What are you thinking?

A major benefit of working at an institution like King’s is the opportunity to debate big ideas, challenge assumptions and ask difficult questions, in short, to think more broadly. Whilst research is all absorbing, especially if you’ve got any kind of deadline looming, I’d really encourage you to seize the chance to think big at the forthcoming Social Science Festival: Celebrating Interdisciplinarity.

On 23 & 24 November 2015, King’s Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (KISS DTC) is hosting a two-day festival showcasing social science research taking place at King’s. It’s a great chance to consider how research can impact society. The programme includes:

  • Charles Clarke, Home Secretary (2004-6)
  • Mike Hulme, United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (1995-2001)
  • Margaret Hodge, Chair, Public Accounts Committee (2010-15)
  • David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science (2010-14)
  • Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, an expert on globalisation, who coined the term ‘Global city’

So come along and think big!

The Festival is open to all students and staff at King’s and beyond. All events are happening on the Strand campus, mainly in the Great Hall. See the Festival programme for full details of the panels and plenaries (PDF).

KISS DTC PhD students are involved throughout the Festival, presenting posters on their research, ‘in conversation’ with KCL academics and contributing to panel discussions.

Register your interest in attending: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/graduate-school/doctoral-training-centre/social-science-festival.aspx

Further information available on the Social Science Festival Poster

KLS Graduate Research Conference: Dialogue and Networks: Responses and Challenges to Power and Injustice – Call for Papers

The third annual Kent Law School Graduate Research Conference, taking place at Eliot College, University of Kent, Canterbury (UK) 8 – 9 June 2015, will explore the impact of research in challenging various forms of power and injustice and generating social change. The conference will bring together a wide variety of academic perspectives to provide a forum for conversations about contemporary social injustice. The KLS Graduate Conference Committee invites all postgraduate students from social sciences and humanities backgrounds to submit an abstract. Participants will have the opportunity to network with their fellow colleagues and discuss their ongoing research in an interdisciplinary setting.

Submission of proposals for papers, posters, panels, and roundtable discussions

The Committee welcomes papers that address the theme of the conference from various
academic perspectives including law, sociology, anthropology, criminology, politics, international relations, philosophy, ethics, literature, history, economics, social policy, psychology and film. Abstract submissions should be no longer than 300 words. The Committee also welcomes applications from participants seeking to showcase their work in the conference’s poster display. Participants will have the opportunity to display their poster in the foyer of Eliot College and will be able to discuss their research with attendees of the conference. Please submit an abstract of no longer than 300 words outlining the research the poster will present. The Committee encourages proposals of up to 300 words for small panels and roundtable discussions.

All submissions should be accompanied with the following details: name of applicant, name of institution and contact details. Submissions should be sent to lawgradconference@kent.ac.uk no later than Tuesday 7th April 2015. All submissions will be reviewed and successful applicants will be notified shortly.

KLS hope to offer a limited number of bursaries of up to £100 per person for those wishing to attend the conference who require financial assistance or are travelling from outside the UK. To apply for the bursary please send a CV and a brief statement outlining the need for assistance to lawgradconference@kent.ac.uk.

Information on research topics related to the theme of the conference can be found at http://blogs.kent.ac.uk/klsllm/2015/03/18/311/ 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact lawgradconference@kent.ac.uk

Another Knowledge Transfer job – for STEM or social science PhD

**The deadline for this post has passed, but the information is retained for your further research inspiration**

‘The successful candidate should have a first degree (1st or 2.1 honours degree or equivalent) in a relevant (STEM-related or social science) subject and a PhD in a STEM-related or social science subject. Although the Associate will be a King’s College London employee, they will be predominantly based at EngineeringUK London offices at 246 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EX.

The post would suit someone with a business or academic background, a keen interest in working with schools and business and with research/evaluation experience in the STEM area. The post will be based at EngineeringUK with regular meetings at the Centre for Research in Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at King’s (CRESTEM).’


Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship opportunity

The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) program supports mid-stage graduate students in formulating effective doctoral dissertation research proposals that contribute to the development of interdisciplinary fields of study in the humanities and social sciences. Intended to help emerging scholars make the transition from learners to producers of knowledge within innovative areas of inquiry, the fellowship creates a space for multidisciplinary faculty mentorship and opens unique opportunities for both interdisciplinary and international network building.

For more info: http://www.ssrc.org/programs/dpdf/