The world is complicated, and most people can see that in their everyday life. We need to be able to talk and think about complex things - in clear and understandable ways - to deal with inequality, division and anger.
How can social research make a difference? This event started as being focused on collaborative research between academics and civil society groups; but the issues we will talk about are much wider than this. We hope this will be part of starting/continuing a conversation about how to move forward with bringing back intelligence and critical thinking into our public life.
The event will showcase examples of the latest research being conducted by Warwick Sociology in partnership with people and organisations who are directly engaged in social justice work. We want to share our research findings and lessons learnt from conducting collaborative research, and we also want to hear from people who have worked with university researchers in the past, or may do so in the future. What are the advantages of working together? What are the challenges? Can partnerships between universities and social justice organisations be fruitful for all involved, or are there too many competing priorities?
Please join us to discuss these issues and more. All are welcome and the event is free, but please register so we can keep track of numbers.
Alice Mah, on her research project 'Toxic Expertise: Environmental Justice and the Global Petrochemical Industry' which includes research with participants as diverse as global petrochemical companies and environmental NGOs, and people living in polluted areas.
Hannah Jones, on research she has conducted with colleagues from other universities and in collaboration with local community groups and national campaigners into the wider repercussions of government anti-immigration campaigning.
Rita Chadha, Chief Executive of RAMFEL (Refugee and Migrant Forum of Essex and London), on her experience of working with academic researchers – the pitfalls and possibilities.
Chaired by Neil Serougi, a trustee of Freedom From Torture and with experience as a member of the Economic and Social Research Council and in the public and voluntary sector.
We hope to see you there. The discussion will be accompanied by wine, juice and snacks.