomes (Sociology)

Involvement in research is key to the representation of disabled people in society - and their lack of involvement, and consequent lack of ‘voice’ have been challenged extensively (e.g. Barnes, 1996; Nind and Searle, 2009; Nind, 2011).  This half-day seminar builds on themes emerging from the Special Issue of the York Policy Review, in providing participants with the opportunity to engage with key speakers with real-life ethical and methodological experience – including members of NHS and National Social Care Research Ethics Committees, and researchers who have conducted research with people whose disability or illness has meant they lacked the capacity to consent.

  • My food, my decision - Aparna Gummadi (Education)

A mini-conference concerning nutrition knowledge and the choices people make regarding diet and food.   The applicants’ research projects investigate how knowledge and information about food are conceptualized and operationalised within groups of different ages, genders and ethnicities in England.  The event will be an opportunity for scholars to share research currently being undertaken, in order to network and information share amongst the scholarly community on this topic, both within and beyond the social sciences and the core White Rose Consortium universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York

  • Migration and Education - Agata Lambrechts (Education)

The 2016 Migration and Education event will take place in ReCSS in February 2016. This interdisciplinary event is aimed at PGR students and staff from the University of York interested in issues relating to education of migrants in number of different contexts.