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Academic blogging Seminar: Tuesday 7th March 2017, Rm D137/139, 10:30 - 12:30

The Centre for Social Science and Creativity (CSSC) has organised a seminar on academic blogging as part of its Research and Development Activities.

As a form of publishing, academic blogging has gained in prominence over recent years, with the capacity to self-publish and circulate ideas being more available than ever before. Blogging has variously been viewed as: a route to 'impact' in line with research excellence frameworks; a means of making academic outputs more accessible to non-academic audiences: and, a more open space to explore and test new ideas.

In this session we will hear from three eminent academics involved in - or evidencing the value of - academic blogging within the wider academic publishing terrain. The seminar will explore the value of academic blogging, the opportunities, challenges and positives and pitfalls that this emerging and rapidly evolving platform presents for the new and established academic. We very much hope that you will attend.


Pat Thomson is Professor of Education in the School of Education, The University of Nottingham. Pat’s research is focussed on the ways in which schools might change to be more engaging and meaningful for more children and young people. To this end, much of Pat’s research examines the arts, creativity and other kinds of experiential approaches in school and community settings. Pat has spoken extensively on doctoral education, supervision, social media and academic writing. In addition, she runs workshops on writing for publication including an annual 2 week writing programme at The University of Iceland, Reykjavik.

Pat blogs at https://patthomson.net

Paul Cairney is Professor of Politics and Public Policy at the University of Stirling where he specialises in British politics and public policy. Currently, his research is focussed on the ways in which policy studies can explain the use of evidence in politics and policy, and how policymakers translate broad long term aims into evidence-informed objectives. In the lead up to the Scottish Independence Referendum, Paul examined the capacity of Scottish institutions in the run up to the vote as part of the ESRC Centre on Constitutional Change. He is currently working on a Horizon 2020 project exploring the ways in which governments can, and should, use evidence to learn from the success and failure of other government strategies.

Paul blogs at https://paulcairney.wordpress.com/

Jane Tinkler is a Senior Prize Manager at Nine Dots Prize which seeks to reward original thinking in response to contemporary societal issues. She is also a member of LSE’s Public Policy Group. Jane’s research interests focus on how academic work - especially in the social sciences - has impact on government, business and civil society. She was part of the LSE's Impact of Social Sciences project that led to a book ‘The Impact of the Social Sciences: How academics and their work make a difference’ (Sage, 2014) and the LSE Impact blog. Jane has also published on digital-era governance and online public services, innovation in the public sector, the use of design approaches to service innovation in government and citizen redress. Jane is hugely interested in the use of blogging and social media in communicating academic ideas and the use of metrics to measure impact.

Jane tweets at @janetinkler

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