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Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange Competition 2020 - Results

We are delighted to announce the winners of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange Competition 2020

Research impact is ‘the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy’.

The excellent submissions to the Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange Competition show that social science PhD researchers across Scotland are creating an impact for our society and internationally in very different ways.

Please click on the posters and project information below to find out more about all the shortlisted candidates and the three winning projects.

First prize

Jenn Glinski

University of Glasgow

Jenn’s PhD research investigates financial abuse in Scotland and the role of finances in physically separating from an abusive partner. In addition, it explores how women’s personal financial situations prior and post-separation are likely to be affected by key social security policies in Scotland and the UK.

Jenn’s submission for the Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange Competition related to an internship undertaken with Royal Bank of Scotland, supported by the SGSSS.

Runner-ups

Lynn Wilson

Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow

Lynn is a designer specialising in the circular economy and closed loop systems design. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Glasgow funded by the ESRC and sponsored by the Ethical Consumer Research Association. The title of her thesis is ‘Closing the loop. Putting post-consumer clothing disposal at the centre of the circular economy’.

Lynn’s submission for the Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange competition shows how she involves different stakeholders with her research.

Oliver Hamlet

University of Aberdeen

Oliver is undertaking a 3 year ESRC funded PhD in organisational / human factors psychology. His research is primarily focused on the non-technical skills utilised by individuals and groups within high-risk environments.

Oliver’s submission for the Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange Competition related to the materials he has produced to support with the training and development of air crews.

Commended

Ashlee Christoffersen

University of Edinburgh

Ashlee is based in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh, and her PhD thesis is entitled ‘The politics of intersectional practice’.

Ashlee’s PhD draws on her practitioner background to explore how equality third sector organisations, which have been predominantly focused around single issues/identities, are conceptualising and operationalising the politically transformative frame of ‘intersectionality’: the understanding that structures of inequality are mutually constituting and thus cannot be addressed separately.

Her submission for the Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange Prize relates to a conference that she organised for equality third sector practitioners, public sector practitioners, policy makers, and academics.

Lucy Cathcart Froden

University of Glasgow

Lucy’s PhD thesis is provisionally entitled ‘A language we all understand’? A practice-led exploration of the role of musical communication in re/integration of people who have migrated and people who have offended’. Her research draws on criminology, migration studies, applied linguistic and communication studies, and popular musicology.

Lucy’s submission for the Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange Competition demonstrates how her work has engaged with and impacted a variety of stakeholders, including through her podcast.

Benjamin Butterworth

Glasgow Caledonian University

Ben is a PhD researcher in Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University. His research investigates the relationship between alcohol, memory and psychological trauma.

Ben’s submission for the Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange Competition related to an internship conducted with the Scottish Government, which explored the environmental impact of Scottish ferry services to inform the Government’s commitment to reducing emissions.

Victoria Armstrong

University of Dundee

Vicky Armstrong is an Art Psychotherapist, who founded the Art at the Start project in collaboration with experimental psychologist Dr Josephine Ross. She works with Dundee Contemporary Arts and the University of Dundee to explore the benefits of art therapy sessions for vulnerable parents and infants.

Vicky’s submission for the Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange Competition explores the impact of her research, including the responses from families participating in her project. Click here to see a video about Vicky’s research made by the University of Dundee.

Viktoria Eriksson

University of Aberdeen

Viktoria is completing a PhD provisionally titled ‘Gendered Identities: Exploring Scottish constitutional preferences’.

Viktoria’s submission for the Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange Competition relates to her work on an internship with the Scottish Government in 2020, where she produced a tool which will transform the way in which Scottish Household Survey results can be used and analysed.