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December 6th and 7th, 2017

Hosted by the

Human Geography Research Group

School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, East Quadrangle, University of Glasgow


This two-day PGR conference, hosted by the Human Geography Research Group and School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow, offers a dedicated forum for consideration of questions that are crucial to an emerging, aspiring generation of graduate researchers:

- What does the production of impactful research mean for a current generation of UK graduate students in human geography?

- How is impact to be variously understood, appreciated, approached and subject to critique?

- How does the prefiguring of impact affect PhD research design and project direction?

- What place exists for disciplinary traditions of critical and creative praxis in an evolving impact agenda?

- Is intellectual integrity a victim of “impact-instrumentalism”, or, is impact the trigger necessary to ensure that research makes a real difference beyond the academy?

- Can the future shape of impact actually be defined by new and emerging researchers, rather than simply becoming another expectation that they must meet?

- Are adaptive strategies or radical responses necessary to prise open (even to ‘Occupy’) impact?

The conference programme will comprise a series of case study-led commentaries based on recent/ongoing “impact experiences”. Commentaries will be intercut with dedicated workshops sessions for small-group conversation and experience sharing, and a panel session leading into an open debate.

Commentators and panelists include: Kye Askins, Ian Shaw, Anna Schelie, Cheryl McGeahan, David Featherstone, Hayden Lorimer, Hester Parr, Larissa Naylor, Lazaros Karaloitas, and Jo Sharp and others.

Conference contributors will have differing levels of research experience (academic staff and recently completed and current PhD), and in projects involving international and national collaborations, and interdisciplinary links with the biological sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities.

Presentations will combine critical reflection with practical guidance, exploring the tensions that exist between impact ideals and impact realities.

Student-led breakout workshops will offer advice and seek opinion on partnership building, evidence gathering, narrating and communicating impact, the use of impact to advance careers (in academia and beyond), and existing mechanisms/media available to offer individual opinions and collective responses to the emerging impact agenda.


Day 1: ‘Critical impact and research experience’

Tea and Coffee served from 9:30

10-10.15 Introduction and welcome Professor Hayden Lorimer

10.15-10.45 ‘Geographies of missing people: extending research impact in critical partnerships’ Professor Hester Parr

10.45-11.15 ‘Challenges of doing interdiscipinary and international impact’ Professor Jo Sharp.

11.15-12.00 ‘Working with museum collections – Art Extraordinary and Miners’ Dr Cheryl McGeachan and Dr David Featherstone

12.00-1.00 Lunch

1.00-1.30 ‘Achieving impact in a PHD: experiences in secure care/prisons research’ Dr Anna Schliehe, Cambridge

1.30 - 2.00 ‘Measuring impact through changing policy and practice’ Dr Larissa Naylor

2.15- 3.30 Workshop I: Learning with communities: building social capacities in Gorbals, Glasgow Dr Kye Askins

The workshop will recount and reflect on experiences of working with a community centre in Gorbals, Glasgow. The session will raise issues around academic activism and participatory action research, but more widely open out to questions regarding how, as academics/researchers, we understand and enact ‘research impact’ with communities – across the full range of methodologies we might employ.

3.30-4.45 Workshop II: Sharing impact: peer group conversation with facilitation and feedback

Evening wine reception

Day 2: ‘Media impact and working in publics’

Tea and Coffee served from 9:45

10.15-10.45 ‘Research Ready for Radio’ Professor Hayden Lorimer

10.45-11.30 ‘Documentary film-making’ Dr Ian Shaw

11.30-12.15 ‘Artist books, zines and self-publishing’ Philip Nicholson

Closing discussion and comments

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