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Research methods and social responsibility

Wednesday 8 June 2011, 10.30 – 4.00

Lecture Theatre, Manchester Dental Education Centre (MANDEC), Bridgeford Street, University of Manchester

This workshop is the first of a series of one-day meetings that we are organising on ‘research methods and social responsibility’. The overarching aim of the meetings will be to explore cross-disciplinary perspectives on the methodological and ethical issues that arise in all research encounters.

Our first meeting sets out to provoke a conversation between researchers either based at the University of Manchester or with strong connections to Manchester. Each of our speakers will give a short, ten minute presentation setting out the challenges presented by their particular research activities, and the ways in which they respond to these challenges. The day is divided into two broad themes; the first four talks discuss research that engages with conflict, disasters, suffering and advocacy; the second four address the question of how research is valued and evaluated more generally, raising questions about the links between social responsibility and wider issues concerning the ethics and politics of research more generally.

Each set of four short talks will be followed by wider discussion and debate. In a final session we aim to take stock of the issues that have arisen during the day and identify questions that people would like to take forward in future events.

The workshop is free to attend and lunch will be provided. To view the programme and book a place please go to



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