Catalyst: Tools for Social Change - Multidisciplinary Research Partnership Opportunities
Monday, 25 June 2012 at 13:00 (BST)
Date: Monday 25th June 2012
Venue: C74, InfoLab, Lancaster University, LA1 4YW
Time: 1pm - 3.00pm
Join us the Catalyst team to find out about opportunities for academic staff and PhD students to work on funded multidisciplinary projects that address real social needs.
This event is aimed at Lancaster academics to find out more about the Catalyst Research project and to meet and potentially partner with shortlisted projects looking for academic partners. There will be a short presentation from the Catalyst Team followed by brief project presentations and networking over lunch.
Tickets are allocated on a first come first serve basis, so don't delay, sign up today!
Note: Lunch will be included as part of the event. If you have any dietary or access requirements please let us know when you register.
Note: Round 3 will be open to new applications in 2013. Join the mailing list for further details.
Background - About Catalyst
Catalyst is a research project based at Lancaster University bringing together community groups to work in partnership with academics from social science, computing, design and management science to carry out transformative research on the theme of citizen-led social innovation. Find out more here.
Catalyst Research Questions
Catalyst has two primary research questions:
(1) Understanding behaviour: what stimulates people to participate in civic actions and why?
(2) Tools for change: what next-generation digital technologies best support how people want to innovate in a civic action setting?
Each year we look for innovative project ideas that could answer our two research questions through interdisciplinary academic-community partnerships. Catalyst is a framework of large (Research Sprints) and small (Launch pads) projects. In both cases, Catalyst will provide financial, human and technological resources for communities and academic researchers to work together for a fixed period of time on community-driven research problems.
What is a Research Sprint?
Large projects – or research sprints – are six to nine month intensive research investigations, bringing together academics from different disciplines and members of a community, who will work together to conduct research towards Catalyst’s main research questions.
Communities and academics involved in research sprints will be able to draw on three post-doctoral researchers, the input from academics from a range of disciplines (computing, environmental science, design, management, social science) as well as equipment and resources for expenses.
Go here to find out about Patchworks the first Research Sprint.