Hilary 2018

Beyond Impact?

Thursdays 14:00 - 15:30
Seminar Room, The Pauling Centre, 58a Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6QS

Using, Exchanging, and Communicating Migration Knowledge and Research

COMPAS Seminar Series, Thursdays, Hilary Term 2018

Migration and related issues including integration continue to be highly salient on public and policy agendas around the world. Across policymaking, media, business, and civil society, from the international to neighbourhood level: researchers are often asked, and increasingly required, to engage with a range of public and private organisations. This engagement potentially takes different forms and directions, from conventional public communication, to collaborative knowledge exchange, to participatory research. Increasingly, users not only demand research, data, and knowledge on these topics, but also opportunities for peer-to-peer exchange of expertise and ideas.

But, these new forms of engagement in the academy are subject to social, political, and ethical constraints—not least of all public distrust in expertise and experts. They also raise questions about the appropriate role of researchers in contributing to processes of social change. As the political economy of universities is changing in the UK to emphasise impact activities, there is a need to think critically about what is precisely meant by impact, the processes involved in generating it, and how it relates to broader questions about how migration research is and should be designed and executed. This seminar series aims to contribute to discussions about the ongoing and evolving roles of researchers in public life, a question that is relevant both within migration studies and in other humanities and social science fields. Through interventions that feature contributions from both theory and practice, it examines the promises, pitfalls, and possibilities associated with thinking about research that goes beyond limited conceptions of impact.


18 January

Knowledge Exchange, Practice and Impact: Opportunities and Challenges in a New Era for the Academy

Kirsten Shepherd Barr
(Professor of English and Knowledge Exchange Champion, TORCH, University of Oxford), followed by discussion facilitated by Sarah Spencer CBE (Director of the Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity, COMPAS)

25 January

Brokering Knowledge in Research with Refugee and Migrant Case Workers

Sara de Jong
(Research Fellow, Citizenship and Governance at The Open University)
Kate Smart (Asylum Welcome, Oxford)
Almas Farsi (Asylum Welcome, Oxford)

01 February

The Politics of Evidence and Knowledge in a Polarised World

Christina Boswell
(Professor of Politics at University of Edinburgh; Founder and Former Co-Director of the Centre for Science, Knowledge, and Policy)

08 February

Telling Stories to Communicate Data and Evidence

Sunder Katwala
(Director, British Future)
Alan Smith OBE (Data Visualisation Editor, The Financial Times; Former Principal Methodologist in Data Visualisation at the UK Office for National Statistics)

15 February

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Knowledge Exchange and Migration

Sarah Harper
(Professor of Gerontology, University of Oxford; Founder and Co-Director of the Oxford Institute for Population Ageing)
Sundeep Lidher (Project Researcher ‘Our Migration Story’ Runnymede Trust)

22 February

Engaging with Policymakers at the City Level

Max Nathan
(Senior Birmingham Fellow in Regional Economic Development at Birmingham Business School; Deputy Director, What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth)
Andrew Carter (Chief Executive, Centre for Cities and Deputy Director, What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth)

01 March

A Living Lab Methodology for Evaluating Innovation in Asylum Seeker Reception: The Utrecht Refugee Launchpad

Caroline Oliver
(Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Roehampton)
Karin Geuijin (Assistant Professor, Utrecht University School of Governance)
Rianne Dekker (Assistant Professor, Utrecht University School of Governance)

08 March

Beyond Impact? Provocations for Future Research, Practice, and Engagement

Sarah Spencer CBE
(Director, Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity, COMPAS) in conversation with:
Tony McEnery (Interim Chief Executive, ESRC; Distinguished Professor of English Language and Linguistics, Lancaster University; Founding Director of the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science)
Paul Cairney (Professor of Politics and Public Policy, University of Stirling)

Refugees and the Economy

Michaelmas Term 2017

Talking Oxford

Trinity Term 2017

Migration Research – where next?

Michaelmas Term 2016

Wellbeing and Migration in the UK

Michaelmas Term 2015

Arrival Cities

Michaelmas term 2014

Borders of the welfare state

Trinity term 2014

Boundaries of Freedom

Hilary term 2014

Rethinking Migration

Trinity term 2013

Migration Journeys

Seminar Series Michaelmas 2012

Everyday multiculturalism

Seminar Series Trinity 2012

Gender, Migration and Citizenship

Gender, Migration and Citizenship

Seminar Series Michaelmas 2009

Immigration and Low-wage Labour Markets

Immigration and Low-wage Labour Markets

Seminar Series Hilary Term 2009

Migration, Welfare and Inequalities

Migration, Welfare and Inequalities

Seminar Series Michaelmas Term 2008

Migration and Cultural Production

Migration and Cultural Production

Seminar Series Trinity Term 2008

Critical Epistemologies of Migration

Critical Epistemologies of Migration

Seminar Series Hilary Term 2008

New Trends in Contemporary Migration

New Trends in Contemporary Migration

Seminar Series Michaelmas Term 2007

Perspectives on African Migration

Perspectives on African Migration

Seminar Series Trinity Term 2007

States and Emigrants

States and Emigrants

Seminar Series Trinity Term 2006

Racism and the new immigration: theories and practices

Racism and the new immigration: theories and practices

Seminar Series Michaelmas Term 2005

The Anthropology of Migration and Multiculturalism

The Anthropology of Migration and Multiculturalism

Seminar Series Trinity Term 2005

Contemporary International Migration – Key Issues

Contemporary International Migration – Key Issues

Seminar Series Hilary Term 2005