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Researching Youth and Inequality in the Digital Age

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“Researching Youth and Inequality in the Digital Age (RYIDA) Workshop Series”

Open Invitation: MINI-SYMPOSIUM

27th July 2018 (Friday), 11:00-16:30, Adam Smith Lecture Theatre (1115), Adam Smith Building, University of Glasgow

A series of workshops to stimulate research collaborations within and beyond the University of Glasgow is organised by Dr. Mark Wong (Lecturer in Social and Public Policy, UoG) in Summer 2018.

The mini-symposium, which is a part of this series, features a set of presentations on new ideas of funding bids and collaborative research and teaching initiatives from academics and research students across various disciplines from the University of Glasgow, University of Edinburgh, University of West of Scotland and beyond.

We also have five fantastic keynote speakers lined up, speaking on topics ranging from twitter analytics, Facebook/online social networks and youth wellbeing, impoverishments and precariousness among single young men, impact of news and social media on youth health inequalities, to issues of digital age from young people's own perspectives.

This event is open to all academic researchers, youth practitioners, stakeholders, policymakers, and young people who are interested in shaping the direction of new research and hearing about work-in-progress utilising a range of innovative methods, including data science/"big data" and network analysis. We would love to hear your thoughts and feedback on the ideas we are developing and we welcome new partnerships and networks to be formed.

Our Keynote Speakers on the expert panel are:

Prof. Colin Webster, Professor of Criminology & Programme Director Centre for Applied Social Research (CeASR), Leeds Beckett University -
"The Most 'Undeserving': Impoverishment and Precariousness among Single Young Men"

Prof. Shona Hilton, Deputy Director of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Science Unit, University of Glasgow -
"Unhealthy Commodity Industries, Public Health Policy and Youth Inequalities"

Dr. Luke Sloan, Reader & Deputy Director of Social Data Science Lab, Cardiff University -
"What Can Twitter Tell Us about The Social World?"

Dr. Bernie Hogan, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute/University of Oxford -
"Connected Networks and Wellbeing among Youth: Qualitative and Quantitative Evidence from Facebook Social Network Data"

Shaun Cairns, Member of Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP) for Clydebank and Milngave and Convenor of the Culture and Media Committee, SYP

Find more details about the speakers and abstract in the information below.

Light lunch and teas and coffees will be provided and attendance to the event is free of charge.

Please register a place for the mini-symposium through our eventbrite page here. Please kindly note any dietary and access requirements in the form provided.

We look forward to welcoming you to the event!

The RYIDA workshop series and mini-symposium is kindly funded by the Urban Studies Research Incentivsation Fund, University of Glasgow.

More information about the RYIDA Workshop Series:

1) Setting Agendas and Identifying Common Research Questions

Date: 6th Jun 2018 (Wednesday) | Time: 11:00 – 13:00 | Venue: Teaching Room 122, 25 Bute Gardens, Glasgow

This workshop will be aimed at mapping shared interests of the participants and identifying themes and questions that we may address collaboratively. Using small-group work, the workshop stimulates conversations and debates among colleagues and focuses on the development of a set of initial research questions. This will encourage staff and research students to blend different skills and interests and formulate a joint research agenda that they share a sense of ownership of. This will require combining ideas from colleagues with various expertise, such as detecting topical debates in youth and urban studies, framing research questions based on a certain methodological or analytical perspective, and aligning potential research impact with current policy agendas. The research questions identified in this workshop will form the basis for one or more potential collaborative project proposals and will be explored and experimented with in the subsequent workshops.

2) Pilot Data “Hackathon-Style” Workshop

Date: 6th July 2018 (Friday) | Time: 11:00 – 14:00 | Venue: Boardroom (rm 139), 25 Bute Gardens, Glasgow

This workshop will be a “hackathon” style event, which challenges participants to work together and draw on different skills and expertise (such as programming, automation, network analysis and visualisation, subject knowledge, and conceptual frameworks) to design a pilot project. The participants will be tasked to collect a small sample of data and draw out preliminary insights based on the research questions they identified in workshop 1. This requires colleagues to utilise each other’s skills and identify appropriate data sources, formulate database queries and make Application Programming Interface (API) calls, consider the usefulness and meaning of the data, and reflect on the gaps and ethics of the chosen approach to address the research questions.

At the end of the workshop, the participants will present their “solutions” and share the initial results with other groups. The participants will be encouraged to use and present data visualisations, textual analysis (e.g. word clouds), cluster analysis, descriptive statistics, thematic analysis, and/or other qualitative and quantitative methods to illustrate their results.

3) Mini-Symposium: Presenting Research ideas and Pilot Results

Date: 27th July 2018 (Friday) | Time: 11:00 – 16:30 | Venue: Adam Smith Lecture Theatre (1115), Adam Smith Building, University of Glasgow

Confirmed speakers:

Prof Colin Webster, Professor of Criminology/Programme Director Centre for Applied Social Research (CeASR), Leeds Beckett University -
"The Most 'Undeserving': Impoverishment and Precariousness among Single Young Men"

Prof. Shona Hilton, Deputy Director of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Science Unit, University of Glasgow -

"Unhealthy Commodity Industries, Public Health Policy and Youth Inequalities"

Professor Shona Hilton is Deputy Director of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Science Unit, University of Glasgow, UK and co-leads a public health policy programme. She is a Social Scientist and her research focuses on macro level determinants on health such as media, political and corporate influences that shape global public policy debates. She leads rapid response research into emerging high profile public health issues to offer stakeholders and decision-makers early insights into how health issues, evidence and policies are being reported and understood.

Dr Luke Sloan, Reader/Deputy Director Social Data Science Lab, Cardiff University -
"What Can Twitter Tell Us about The Social World?"

Dr Bernie Hogan, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute/University of Oxford -

"Connected networks and wellbeing among youth: Qualitative and quantitative evidence from Facebook social network data"

Abstract:

This paper will consolidate findings from the author's work visualising and analyzing Facebook networks. In two studies, youth were presented with visualizations of their Facebook networks and had to make use of this data in meaningful ways. The first is an intervention study of low-SES high school students who were shown their network using software called 'College Connect' to help seek out advice from weak ties. The second was a mixed methods study of queer youth that discussed the relationship between outness and social connectivity. In a third study across ages, individuals donated their Facebook data to the research team for analysis. There it was shown that social capital is related to overall connectivity in the network. These studies together make the case that we can learn a great deal about a person's social world by looking beyond the immediate social connections towards the sorts of weak ties available on Facebook. While social scientists have known about the strength of weak ties for almost 50 years, rarely do we have to opportunity to both study such expansive personal networks and rarer still to represent these weak ties back to individuals to help leverage the latent social capital available from these weak ties. These studies show that not only do the size and scope of weak ties matter but the connectivity between groups matters as well.

Shaun Cairns, Member of Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP) for Clydebank and Milngave and Convenor of the Culture and Media Committee, SYP

This mini-symposium provides an opportunity for the participants to discuss their ideas for collaborative projects and present the pilot results to an expert panel and external stakeholders. Based on materials produced in workshops 1 and 2, each groups of participants will prepare a presentation on the research questions identified, the rationale and justification for the choice of topic, the proposed research design and approach, and an evaluation of the proposal based on the pilot results and self-reflections.

After the presentations, the expert panel will offer feedback on the originality, potential contribution, and feasibility of the proposal. The workshop serves another important function of paving the way for research impact. The mini-symposium will raise awareness of the proposed research activities among key stakeholders invited to the workshop, including public and voluntary sectors practitioners and industry representatives.

4) Drafting Collaborative Grant Proposals and/or Publication and Teaching Plans

Date: late-July (TBC) | Length: 2 hours

To conclude the series, the final workshop will provide an opportunity for the participants to decide how they would like to take their ideas forward. The meeting will facilitate participants to agree on a plan of action regarding how the proposals produced in this workshop series would be further developed. Each group of participants will be asked to write an initial draft of a grant proposal for a collaborative research project. They may discuss and take the feedback from the mini-symposium into account, and improve the ideas of their original proposals. Also, the participants will develop a publication and teaching plan in conjunction with (or instead of, if necessary) the grant proposals. Colleagues will be encouraged to consider how the new research avenue being pursued may be applied to their teaching.


Teas and coffess will be served in all workshops. Please register for your place in the workshop series through this Eventbrite page.

This workshop series aims to steer collaborative efforts among colleagues to address calls from various funding bodies (such as the ESRC) to further understand social lives in the “digital age”. The workshops also offer a timely contribution to promote the application of digital research methods (such as data science, linked data, and social network analysis) in social science research.

Potential themes that may be explored through the workshops include (but not limited to):

  • The significance of online social networks for marginalised young people
  • Youth experiences of social support through globalised online communities
  • Inequality of work and digital labour in the “gig economy”
  • Risks and opportunities for formal and informal learning through technologies, and;
  • Cross-national comparisons (such as UK and China) of the meaning of digital spaces and digital communities.

The RYIDA workshop series is funded by the Urban Studies Research Incentivsation Fund at the University of Glasgow.

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