In this video interview, Rob Imrie, Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, talks about changes in the quality of public space in Britain, his current work on shared social environments and some of the challenges he has experienced as a social scientist working in the design field.
We also asked Rob to deliver a position statement on one of our core themes. He chose civic participation:
In this interview, Dr Alex Wilkie,Lecturer in Design and Programme Leader MA Interaction Design & Director of Postgraduate Research in Design Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, talks about ‘putting pressure on the social’, the potentials in the interface between computational technology and politics and how he uses Actor Network Theory (ANT) in his work.
Alex also delivered a position statement in which he talks about our core themes of civic participation, health and well-being, mobilities and public space:
Open call for applications to attend workshop
We invite researchers from any background to join us in a two-day ‘sprint’ workshop which will bring together practitioners and researchers from the arts and humanities and other domains, who share an interest in using academic research to address collective and public challenges.
The workshop will be held at Lancaster University on April 16-17. It forms part of Developing participation in social design: Prototyping projects, programmes and policies, a project commissioned by the AHRC which aims to prototype new kinds of research collaboration oriented towards achieving societal change and collective outcomes. We anticipate research themes in several areas, examples of which are listed in the EoI call document (link below). Selected research consortia, who form and iterate their ideas through the sprint workshop, will have the opportunity to apply through a targeted call for Project Development Awards of up to £15,000 (fEC).
Further information from AHRC website: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Funding-Opportunities/Pages/Open-Call-for-applications-to-attend-the-ProtoPublics-Sprint-Workshop.aspx