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Pathways to Impact : NCRM Annual Lecture 2017

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Professor Patrick Sturgis, Director of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods, is delighted to welcome Professor Lesley McAra as the keynote speaker for this year's prestigious NCRM Annual Lecture. Her talk is entitled:

Pathways to Impact: The Politics of Knowledge Production and the Limits of Social Scientific Inquiry

The quality of social scientific research is increasingly being measured by its capacity for impact: a transformation being driven by RCUK and REF imperatives. This lecture explores the implications of the impact agenda for knowledge production, in particular: (i) the ways in which certain methodological strategies become valorised, with consequences for modes of theory building; (ii) the need to understand better the methods by which research gains traction in policy and practice, a process which may signal the limitations of social scientific inquiry; and (iii) the ethical challenges in promoting data driven innovation in the context of complex and contested political environments.

The lecture takes place in the magnificent surroundings of the Great Hall at the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, and will be followed by a reception in the New Library.

The lecture will also be live-streamed via this link https://www.rcpe.ac.uk/video/ncrm-annual-lecture-2017


16:30 Arrival for a prompt start

16:55 Welcome from Professor Patrick Sturgis

17:00 Professor Lesley McAra

17:45 Discussants:

Professor Huw Davies, Co-Director of the Research Unit for Research Utilisation, University of St Andrews
David Strang, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland

18:00 Questions

18:30 Reception

19:30 Close


About the Speaker: Lesley McAra is Chair of Penology and Assistant Principal Community Relations at the University of Edinburgh. She was Co-Director (with Susan McVie and David Smith) of the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime, a longitudinal programme of research on pathways into and out of offending for a cohort of around 4,300 young people. Funded by grants from the ESRC, the Nuffield Foundation and the Scottish Government, this study forms the evidence-base for the ‘Whole System Approach’ to juvenile justice which is currently being implemented across Scotland.

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