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Power, Ethics and Positionality: Day school on advanced research methods in critical criminology and social policy

Friday, 13 May 2016 10:00 - 17:00

The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

Berrill Lecture Theatre and Michael Young Building

The Department of Social Policy and Criminology in partnership with the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC) is hosting a day school in advanced research methods in critical criminology and social policy. This day school aims to enable postgraduate students to critically reflect on core themes of power, ethics and positionality in conducting research on crime, criminalization, social harm, inequalities, social justice and social policy. Plenary sessions will explore and problematize these themes in relation to researching the powerful and the powerless. Workshops will facilitate small-group, participative and in-depth exploration of how methods interact with these themes including specialist sessions on: ethical dilemmas in research, biographical and visual methods, ethnography in prisons and participatory action research with sexual violence survivors.

Confirmed speakers include: Dr. Julia Downes, Dr. Deb Drake, Dr. Dan McCulloch, Prof. Steve Tombs, Dr. Mary Corcoran, Prof. Graham Pike and Dr. Louise Westmarland.

NB: This event is open to all and free to attend.


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