Call for Presentations

16th December 2013, Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics

This workshop will explore two potential sources of conflict and innovation in Social Policy research: the use of mixed methodologies and the impact agenda.

In recent years, the use of mixed methods and methodologies in Social Policy research has become increasingly popular. Effective integration of quantitative and qualitative methods offers new opportunities for the potential and impact of Social Policy research. At a time when a growing number of Social Policy researchers are using mixed methods, it is important to reflect upon experiences and lessons from a period of particular methodological innovation. The increasing use of blogs and social media has re-established the ‘public nature’ of Social Policy research and the importance and potential of communicating research outside academia. The impact agenda challenges Social Policy researchers to communicate research findings in an accessible and effective way without compromising their often inherent complexity. Given their active use of blogs and social media, Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers are particularly well-equipped to contribute to these developments and to collaborate with each other in fostering Social Policy research impact.

The workshop will be organised in such a way as to facilitate a critical but encouraging environment for information sharing and learning amongst Social Policy Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers. A particular aim of the event is to look forward in considering how we might best maximise the utility of mixed methods social sciences research and impact in Social Policy research. The following questions will be considered:

  • What opportunities and challenges do mixed methods and methodologies of social policy research present?
  • How can mixed methods facilitate deeper and better understanding in different Social Policy domains?
  • Can Social Policy research be communicated to a non-specialist audience?
  • What is the scope of ‘public’ social policy research in informing and affecting the policy process?

We invite abstracts for papers and presentations on any of the questions outlined above. Priority will be given to presenters that draw on their own current research. Keynote speakers for the workshop include Professor David Byrne (University of Durham), Mark Carrigan (editor of the Sociological Imagination Blog), Jane Tinkler and Sierra Williams ( both from the LSE Public Policy Group and members of the LSE Impact of Social Sciences Blog).

The organisers will give an option to presenters to use the or format. These are relatively short presentations (6-minutes each) and are another engaging and innovative way to disseminate Social Policy research.

The workshop will be held at the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics on Monday 16th December. A £6 registration fee will be charged for the workshop, refreshments and lunch. Places are limited but can be booked here. Please submit abstracts (300-400 words) to: by 15th November 2013. Decisions on abstracts will be made by 22nd November 2013. A limited number of travel bursaries will be made available.

Daniel Edmiston and Lorenza Antonucci

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