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DTC Matters Issue No12. October 2015

October 30, 2015


Welcome to the twelfth edition of the White Rose Social Sciences DTC newsletter; “DTC Matters”.

The White Rose Doctoral TrainView Posting Centre was launched in November 2011. Read more

This newsletter is issued quarterly and includes NEWS AND EVENTS, TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES, PATHWAY NEWS, ESRC NEWS and FEEDBACK ON FEEDBACK. If you would like to submit an article for a future edition of DTC Matters or provide feedback on any of the featured articles, go to ‘News’ and click ‘Suggest A Story’ button


WRDTC Welcome Event 2015

The White Rose DTC Welcome Event 2015 took place on 23 October at Sheffield United Football Club, Bramall Lane, Sheffield. About 250 PhD researchers from the three White Rose universities attended on the day. The programme included presentations from current PhD researchers on their experiences, afternoon Pathway meetings, and a poster exhibition displaying the work of 21 current PhD researchers. The poster competition was won by Audrey Dugué-Nevers with a poster on China & Soft Power、中国与软实力: altering a nation’s image to attenuate the impacts of economic power. Lena Kruckenberg, winner of the WRDTC Best Paper Competition 2015 also received her prize on the day.


A full report on the Welcome Event will appear on the next edition of DTC Matters, and on the WRDTC website. 

British Medical Association Award for Professor Celia Kitzinger

Prof. Celia KitzingerProfessor Celia Kitzinger (University of York, Director of the White Rose DTC Advanced Qualitative Methods Group), has been awarded a prize for “Information on Ethical Issues” at the British Medical Association Awards for an online Patient Information resource. Read more.

New Director and co-Directors of the Leeds Social Sciences Institute appointed

Professor Adam CrawfordProf. Adam Crawford (School of Law, University of Leeds and WRDTC AQC member), has been appointed Director of the Leeds Social Sciences Institute. Deputy Directors are Prof. Paul Routledge (School of Geography) and Prof. Jenny Tomlinson (Leeds University Business School). The LSSI coordinates research in the social sciences across six faculties at the University of Leeds, and supports interdisciplinary research, impact and knowledge exchange.

New Director of the Research Centre for the Social Sciences in York

Professor Matthew FestensteinProf. Matthew Festenstein (Department of Politics, University of York) has joined the Research Centre for the Social Sciences (ReCSS) at the University of York, as its new Director. ReCSS is the principal space for social sciences research training at the University of York, and is also the home of the White Rose DTC at York.

Best Paper prize for WRDTC PhD Researcher at British Association for Applied Linguistics conference

khawla-badwanCongratulations to Khawla Badwan (Education Pathway, University of Leeds), who has been awarded the Richard Pemberton prize for the best postgraduate paper presented at the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) annual conference, held at Aston University from 3 to 5 September 2015. The title of Khawla’s paper was “More theories, less certain-ty: (Un)thinking the sociolinguistics of mobility in light of Arab academic sojourners’ trajectories in the UK”.

WRDTC PhD researcher activities in the Community of Restorative Researchers

Ian Marderian-marder-phd-student, PhD researcher in the School of Law at the University of Leeds (Socio-legal Studies Pathway) and founder of the Community of Restorative Researchers, has published an article on the website of a USA-based Restorative Practices Network. In this article, Ian discusses the need of an organization representing volunteers involved in restorative practices in the UK. You can also see an interview with Ian during the inaugural conference of the Community of Restorative Researchers at the University of Leeds in July 2015 (read more about the conference here).

WOMID – Women Mentoring in International Development

womidAn initiative set up by WRDTC PhD researchers Beth Harrison (International Development Pathway, University of Leeds) and Alex Dorgan (International Development Pathway, University of Sheffield) will be launched in November 2015. WOMID – Women Mentoring in International Development is a global mentoring initiative for women working in international development, facilitating mentorship between early career academics and practitioners. Read all about it and find out how to get involved here. 


As part of the WRDTC Advanced Training Series 2015, a two-day workshop on Interdisciplinary Visual Research Methods took place at the University of Sheffield on 1 and 2 September 2015. Findings of both Day One and Day Two have been shared online.

trainingA workshop on Comics as Visual Research Methods will be held at the University of Sheffield on 5 November 2015 (as part of the WR DTC Advanced Training Series 2016).

A presentation by Joanne Larson, one of the leaders in the field of co-production, will take place on 12 November at the University of Sheffield. All WRDTC PhD researchers are invited to attend, and can find booking details on the event page on the WRDTC website: Dismantling the Tower: Collaborative Knowledge Production in Communities and Schools

Further sessions in the WRDTC Advanced Training Series 2016 are now being confirmed and a list can be found on the Training page of the WRDTC website, as well as booking forms for the upcoming workshops. These include topics such as impact, co-construction of knowledge, elite interviewing, open access, big data, and conversation analysis.

Report: Overseas Institutional Visit at the Alberta Brain and Cognitive Development lab at the University of Alberta

Emma Blakey (Psychology Pathway, University of Sheffield) was awarded ESRC funding for an Overseas Institutional Visit (OIV) at the Alberta Brain and Cognitive Development lab at the University of Alberta. Emma described her visit as ‘a fantastic opportunity to enhance my research by learning a complementary neuroscience technique to investigate executive function development and create my first international collaboration’.

uoaEmma received great feedback from Dr Sandra Wiebe, with whom she worked during her visit. Dr Wiebe’s comments refer to the ‘valuable contribution’ Emma made to the lab and the department, through her collaboration in a study, her supervision of research assistants, and presentations of her research at several departmental and regional events.

Emma is continuing to work on a project with Dr Wiebe, which will result in a publication.

If you missed Emma’s talk at the WRDTC Welcome Event you can read Emma’s full report on the activities she undertook during her OIV here.

ESRC-funded PhD researchers can apply for the OIV scheme to the WRDTC. The next deadline is 11 December 2015. See further information on the WRDTC website. 

Self-funded and other PGRs can look for other sources of funding such as learners’ societies in their discipline, research subject-specific schemes, and research mobility programmes offered by other organisations and networks, including the Worldwide Universities Network, of which the White Rose universities are members. 

Report: Research Training Support Grant Top-Up Scheme

b1ESRC-funded PhD Researcher Carol Dixon (University of Sheffield, Human Geography Pathway) has successfully applied for a Research Training Support Grant Top-Up, which she has used to present at two international conferences, following up from events she had previously attended. Carol thus presented her papers firstly as part of a panel titled “Representing Place and Race” during  Black Portraiture(s) ll: Imaging the Black Body and Re-staging Histories (Florence, Italy, 29-31 May 2015); and, secondly, during a panel on “Memory and Museums” at AfroEuropeans V: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe (University of Münster, Germany, 16-19 September 2015). 

Thanks to her participation in these events, Carol has been able to share her findings and raise awareness about her doctoral research beyond the UK, and has had an opportunity to start establishing herself into academic networks relevant to her research interests.

Read Carol’s full report here

ESRC-funded PhD researchers can find guidance about the RTSG Top-Up Scheme here. 

Self-funded and other PGRs can look for funding from learners’ societies in their disciplines, and from their Schools/departments if available.

WRDTC Student-led Interdisciplinary Networks 

White Rose DTC Research Network for Interdisciplinary Approaches to Politics

CIAP2015: Cooperation, between Moral Obligation and Political Responsibility

by Yuri van Hoef (Politics and International Relations Pathway, University of Leeds) 

The first Conference for Interdisciplinary Approaches to Politics (CIAP) was held on Friday 16 October 2015 at the University of Leeds. The theme of CIAP2015 was Cooperation, between Moral Obligation and Political Responsibility. Keynote speeches were given by Garrett Brown, University of Sheffield (Cosmopolitics: Between moral obligation and political necessity), and Patrick Hayden, University of St Andrews (Political Friendship, the Web of Cooperation, and Befriending the World).

The interdisciplinary nature of the conference was not just reflected in the two keynote speeches, but also in the conference panels. CIAP2015 featured two conference tracks: one focusing on theoretical perspectives on cooperation, with panels on Cosmopolitanism, Friendship, and Political Theory, and the second track focusing on IR with panels on Conflict & Cooperation, Development, and International Cooperation. The conference closed with panels on Cosmopolitan Narratives and Cooperation in law.

ciapThe keynote speeches and many of the panels took place in the monumental Brotherton Room in the University’s library. Participants came from all over the world, and there was a good balance between early career and established researchers whom presented their work.

The conference was organised by the White Rose Research Network for interdisciplinary approaches to politics, and convened by Yuri van Hoef, Gisli Vogler, and Joshua Hobbs (Politics and International Relations Pathway, University of Leeds). Sponsors included the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Leeds, and the White Rose DTC Research Network for Interdisciplinary Approaches to Politics. You can contact Gisli Volgler at ptgv@leeds.ac.uk for more information, or if you would like to become a member of the research network.

Tentatively, CIAP2016 will focus on Emotions in Politics, and the first call for panels will be sent out shortly. For more information, please visit ciap2015.wordpress.com. 


Psychology Pathway: Autumn White Rose DTC Psychology Postgraduate Conference, 30 September 2015, University of Leeds

PsychologyThe conference took place on 30 September 2015 at the School of Psychology at the University of Leeds, and aims to showcase the work of first year PhD researchers in the Pathway.

Security, Conflict & Justice and Socio-legal Pathways: Understanding and Using Ethnography, University of Leeds, 2 December 2015

P1000792This event will explore the use of ethnography in security, conflict and socio legal research contexts, drawing upon background theory and conceptualisation of what we mean by the term and what implications this has for how we use it as a research tool. A series of case studies will be presented, exploring how the technique has been used to study crowd violence, ‘hooliganism’ and the application of law. The keynote speaker for the event will be Dr Geoff Pearson from the School of Law at the University of Manchester. The event is open to WR DTC researcher from all Pathways.

International Development Pathway: RiDNet Conference, University of Leeds, 30 November 2015

The fourth Researchers in Development Network (RiDNet) Conference will take place at the University of Leeds on 30 November 2015. This year’s conference will focus on “Conducting Fieldwork in Development Contexts: Expectations, Encounters and Entanglements”. Read more about the conference and find out how to register here.


ESRC Festival of Social Sciences

esrc3The ESRC Festival of Social Science will take place this year from 7 to 14 November. Several events will take place at various venues in Leeds and Sheffield and across the region. A list of events can be found on the ESRC website.

Consumer Data Research Centre

cdrcThe Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) initiative, commissioned by the ESRC, is an exciting collaboration between the UK’s leading universities and a growing list of industry partners to better understand the millions of data points we generate each day. Bringing together the universities of Leeds, Liverpool, Oxford and University College London, the CDRC seeks to share these insights with academia, industry and the public at large.  Data will – for the first time – be routinely collected and shared with the CDRC by major retailers, local government organisations and businesses across the UK to improve understanding of these complex patterns of consumer behaviour.

To maximise potential of research for the research community the CDRC have set up CDRC Open data which is publicly available to all, for any purpose. Examples of data include UK market research from the Ethical Consumer Research Association, which is the only comprehensive data set on the purchase of ethical products and services in the UK. There are also models representing retail catchment areas, which can show the most probable shopping destinations in communities.

Introduction to the Millennium Cohort Study – webinar

This webinar introduces the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) to both first-time and more experienced data users, with a focus on the age 11 and age 14 surveys.

The webinar will be held on Wednesday 18 November, further details and booking a place at the event here.

AHRC International Placement Scheme showcase events

ahrcThe AHRC and ESRC invite students to a showcase of funded fellowship opportunities for PhD students through our International Placement Scheme (IPS), at world-leading international research institutions. ESRC students are only eligible to visit the Library of Congress, Washington D.C. IPS fellowships run for up to six months and include a travel and living stipend; unparalleled access to collections, facilities, curators and other scholars; and opportunities to present work, network and make international contacts.

The two showcase dates are:

  • Monday 2nd November 2015, 11.00 – 15.00 at University of Westminster, Regent Street, London
  • Friday 6th November 2015, 11.00 – 15.00 at University of Manchester, Sackville St Campus, Manchester

A Twitter chat with IPS fellows, alumni and AHRC staff will also be held from  2-3pm on Wed 11 November 2015 – @ahrcpress, #AHRCIPS.

ESRC Data and Methods Services supporting research and providing training

The ESRC funds a range of data and methods services to support research and study.  It provides resources needed to access high quality socio-economic data and to develop research skills. You can see a list of these services on this page on the WRDTC website.



Following feedback from PhD researchers and Pathway leaders, The WRDTC website now hosts a Forum area. The forum will help WRDTC PhD researchers to communicate online and to find useful research connections across the three universities.

forum1This space can be used to:

  • share research tips
  • share literature and resources
  • discuss publication and scholarship issues
  • exchange experiences
  • ask for help
  • advertise events

The Forum includes dedicated sections for each Pathway, and a section dedicated to a virtual ‘swap shop’ where WRDTC researchers can offer their skills and expertise, or search for something or someone (for example, someone with a specific skill or with similar research interests, etc.). 

Coming Soon…

Please check www.wrdtc.ac.uk to keep up to date with WRDTC news and events.