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WRDTC 6th Annual Conference, University of Sheffield

Date - Thursday, 29th June 2017 (10:00 am - 4:30 pm)

The White Rose Doctoral Training Centre will hold its 6th Annual Conference at the University of Sheffield on the 29th June 2017. The conference will be a great opportunity to network with other doctoral researchers, share your research experience, find out more about the new DTP Pathways and meet the new Pathway Directors.

The theme for this year’s conference is Interdisciplinarity in a changing world: methods, challenges and opportunities.


Complimentary coach travel will be provided from the University of Leeds and the University of York.

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See below for the conference programme, which includes a keynote speech from Professor James Wilsdon, Professor of Research Policy in the Department of Politics and Director of Impact and Engagement in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield: Disciplinary dilemmas: promises & pitfalls of the UK’s race for a new model of research’.

The conference will also include a research panel per pathway exploring the breadth of research taking place.

Poster Competition

All PhD researchers in the Social Sciences at Leeds, Sheffield and York are invited to present a poster about their research at the Conference. You will have the opportunity to present your poster to delegates during the lunch period, and delegates will vote for a winner. The winning poster will be awarded a £50 book voucher prize. If you wish to present a poster, please submit your abstract (max 150 words) via this form, by 19th June 2017.


9.30 – 10:00 Registration

The Diamond Basement Foyer (refreshments)

10.00-10.20 Welcome

Professor Matthew Festenstein, University of York, The Diamond Lecture Theatre 1

10.20-10.50 Keynote

Disciplinary dilemmas: promises & pitfalls of the UK’s race for a new model of research’, Professor James Wilsdon, Professor of Research Policy, Department of Politics & Director of Impact and Engagement, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Sheffield, The Diamond Lecture Theatre 1


(to include a comfort break)

Professor Gwilym Pryce, University of Sheffield- AQM and Interdisciplinarity

Dr Nick Emmel University of Leeds- AQUALM and Interdisciplinarity, The Diamond Lecture Theatre 1

12.00-13.30 Lunch & Poster competition

38 Mappin Street

13.30-15.30 Interdisciplinary Themed Research Panels

(see delegate list for session locations, to include a comfort break)

Session A: Cities, Environment, and Liveability

Leon Felipe Tellez Contreras, University of Leeds – Trader Organisations and Traditional Urban Markets: The Political Production of Public Services and Public Spaces

Uyi Ezeanah, University of Sheffield – The Fieldwork Process: The impact of the researchers positionality on the research process

Fatima Ajia, University of Sheffield – A systematic review of public engagement plans for water demand reduction in the UK

Rizwana Alam, University of Leeds – Urban Green Spaces: A Mosaic of Social and Natural Systems

Anjar Priandoyo, University of York – Modelling energy transition in Indonesia: Scenario analysis and their implication

Andrew Bwambale, University of Leeds – Exploring the potential of call detail records to capture route choice behaviour

Thomas Hancock, University of Leeds – Improving decision field theory for consumer choice modelling applications

Session B: Data, Communication, and New Technologies

Maha Al-Ugaily, University of Sheffield – Synaesthetic scape

Francesca Di Renzo, University of Sheffield – A proposal for a semiotic-informed analysis of meanings in online news

Stefan Vollmer, University of Leeds – Exploring the digital literacy practices of Rojan, a newly arrived Syrian refugee

Session C: Security, Conflict, and Justice & Civil Society, Development, and Democracy (combined session)

Claire Cunnington, University of Sheffield – A History of Attitudes towards Child Sexual Abuse

Ana Laura Zavala Guillen, University of Sheffield – Research Impact: Participatory methods and land claims in Afro-descendant communities in Colombia

Eric Hoddy, University of York – Being post-disciplinary about ‘transformative justice’

Noranida Zainal, University of Sheffield – The Creation of Space for Participation and Representation through the Establishment of an Urban Development Corporation: Looking at the State-society Power Relations in Kampong Bharu Redevelopment

Session D: Wellbeing, Health, and Communities

John Dotse, University of Sheffield – Validation of the Driver Behaviour Questionnaire in Ghana: A Research Proposal

Farouk Umar, University of Sheffield – Profiling Access to Healthcare Facilities in Kano State Nigeria

Janet McNally, University of Leeds – Experiences of Baby Led Weaning and Traditional Spoon-Feeding: Maternal Emotions and States of Mind

Alejandro Lome Hurtado, University of York – Modeling Term Low Birth Weight in Greater Mexico City: A Bayesian Spatial-Temporal Approach

Evangelos Paschalidis, University of Leeds – Incorporating the effects of stress in driving behaviour models

Session E: Education, Childhood, and Youth

Antonios Ktenidis, University of Sheffield – Interdisciplinary Narrative Inquiry: The Multiple Stories Of Restricted Growth

Sani Yantandu Uba, University of Leeds – Authorial stance in accounting PhD theses in a Nigerian university

Uma Malar Maniam, University of Leeds – Exploring Middle Leadership: The Relational Perspective

Ruolin Hu, University of York – Examining the effect of IELTS test preparation courses and the number of attempts on Chinese students’ IELTS scores, general language proficiency, and future academic attainment

Syakima Ibrahim, University of Leeds – Self-efficacy in Teaching Science Using Inquiry Skills (SETSIS): A model to measure competency in teaching science using skill-based knowledge

Session F: Sustainable Growth, Management, and Economic Productivity

Paramanathan Sandran, University of Sheffield – Forces that influence the creation of social relations between the public and private sector in the formulation of PPP toll road projects

Wanwan Zhu, University of Leeds – CEO Succession in Large U.S. Listed Banks: Do Successor Characteristics Matter?

You Zhou, University of Leeds – The relative importance of risk and non-risk determinants of fund flows in China

Savita Verma, University of Leeds – Analysing employee engagement for environmentally sustainable supply chains

15.30-16.00 Prize Giving & Close

16.00 Coaches home

For further information, please contact wrdtcannualconference@wrdtc.ac.uk.