During the 2021/22 academic year, the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science is celebrating our 10-year anniversary. Over the past decade we are proud to have supported almost 1000 students through their doctoral studies. Through our internship programme, we have invested over 35 years of research work into Scotland’s academy. We have quadrupled the training available to our students and strengthened delivery of methods training, career planning and well-being events, working closely with Student Representatives and colleagues at all 16 HEIs in Scotland with a social science base.
Over the coming academic year, we will be delivering 10 keynotes to celebrate 10 years of SGSSS. The keynotes will coincide with our major training events and are intended to provide a forum for reflecting back on the contribution Scottish social science has made over the last 10 years to academic debate and policy development, and to consider the critical role of social science in taking the opportunities and addressing challenges facing Scotland over the next decade.
Watch this space for details of our next keynote!
Languages of Care: Beyond Expectations of Resilience
In this conversation recorded 21st October 2021, we ask who benefits from an overemphasis on resilience in conflict settings and in our everyday life. How does resilience create violent structures of expectations? We start from a point of care and empathy as a language that may work better than expecting resilience.
Shambhawi Tripathi is a first-year PhD student at the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews. Her doctoral work seeks to explore the absence of a conceptual human in International Relations and the alternative worlds that can be apprehended through an emotional retelling of the human and of the discipline. She is interested in moments of transformation and emotional storytelling as a way to study and practice international politics.
Malaka Shwaikh is an associate lecturer at the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews. Her research is at the intersection of prison resistance, decoloniality, and hunger strikes. She is interested in languages of care and empathy and in ways that ensure our world is a better place.
Watch the keynote here.
Taking the Carbon out of Transport: How might data help us?’
In this talk, recorded 4th November 2021, we will consider the role of new and emerging data forms in helping us to better understand mobility and how to make it more sustainable. We will see how it might help us evaluate what sorts of interventions might be helpful as well as how to finance these changes.
David McArthur is Senior Lecturer in Transport Studies and Associate Director of the Urban Big Data Centre at the University of Glasgow. His research interests focus on how new forms of data can be used to understand and promote active travel in cities.
Rafael Verduzco is a PhD Researcher at the Urban Big Data Centre at the University of Glasgow. His research seeks to examine the distribution of the economic benefits generated by public transport infrastructure on real estate by making use of big data as well as open-source software.
Watch the keynote here.