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ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

The London Interdisciplinary Social Science DTP is inviting applications for four ESRC-funded postdoctoral fellowships to be based at any of our partner institutions: King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London, or Imperial College London.

These fellowships are aimed at those in the immediately postdoctoral stage of their career, to provide the opportunity to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, their networks, and their research and professional skills. Fellowships will provide funding for up to one year full-time, or up to two years part-time to cover the fellow’s salary plus up to £10,000 of additional costs (e.g., travel, conference attendance, training, fieldwork, mentoring time, etc.).

All Fellows are required to have a mentor based at the research organisation where the fellowship is held. The mentor should have experience and a strong interest in the applicant’s field of research but should not normally be the applicant’s PhD supervisor. Proposals are welcome from both single disciplines and combinations of disciplines but the fellowship activities must be based at least 50% within the social sciences and must fall under one of LISS DTP’s Thematic Pathways: https://liss-dtp.ac.uk/thematic-pathways/.

The call is open to applicants who have completed their PhD at a research organisation that is part of an ESRC-funded DTP or CDT and are within 12 months of completing their PhD or have no more than 12 months of active postdoctoral experience by 1st October 2018. Applicants do not have to have had an ESRC-funded studentship in order to be eligible to apply.
For more information, please see:

liss-dtp.ac.uk/esrc-pdf/


Overseas Institutional Visits Applications Open

Applications for ESRC DTC funded students to apply for an Overseas Institutional Visit funding are open.

The OIV fund supports student visits to overseas universities or research organisations. It is intended to provide students with the opportunity to establish research networks, to disseminate early research findings, to participate in seminars and other academic activities that are directly relevant to their research, or to undertake specialist research training that is not available within the UK.

Overseas Institutional Visits (OIV) - Application Deadline: Friday 8th December 2017

For more information and to download the application form and guidance notes please visit the Members area of the website:

www.londonsocialscience.org.uk/main/members.php


Queen Mary International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology (SysMus17)

The tenth annual International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology (SysMus) took place on 13-15 September 2017 at Queen Mary University of London. The SysMus series has established itself with international, student-run conferences aimed at introducing graduate students to networking and discussing their work in an academic conference environment. The term ‘Systematic Musicology’, first coined by Guido Adler (1885), nowadays covers a wide range of systematic or empirical approaches to theoretical, psychological, neuroscientific, ethnographic and computational methodologies in music research.

Presentations for SysMus17 focussed on three central topics in relation to music: cognition and neurology, computation, and health and wellbeing. Each of these topics was the subject of workshops as well as keynotes by Prof Lauren Stewart, (Goldsmiths, University of London and Music in the Brain Centre, Aarhus University), Prof Elaine Chew and Dr Marcus Pearce (both Queen Mary UoL), Dr Daniel Müllensiefen (Goldsmiths, UoL), and Prof Aaron Williamon (Royal College of Music). Further presentations addressed issues relating to harmony and rhythm, musicians and performance, music and emotion, and sociology of music. This year’s conference brought together early-careers researchers from the fields of musicology, psychology, and medicine, allowing them to socialise, share their work, and gain insight into interdisciplinary approaches to their subjects.

SysMus17 was organised by students at Queen Mary’s Music Cognition Lab and was particularly marked by the series’ tenth anniversary, the live-streaming of all presentations via social media, and a carbon-offsetting Green Initiative.
Proceedings for SysMus17 will be available on demand from the conference website (www.sysmus17.qmul.ac.uk) and all video presentations will be made available for public access.

www.sysmus17.qmul.ac.uk


Language Variation in the Classroom two-day workshop- 24th & 25th October 2017

Have you ever wondered why some students speak differently to others? Are you interested in spoken language and how it varies between speakers? Do you wonder how to integrate the voices of students from different backgrounds into curricula? Then this event is for you!

The Linguistics department at Queen Mary University of London is excited to invite you to Language Variation in the Classroom (LViTC), a two-day, ESRC-funded conference exploring language variation in educational contexts.

This event will be a workshop-style conference aimed at bringing together researchers, practitioners, and students in order to discuss and share ideas about language variation, i.e. accents and dialects, in the classroom. No knowledge of linguistics will be assumed beforehand. The conference is aimed at a mixed audience so will incorporate theory and practice from a wide range of researchers and practitioners.

Confirmed speakers include:
Professor Jenny Cheshire
Professor Urszula Clark
Dr Julia Snell
Dr Fiona English
Mr Ian Cushing
Mr Stewart McNicol
Representatives from AQA, Dr Ruth Johnson and Mr Ben Smith

We invite all students (secondary, undergraduate, postgraduate), researchers (academics and those in policy) and teachers to apply. Please note, although hosted by the Linguistics Department, we wish for this event to be as interdisciplinary as possible.

If you have any questions, please email event organisers Shivonne Gates (s.m.gates@qmul.ac.uk) and Christian Ilbury (c.l.ilbury@qmul.ac.uk)

For more information, please see the event website:

lvitc.wordpress.com/


NCRM Autumn School 2017 – New Data Horizons

The ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) will be holding its 12th residential autumn school in Southampton, 22 – 24 November 2017.

The topic of this year’s autumn school is New Data Horizons and will explore innovations and changes in the data landscape. The autumn school will feature sessions on innovations in surveys, including online survey data collection, data linkage and use of (linked) administrative and census data, social media data and big data, and biosocial data.
The Autumn School places are fully-funded. Applications from PhD students and early career researchers welcome.

Deadline for application is Friday 6th October 2017.

www.ncrm.ac.uk/TandE/autumn.php


Overseas Institutional Visit to North Carolina State University - Report by Nathan Young

This summer I traveled to North Carolina State University to mentor with Dr. Erik Thomas, an expert on sociophonetic variation in speech prosody. North Carolina State University is one of the best institutions in the world for dialect research, so being on-site around faculty like Dr. Thomas as well as Walt Wolfram, Robin Dodsworth, and Jeff Mielke presented a unique opportunity for networking. The office they provided me was centrally located, and I was able to speak to all of them about their work and my dissertation project.

Over the five-week period I was there, I consulted with Dr Thomas while building a series of processing templates for extracting the following three prosodic features: speech rhythm, intonational declination, and energy-frequency-integral. My dissertation work is nearing the end of its second year, and I am investigating the phonetic features of new sociolects in Stockholm, Sweden, including working-class multiethnolect and elite styles in media and finance. I reached an important milestone in my analysis on this overseas institutional visit. I applied the templates I built to eight speakers of Stockholm Swedish from my 40-speaker corpus, and I am seeing trends that show that Swedish multiethnolect may be different in all three of these prosodic domains. It will be exciting to see in my third year how things unfold as I continue to add more speakers to the analysis!


Overseas Institutional Visit to the University of Stockholm - Report by Sarah Howard

I have recently spent three months in the Anthropology Department at the University of Stockholm with the generous help of the ESRC's overseas institutional visit scheme. The visit was a great experience, and enabled me to make a lot of progress with my own work in a supportive, stimulating and well-resourced environment. I made many contacts with whom I intend to keep in touch and hope to collaborate in the future, and I particularly benefitted from the longterm engagement with Ethiopia of several emeritus Swedish scholars in the department, who provided a valuable historical perspective that is not available in my own department. I was able to participate in regular guest seminars, workshops and other events, including presenting a paper at the Swedish Anthropological Society national conference. A side benefit was that my two year old son was able to attend a Swedish nursery, which was a fantastic experience for him.

I would highly recommend any eligible student to apply for an OIV: it is a great opportunity to experience academic life in another context; to build relationships with scholars in the same field, including PhD-level peers; and to access resources not available in the student's home institution.


Joint ESRC and Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology Fellowship

Caroline Spence (DTC Student) from the Department of Experimental Psychology at Queen Mary University of London was awarded a three-month ESRC internship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology from February to May 2017 as part of the RCUK internship scheme.

“As part of the fellowship, I was seconded to the House of Lords Committee Office to take the lead in running a short inquiry by the EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee into the consequences of Brexit for farm animal welfare. The inquiry arose from issues identified during the course of the Committees related inquiry into Brexit: Agriculture, which found that farm animal welfare standards are likely to come under pressure following our withdrawal from the EU. As part of the fellowship, I got to be involved in a range of inquiry tasks, including producing research proposals and briefing documents for Members of Sub-Committee D, attending Committee meetings in the House of Lords, scoping and arranging attendance of inquiry witnesses and helping to draft the final inquiry report.”

The report from this inquiry 'Brexit: farm animal welfare' - has now been published. Please see:

www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/eu-energy-environment-subcommittee/news-parliament-2017/brexit-farm-animal-report-published/


Overseas Institutional Visit at the University of Maryland - Report by Luke McGuire

Thanks to the generous support of the ESRC's OIV program, I recently spent a month working at the Social and Moral Development Lab at the University of Maryland, just outside of Washington DC. This was a fantastic opportunity that allowed me to work on reevaluating data from my PhD, developing new ideas and attending international conferences.

During the visit I cemented existing collaborations with members of the lab by working on papers to disseminate findings, as well as developing ideas for new collaborative studies. The opportunity to work on these collaborative projects face to face with people I am used to skyping with was a massively helpful experience.

I was also able to attend the biennial SRCD conference in Austin, Texas, during my stay. Co-chairing a symposium at the conference with my supervisor, and members of the Maryland lab presenting as part of it, was a brilliant way to end the OIV.

I would strongly recommend applying to conduct your own OIV if you are interested in gaining new perspective on your own work, and learning more about the processes of academia elsewhere in the world.

Luke McGuire


2017 NCRM Courses and Events

Research Methods Training & Events


Spatial Interaction Modelling, 19 – 20 October 2017, Manchester

Creative Approaches to Qualitative Researching, 13 – 14 November 2017, Manchester

Introduction to Latent Class Analysis, 16 – 17 November 2017, Southampton

Advances in Diary Method for Qualitative Researchers, 1 December 2017, Cardiff

Web Survey Paradata, 7 December 2017, Cardiff

Designing and Implementing Mobile Web Surveys, 8 December 2017, Cardiff


To find out more about our training courses and events and to register please visit:

www.ncrm.ac.uk/training


Overseas Institutional Visit at the University of British Columbia - Report by Amy Horton

Thanks to support from the ESRC’s Overseas Institutional Visit scheme, I was able to spend two months as a Visiting International Research Student in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. This was a very valuable opportunity, offering several ways to build relationships with other scholars, to develop my doctoral research, and to deepen my knowledge of the subject.

During the visit, I took part in graduate seminars on the History of Geography, taught by Professor Trevor Barnes. Through the readings and discussions, I gained a much better understanding of the history of the discipline. All of this will inform my future research and teaching, as will the reading groups that I attended. Across the university, there was a series of stimulating events addressing broader questions connected to my research. For instance, I took part in a roundtable discussion with the former US Labor Secretary, Robert Reich, about the Trump administration, work and politics in the US.

Less structured but equally valuable was the opportunity to get to know other graduate students and faculty informally. We will remain in contact about our research and future opportunities, and be part of a supportive community.

If ways of getting involved in the host department can be identified, an Overseas Institutional Visit can be a very useful way of improving your knowledge, building relationships and experiencing a different academic culture.

Amy Horton


ESRC Media training

Did you know that the ESRC offer free media training to ESRC-funded academics who are working on news-worthy research projects?

The course will be taking place in different locations throughout the year. The forthcoming course dates are:

• 5 October 2017 - London
• 16 November 2017 - London

The one-day training session is an opportunity for researchers, no matter what stage of their career, to develop their skills and feel comfortable handling media interviews. Whether a PhD student, postdoctoral researcher or senior fellow, the new practical media training session provides the guidance needed to engage the media with confidence – and plenty of opportunity to practice. In small group settings run by journalists, the sessions are full of simulations providing each delegate with expert advice, allowing them to develop their interview technique, explain the findings of their research, and pitch their story. The course is tailor-made for academics with interesting research projects, worth shouting about – no matter the amount of experience you have with interacting with the media.

For further information see the Media training booking form and the Media training terms and conditions. For anything else please contact esrcmediatraining@esrc.ac.uk

www.esrc.ac.uk/skills-and-careers/media-training/


DTC Student Shortlisted in ESRC Writing Competition

Congratulations to LSS DTC student, Vanessa Hughes, from the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths, on being shortlisted for the ESRC writing competition 'Making Sense of Society'. Vanessa’s shortlisted essay, ‘What future while living in uncertainty?’ explores how for some in our society uncertainty has been a familiar companion for some time.

From nearly 300 entries, 12 students were shortlisted as finalists. The shortlisted writers impressed the judges by communicating their research in an engaging, original, powerful and thought-provoking way. All shortlisted entrants will receive a SAGE master class on 'how to get published' and their articles will be published in print and online.

You can read the shortlisted entries here:

www.esrc.ac.uk/news-events-and-publications/news/news-items/cross-legged-and-talking-tongues-the-winners-of-making-sense-of-society-announced/


UK Data Service free webinars 2017

The UK Data Service has released its 2017 programme of regular introductory webinars, which will be held throughout the year. These will introduce different aspects of the Service and explain our key datasets.

The webinars are repeated throughout the year so you can choose a webinar session which is convenient for you. They are free and simple to join, without the expense and trouble of travelling further than your own computer.

The webinars run from 15.00—16.00 and they are free to attend.

They also provide a wide programme of training and events, including specialist and one-off webinars. To find out more and see the full selection of introductory webinars taking place throughout the year, take a look at the UK Data Service webinar programme.

You can book, find out more information about any of their training events, via their events pages:

www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/news-and-events/events


Sharing real-world data with students

Want to use real-world data in teaching? Our extensive collection of social, economic and population data provides an essential resource for teaching.

Open data
For getting students hands-on with data, our growing collection of open data is the most accessible. These data can be downloaded from the website without registration and with no restrictions on how to share them with students.
The open access collection includes most UK Census data and data from the World Bank, IMF and OECD. We also have open teaching datasets based on major UK surveys, including the Quarterly Labour Force Survey, January - March, 2015, Opinions and Lifestyle Survey, Well-Being Module, April-May 2015 and the Crime Survey for England and Wales, 2013-2014.

Access Agreement for Teaching enables teachers to use data under the End User Licence
Some of our data are only available to registered users and the End User Licence restricts the sharing of data.
Students may register with the UK Data Service (using their institutional log-in) and access data under the End User License individually. This process may help students appreciate the ethical responsibilities that come with using data from real people.
Teachers can also decide to use the Access Agreement for Teaching to share data collections available under the End User Licence with students. Instead of getting all students to register with the UK Data Service, teachers can register, access the data for use in teaching and take responsibility for registering student use of data. More information can be found here.

Data Access through Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs)
We recognise it may be difficult to gather signatures of the Access Agreement for Teaching, especially if there is a large number of students in a class. In response to such challenge, the UK Data Service has been exploring how Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) - such as Blackboard and Moodle - can help with data management.
We have created a Data Access ‘test’ that can be imported to a course Blackboard site. The test includes the conditions of access as a question where students either ‘agree’ or ‘disagree’. Students who agree can then access the data. More information about the Data Access test for Blackboard is available here.
In addition to this test, we support teachers to set up their own Data Access test for a VLE. Instructions for setting up a Data Access quiz, including the necessary wording, can be found here. Linking data access to the conditions of use using VLEs enables teachers to reduce the administrative challenge but also to reinforce learning about research ethics and data management.

We welcome any queries and suggestions about data access as well as offers to collaborate in developing other VLE tools, please get in touch: https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/help/get-in-touch

For more information, click here:

www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/use-data/teaching


Research, Impact and the UK Parliament Training Events

We offer regional training events for academic researchers called "Research, Impact and the UK Parliament". These events explore how to use research to engage with Parliament and take place monthly across the UK. They are open to any researcher at any stage of their career.

What does the training cover?

The training events give an overview of Parliament and then cover ways to work with the institution, including details on Select Committees, legislative scrutiny, the House of Commons and House of Lords libraries and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). Training is interactive with plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions. A networking lunch is included.

As a result of the training you will:
- Understand Parliament’s role and processes
- Learn how research is used in the UK Parliament
- Be able to identify opportunities to feed your research into Parliament’s work
- Learn tips and advice on communicating your research at Parliament

Using Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology research into the 2014 REF case studies, the events will also discuss how academics are having impact in Parliament and give practical advice and information about how to get involved.

Where and when does the training take place?

Events take place monthly at venues around the UK. Our event schedule is listed below:

- February 2018: North West England
- March 2018: South West England
- April 2018: Scotland
- May 2018: West Midlands
- June 2018: Yorkshire and the Humber

You can register your interest for academic training events in your region or nation, and we will alert you to new dates as they are announced.

There is an attendance fee of £40, including VAT. If this fee is a barrier to your attendance, please contact us; we may make exceptions in some circumstances.
Any queries should be addressed to the Houses of Parliament Universities Programme at universities@parliament.uk or on 0207 219 8711.

Find out more here:

www.parliament.uk/get-involved/education-programmes/universities-programme/academic-research/


New ESRC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs)

Queen Mary and Goldsmiths have both been successful in their bids for two new Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs). The DTPs are the new ESRC structures for providing doctoral studentships and training and they will replace the current Doctoral Training Centres.

Queen Mary will be participating in the London Interdisciplinary Social Science DTP with King’s College London and Imperial College London while Goldsmiths will be a part of the South East Network for Social Sciences led by the University of Essex and including seven other universities in the south-east of the country. More detailed information on the 2017 studentship application process will be added soon.

Students who have started their doctorate under the current London Social Science DTC structure will continue to be funded and supported in exactly the same way throughout the duration of their PhD.

Information for prospective applicants for social science doctoral funding via the DTPs for registration in 2017 can be found on the ESRC website:

www.esrc.ac.uk/news-events-and-publications/news/news-items/new-doctoral-training-network-widens-access-for-postgraduates-to-esrc-funding/


'Wiki edit-a-thon': Workshop with Gretchen McCulloch

On Monday 23rd May, the Linguistics department at Queen Mary University of London welcomed linguist and public-outreach expert, Gretchen McCulloch to deliver a workshop on public outreach through Wikipedia.

Specifically, the purpose of the workshop was to help improve social science articles on Wikipedia and to learn more about how linguists can engage with the wider public.
11 participants attended from Queen Mary, SOAS and UCL, editing 72 articles in 5 different languages. Small edits were made to 63 articles, including updating citations and adding links, such as improving the information in the Endangered Languages Archive. Substantive edits were made for 9 articles. In addition, participants used the MediaWiki Content Translation tool to translate articles into Turkish, Arabic, Persian, and Chinese.

Through an attendee at the event, we are now collaboratively working with SOAS to organise Wiki edit-a-thons across the two institutions and hope to work with others in the near future.

Some of the edited Wikipedia pages can be found below:
Multicultural London English
Audience design
Linguistic marketplace
(Sociolinguistics on the Chinese Wikipedia)
Devyani Sharma
Jenny Cheshire

allthingslinguistic.com/post/145414389577/lingwiki-editathon-at-qmul


Overseas Institutional Visit to the Ohio State University - Report by Hui Zhao

For my Overseas Institutional Visit, I spent eight weeks in the Linguistics Department at The Ohio State University in the US. There were two main purposes for this visit: to access trainings not available at Queen Mary and to develop my professional network in America.

My PhD project is funded by an ESRC Advanced Quantitative Methods studentship and I use quantitative methods to examine the social meaning of Beijing Mandarin. Since my work focuses on experimental/quantitative methods and the linguistic anthropology/sociology of China which are very well-studied in the US but not so in the UK, going to OSU has enabled me to audit classes in quantitative and experimental methods in sociolinguistics as well as Chinese linguistics. I also had many valuable discussions with linguists and scholars specialising in China Studies to further my understanding of both the linguistic and social theories relevant to my research.

When I was in the US, I went to the Annual meeting of the Linguistics Society of America in Washington, DC and presented at Sociolinguistic Variation and Language Processing in Blacksburg, VA. At OSU, I attended the Institute for Chinese Studies Graduate Forum and gave a talk at the Institute for Chinese Studies. These experiences are very beneficial to my project, especially since I am at the final stage of my PhD and the comments and suggestions are extremely helpful.

During my visit at OSU, I got to know colleagues in the department, including well-established scholars and current PhD students who work on very interesting and relevant projects. Additionally, I met many linguists who are based outside of Europe at the conferences I went to. The visit has been an excellent opportunity to build my professional network and find future research collaborators.

I would definitely recommend the OIV scheme to my fellow PhD students since it is a great opportunity to develop research ideas, get feedback from another research community and establish academic networks. I have no doubt that this experience will benefit PhD students in the long run.

Hui Zhao


Big Data with Hadoop

Big Data with Hadoop
Big data represent a significant resource for society and provide a powerful discovery tool for researchers, enabling them to gain valuable insight. However, to be able to process, interpret and analyse these data researchers benefit from learning how to use big data platforms such as Hadoop. Hadoop is an open-source software framework which facilitates the storing and processing of huge amounts of structured and unstructured data. It is widely used to process and analyse big datasets, especially from sources such as social media and the Internet of Things (IoT), where the volume and variety of data are constantly increasing.

The UK Data Service supports researchers in making the most of big data and has produced three user guides to learn how to explore and analyse large datasets using Hadoop:

1. Obtaining and installing the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) Sandbox
To explore and learn how to use Hadoop on your local machine, you can use the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) Sandbox which is open source and can be downloaded from the Hortonworks website.
This guide explains how to obtain the Hortonworks Sandbox and how to install it on your PC step-by-step. You can find the guide here: https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/media/604331/installing-the-sandbox.pdf
2. Loading data into Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS)
Having installed the HDP Sandbox, the next step is to upload the data into the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS). The datasets used in this guide are the Energy Demand Research Project: Early Smart Meter Trials, 2007 - 2010, a set of trials on smart meter data available for download from the UK Data Service. You can find the guide here: https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/media/604330/loading-data-into-hdfs.pdf
3. HiveQL example queries
Once you have loaded data into HDFS, you are ready to start analysing large datasets. This short workbook contains some HiveQL example queries you can run using data from the Energy Demand Research Project: Early Smart Meter Trials, 2007 - 2010. The queries are also the ones used in the ‘What is Hive?’ webinar and they will allow you re-create the tables and much of the analysis demonstrated in the webinar. You can find the guide here: https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/media/604332/hiveql-queries.pdf

Once you've followed this guidance you will be able to perform some basic data analysis using Hive and you can start further exploring data processing and analysis within Hadoop.

For more information on Hadoop, see our webinar: 'What is Hadoop?'

www.youtube.com/watch?v=pH5AJS0nttw


Intra DTC Socio-legal masterclass

In early May, socio-legal students from ESRC Doctoral Training Centres around the country participated in a masterclass at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park. The event was organised jointly by the LSS and the LSE DTC. Over two days 16 students and six senior academics discussed key theoretical questions in socio-legal research as well as some of the nuts and bolts issues which confront researchers embarking on empirical projects.

This first masterclass was intended as a pilot to see whether there was an appetite for an intra-DTC event of this kind. The enthusiasm amongst the students for running another masterclass next year was such that we are already planning a similar event to be held in Wales in 2017.

The feedback we received indicated that the masterclass was not only valuable for the socio-legal community in nurturing and supporting the next generation of socio-legal researchers, but also offers a potentially valuable model for other sub-disciplines as a way of gathering together cohorts of students across DTCs/DTPs, particularly those who may have relatively few peers working in the same area in their institution. As one student put it to us: ‘I feel as though I’ve found my tribe!’


Hegemony and Socialist Strategy Today: Master Class Report

On 19 March 2016, we held a Master Class with Prof Chantal Mouffe among others. The Master Class was a joint event between the Goldsmiths/Queen Mary London Social Sciences Doctoral Centre and the TheoryLab in the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary. The topic of the Master Class was the book Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Towards a Radical Democratic Politics by Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe. The book was first published in 1985 and has had a wide ranging and lasting influence in the social sciences and humanities; among other things, the so-called ‘Essex School’ discourse theory is based on the theory of hegemony and discourse developed in the book. We were joined by Prof Chantal Mouffe from the University of Westminster for a discussion of the relevance of the book and of the theory of hegemony today.

The speakers and participants discussed in detail the theory of hegemony, the method of discourse theory and how to apply it, and Laclau’s and Mouffe’s works on populism. Dr Iñigo Errejón from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the current number two in Podemos contributed, and so much of the discussion turned around the way in which Podemos have been influenced by the theory of hegemony – as well as how one might use the theory of hegemony to analyse the indignados, Podemos and the situation in Spain. We were also joined by Prof Oliver Marchart from the University of Vienna, Dr Luciana Cadahia from FLACSO in Quito, and Dr Javier Franzé from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, who contributed to the discussion of the ontological foundations of the theory of hegemony and of how to analyse populism in Latin America and Spain through the lens of the theory of hegemony.

You can find photos from the event here:

anaparramateo.com/2016/03/20/hegemony-and-socialist-strategy-today-master-class-inigoerrejon-chantalmouffe-19march2016-london/


ESRC Internship at the Department for Communities and Local Government: Jenny McCurry

Jenny McCurry, 3rd year PhD student in the School of Geography at Queen Mary, has been awarded a three month ESRC internship with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) from January to March 2016 as part of the RCUK internship scheme. Jenny will be working within a team which designs and delivers research to inform policy-making on integration and community cohesion.

Jenny says: "The internship provides an excellent opportunity to develop my research and team-working skills, deepen my understanding of the impact that research can have on policy and discover new ways of communicating research findings to a variety of audiences. It will also allow me to gain a greater insight into the career opportunities available to me upon completing my PhD."


How can psychology improve policing?

A Goldsmiths, University of London PhD student’s essay on the role psychology can play in maximising efficiency in policing is now available to read, after being selected by the ESRC as one of the best entries to their annual writing showcase.

“In times of financial austerity, what role can psychology play in maximising police efficiency?” asked - and answered - Department of Psychology PhD candidate Rebecca Wheeler in an essay that made the top 10 in the ESRC’s ‘The World in 2065’ competition out of more than 70 essays submitted.
Held in partnership with SAGE, this year’s competition took a creative looked at what impact current research will have in 2065, inviting submissions that addressed the question of “what will the social sciences of the future look like?”.

2015 marks the 50th anniversary year for both the ESRC and SAGE. Since being founded in 1965, they have both been instrumental in supporting and developing academic research and social sciences.

You can download Rebecca’s essay in a PDF booklet alongside nine other shortlisted entries from the ESRC website

www.esrc.ac.uk/files/about-us/the-world-in-2065-shortlist/


The ESRC's New Framework for Research Ethics

Our framework for research ethics helps you to consider ethics issues during the complete lifecycle of a project and includes information and guidelines on good research conduct and governance.

This ESRC framework for research ethics sets out good practice for social science research, detailing our principles and expectations from researchers, research organisations (ROs) and research ethics committees (RECs).

See:

www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/guidance-for-applicants/research-ethics/


ESRC Internship at The College of Policing: Rebecca Wheeler

Rebecca Wheeler from the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths has been awarded a three month ESRC internship at The College of Policing from January to March 2016 as part of the RCUK internship scheme.

Rebecca will be involved in developing a methodology with Essex Police that could be widened to other forces in time, with the aim of understanding the nature and scale of demand on the police from crimes that are cyber facilitated, enabled or dependent. The ultimate aim of the project (after the duration of the internship) is to develop and trial interventions to reduce this type of crime, and the burden it is for the police.


UK DATA SERVICE: Student Forum

The UK Data Service has launched a new Student Forum which will be of interest to students studying or using quantitative methods and survey data in their research or degree programmes. The ‘UK Data Service Student Forum’ is a discussion forum on how to source and use data from the UK Data Service. The forum also provides peer-to-peer support for students using data in their research. We welcome all students; UG, PGT and PGR to join the forum and share examples and advice on quantitative related issues.

Joining the UK Data Service Student Forum is easy! Anyone with a Facebook account can join the group. The following link will bring you directly to the group: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/1500417873616742/?fref=ts
Or you can search for ‘UK Data Service Student forum’ in the search bar on the top left of your Facebook page. The forum is moderated by Dr Kathryn Simpson, a Research Associate at the UK Data Service.

The UK Data Service has also developed a new ‘Using Survey Data Guide’. The Using survey data guide and its suite of related web pages aim to cover the key stages of research and include sections on developing research questions and designs, finding and accessing relevant survey data, data analysis and reporting results. It also includes materials for further reading, as well as worksheets - some of which examine topics using an example research project, looking at what determines fear of crime using data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales 2013-2014 and SPSS.

The Using Survey Data Guide can be found here:
http://ukdataservice.ac.uk/media/455510/using-survey-data.pdf

Please also see our new and improved Student Resources pages which hold a wealth of information on UK surveys, census data, international data and qualitative data.
The Student Resources page can be found here:

www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/use-data/student-resources/data-types


DTC Students' Finalists in ESRC Writing Competition

Congratulations to Rebecca Wheeler from the Psychology Department at Goldsmiths and Sam Miles from the Geography Department at Queen Mary who were included amongst 10 shortlisted finalists in The World in 2065 – ESRC writing competition. They were selected from amongst 77 entries and were invited to the awards ceremony at the House of Commons.

You can read the shortlisted entries here:

www.esrc.ac.uk/files/about-us/the-world-in-2065-shortlist/


ESS7 Second data release scheduled for 26th of May 2016

We are pleased to announce that the second edition of data and documentation for ESS Round 7 is scheduled for release on Thursday 26 May 2016. In this second edition, data and documentation for an additional 5 countries are included: Israel, Lithuania, Portugal, Spain and United Kingdom.

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland were included already in the first release back in October 2015, while the Hungarian data file was released earlier this year, in March. Hence, following the second data release, the integrated ESS7 file will include data for 21 countries.

The ESS7 data are available for registered users on the ESS7 - 2014 Data Download pages: http://www.europeansocialsurvey.org/data/download.html?r=7

Round 7 included rotating modules on "Attitudes towards immigration and their antecedents" and "Social inequalities in health and their determinants".


Bibliography reminder:
Users of ESS data are required to register bibliographic citations of all forms of publications referring to ESS data in the ESS on-line bibliography database at http://www.europeansocialsurvey.org/bibliography/

If you wish to terminate your ESS user account, please go to http://www.europeansocialsurvey.org/user/ and delete your account.

With best wishes
The ESS Data team at Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD)

www.europeansocialsurvey.org