ISR Previous Events

2021

15th October 2021
BHM Event: Creative performances using soundscape, spoken word, silhouettes and movement to explore Black History Month themes

You are invited to a day of activities organised by the Research Centre of Art and Wellbeing that will explore the role that the arts, art therapies and psychotherapies play in the lives of many people in helping to express diversity. The last event of the day is a series of performances will explore key issues. The first looks at the term and perception of ‘black’ and what it means to be a black woman in society. The second performance explores human trafficking and slavery during the years since the Brexit vote. Lastly is a silhouette performance looking at ideas around beauty and unconscious bias closely and a dance movement performance that explores oppression narratives.
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15th October 2021
BHM Event: Research at Edge Hill University: Healing racial trauma, problems faced ‘post-Windrush’ and stories from modern slavery.

You are invited to a day of activities organised by the Research Centre of Art and Wellbeing that will explore the role that the arts, art therapies and psychotherapies play in the lives of many people in helping to express diversity. Based on research carried out at Edge Hill that examines the key themes of Black History Month, speakers will delve into the impact of racial trauma and how the arts and art therapies can help to heal division. There is also exploration of stories from trafficked people in the UK and a discussion about the effects of the Windrush Scandal on mental health.
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15th October 2021
BHM Event: International perspectives: The role of the arts, arts therapies and psychotherapies in supporting mental health in Black communities.

You are invited to a day of activities organised by the Research Centre of Art and Wellbeing that will explore the role that the arts, art therapies and psychotherapies play in the lives of many people in helping to express diversity. This event explores some of the key issues relating to arts, art therapies and psychotherapies in relation to supporting mental health in black communities. The event will be facilitated by Dr Nisha Sajnani, who is the Director of the Drama Therapy program at New York University.
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15th October 2021
BHM Event: National and local perspectives: Exploring the barriers faced by psychotherapy in the UK and the impact on mental health from honour-based abuse

To mark Black History Month you are invited to a day of activities organised by the Research Centre of Art and Wellbeing that will explore the role that the arts, art therapies and psychotherapies play in the lives of many people in helping to express diversity. Here we will focus on issues within the UK relating to the barriers to inclusion and diversity faced by psychotherapists, and an exploration of the effects of honour-based abuse on mental health.
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12th October 2021
LAUNCH EVENT: Spanish and Latin American Studies Research Group (ESAL)

We invite you to join us at the launch of the Research Group in Spanish and Latin American Studies (ESAL) at Edge Hill University. At this inaugural event we welcome special guests the Paraguayan Ambassador, Genaro V. Pappalardo, who will bring us closer to Paraguay, Dr Joaquín Cortés who will talk about colonialism in Latin America, and Professor Anthony Grant who will share with us his knowledge about languages in contact.
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6th October 2021
BHM Workshop: Speaking Up and Speaking Out Our Truths

For Information: A workshop for Black and Minority Ethnic Staff and Students. This session will be hosted by Dr Joy Gana-Inatimi and aims to provide a safe and open space for Black and other minority students and staff to share their lived experiences. We are encouraging sharing these experiences so we can identify issues that need to be acknowledged and addressed as individuals and as a community.
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27th September 2021
Critical Awards in Television 2021 – Awards Ceremony

The Critical Awards in Television celebrate television in ways that are not often considered by other awards. This year, it’s all about the fact that television kept going during a pandemic that forced us all to stay at home.  The Award Ceremony will this year take place on 27th September 2021, from 6.00 – 8.30pm at Wavertree Town Hall, Liverpool. We are restricted to 60 spaces to keep the awards Covid-safe.
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19th July – 6th August 2021
Critical Studies in Television Slow Covid-Safe Conference 2021

Where to, Television Studies? What directions are there to investigate? What are the themes that are important as the medium morphs and changes? What methodological challenges do these changes pose to Television Studies and what place does television history continue to hold within our discipline? Organised by Critical Studies in Television, ECREA Television Studies and the Department of Media and Performing Arts, Edge Hill University, and promoted by ISR, this conference will be a space where we can come together to set the agenda for television research and education.
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2nd July 2021
Conference: Victims of Terrorism and State Responses

The Law and Criminology Department at Edge Hill University, alongside the Institute for Social Responsibility and in partnership with The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation have collaborated to present an interdisciplinary-based conference looking at how the criminal justice system accommodates and assists the victims of terrorism. The event is sponsored by The Modern Law Review Seminar Fund.
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2nd July 2021
Turning Disaster into Opportunity

FESTIVAL OF IDEAS
Global health has taken centre stage over the past year – but what impact has the pandemic had on environmental health? In the final Festival of Ideas event, we’re looking ahead to the future to ask whether in the midst of disaster lies opportunity. Edge Hill experts will talk about their latest research and will finish the session with a quiz to test your environmental know-how.
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1st July 2021
Recovery and Renewal: The future of Primary Care Research

FESTIVAL OF IDEAS
The pandemic has posed the greatest challenge to the NHS in living memory and research played a vital role in shaping the NHS response. As the UK now moves into a phase of recovery and renewal, we ask what the priorities are for primary care research – and the opportunities and challenges it may bring.
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30th June 2021
The Untold (animal) Stories of COVID-19

FESTIVAL OF IDEAS
This special event will delve into the COVID-19 narrative to uncover the stories that haven’t been told by the mainstream media. The panel will review the last 18 months of world events, from standing on the brink of a global pandemic, to the international finger-pointing at who or what is to blame for the crisis. Covid-19 marks a turning point in human history – a pivotal moment demanding we rethink our relations with animals. These are the stories we need to tell.
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28th June 2021
Edge Talks
FESTIVAL OF IDEAS

To kick off this year’s Festival of Ideas, Edge Hill is bringing you its own TED Talk inspired spin-off ‘Edge Talks’. The series of punchy 10-minute talks will be delivered by a variety of inspirational speakers on a topic of their choice under the theme of Renewal.
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24th to 25th June 2021
EACAS 2021: Appraising Critical Animal Studies

The Centre for Human-Animal Studies is delighted to be the host for the 7th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Critical Animal Studies (EACAS). The conference will be virtual and will take place on Thursday June 24- Friday 25th 2021. Online registration for the conference is now open.
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22nd June 2021
Methodologies for International Collaborative Partnerships in Education
Professor Petra Engelbrecht

Sponsored by ISR and organised by the Participative and Action Research Network, this webinar welcomes Petra Engelbrecht who will share her personal experiences of the development of international collaborative partnerships in education.  The Participative and Action Research Network encompasses research which is participative and community focused. It includes participatory research, community research, action research, design-based research, practitioner research and other forms of research which aim to be inclusive, researching with participants, rather than on participants
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10th June 2021
Webinar: Volunteer Stories in Gardens as SDG Metrics

Nick Catahan, Edge Hill University
Sponsored by ISR and organised by SustainNET this event looks at Nick’s latest research with Botanic Garden partners across England, Scotland and Wales which explores collective voices of garden volunteers and the power of volunteering and gardens. This project is creating resources and a means to facilitate lobbying, networking and of course teaching, learning, academic use and publication regarding SDGs, and related metrics with a focus on transformative health and wellbeing outcomes of volunteering in gardens, and much more.
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3rd June 2021
ISR Knowledge Exchange Event:

Communicating Health Messages and Risks to Minority Groups in the Wirral
During this informal knowledge exchange event we will explore the health communication risks associated with a rapidly growing and increasingly ethnically diverse population on the Wirral peninsula. In partnership with Wirral Change and the Migration Working Group-North West this event will bring together different stakeholders to find answers to questions such as ‘how can local government and health practitioners address associated risks and challenges and communicate more effectively’?
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27th May 2021
ISR Knowledge Exchange Event:

Re-imagining shared, sustainable urban futures: supporting asylum seekers and refugees during COVID-19 in Liverpool
Community projects are a particularly interesting research area within the umbrella of social protection for asylum seekers and refugees (ASRs) in the context of disadvantaged neighbourhoods. And regenerating urban areas like Liverpool have a fast changing landscape – both of their material features and social relations. This event will bring together different stakeholders working with ASRs in Liverpool before and during the pandemic, within the broad framework of sustainability.
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19th May 2021
Webinar: Evaluating our Work on Sustainable Development Goals: The Human Capability Approach

Prof John Sandars, Edge hill University
Sponsored by ISR and organised by SustainNET. An essential aspect of both education for sustainability and the practical implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals is the evaluation of the outcome. The human capability approach offers a person-centred evaluation of what is valued. The different methods and challenges of using the capability approach will be discussed.
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18th May 2021
Film Screening: The Atom: A Love Affair

Vicki Lesley & Dr Philippa Holloway
The Atom: a Love Affair is a sweeping story of technological obsession, political imperatives and powerful, conflicting passions. The film is an ambitious international feature documentary spanning more than 7 decades and 5 different countries, exploring the West’s rollercoaster love-hate relationship with nuclear power since the end of World War 2. It’s a dramatic tale of belief, betrayal, intrigue and hope, told by the scientists, engineers, politicians and campaigners who experienced it first-hand. The screening will be followed by Q&A with the filmmaker, Vicki Lesley, and author and nuclear psychogeographer, Dr Philippa Holloway.
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7th May 2021
100 Years of Women at the BBC

Critical Studies in Television Workshop
In 2022, one hundred years will have passed since the formation of the British Broadcasting Company, later to become the pioneering public service broadcaster best known as the BBC. This workshop will explore one specific aspect of the BBC’s history: its relationship with women. The workshop will present fresh and innovative work-in-progress research on women at the BBC. Presentations will explore the careers of some pioneering female workers at the BBC. The workshop aims to shed fresh light on influential figures such as Grace Wyndham Goldie and Jill Craigie; to draw attention to careers that are often overlooked – such as gramophone operators or production designers; to re-examine forgotten on-screen personalities; and to consider women’s contributions to prestigious BBC strands such as Play for Today.
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5th May 2021
Webinar: Community Wealth Building in Skelmersdale: Supporting small local enterprises

Dr Victoria Foster, ISR Associate Director & Claire Cooper, Community Researcher
Sponsored by ISR and organised by SustainNET, this webinar looks at community wealth building – an ethical approach to economics. One of its substantive pillars involves supporting the generative economy. This is an economy that is socially fair and ecological, and ensures that wealth remains in communities. This webinar discusses a small-scale participatory research project that took place in Skelmersdale, exploring the benefits, and the barriers and challenges they faced.
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29th April 2021
Webinar: Addressing the SDGs with Primary Education

Louise Hawxwell, Edge Hill University
Sponsored by ISR and organised by SustainNET, this webinar will discuss the importance of teacher education addressing complex issues linked to the SDGs, including climate and ecological justice, gender inequalities, and so on. There is a current lack of pedagogical strategies for exploring these in the classroom. Louise Hawxwell, Senior Lecturer in Children, Education and Communities, will look at some of the ways in which they may be delivered through the ITT curriculum drawing on examples from her own practice.
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21st April 2021
Webinar: Participatory Research in the Pandemic:
Doing Socially Distanced Social Responsibility
Overcoming digital divides, building social connections and acting in a socially responsible way in the midst of a global pandemic isn’t easy. COVID-19 has exacerbated existing inequalities, with those already experiencing digital poverty excluded from what was an almost exclusively digital policy response. This webinar series discusses how or indeed if we can do socially distanced social responsibility. In the third of our ISR series on Socially Distanced Social Responsibility we focus on participatory research.
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21st April 2021
Webinar: Sustainability through the Lens of Development Education and Global Learning

Dr Andrea Bullivant
Sponsored by ISR and organised by SustainNET, this webinar looks at the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4.7 which emphasises the role of education in promoting human rights, gender equality and peace, alongside and interconnected with sustainable development. Drawing on her experience in the field of Development Education and Global Learning, Dr Andrea Bullivant will share alternative lenses or frameworks for engaging with sustainability and related challenges; argue for the contribution of Development and Global Learning in bringing holistic and critical perspectives to sustainability; and provide insight into the landscape of organisations and movements working to reorientate education towards SDG 4.7
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15th April 2021
Webinar: Life in the Canopy – Sustainable Forest Management and Conservation

Sponsored by ISR and organised by SustainNET, in this talk Dr Anne Oxbrough and Dr Sven Batke will talk about forest canopies being one of the most biodiverse habitats on our planet. We will examine the global importance of forest canopies, their diversity and sustainable conservation management and advances in access that allowed us to push the boundaries of scientific investigations. We will be discussing state of the art research and draw from personal experience studying forest canopies in Ireland, the UK and Central America.
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14th April 2021
‘Narrating Childhood with Children and Young People:
Diverse Contexts, Methods and Stories of Everyday Life’

This book launch brings together scholarly and practitioner audiences from Edge Hill University and beyond to discuss the importance of young people’s voices to policy, practice, and research, facilitating commentary and debate about the significance accorded to children’s everyday experiences and storytelling. It is of significance therefore to non-academic and academic audiences working with children and youth and those who are interested in sociology, social work, social care, teaching, youth work and other professions.
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24th March 2021
EdgeTalks – Covid-19: A Year On?

In Spring 2020, the Institute for Social Responsibility asked the Edge Hill University research community to submit articles on a range of issues detailing how the pandemic has affected their field. They responded with a range and depth of posts so vast that it now stands as an historic document charting our immediate response to the pandemic. We now invite you to join us to mark the anniversary of lockdown on Wednesday 24th March 2021, where 5 of our original bloggers will give their take on one of the overarching themes of the blog. Using their original blog as a launchpad, they will look back and look forward, to assess the impact of the pandemic and what might happen next. This event takes the form of an ‘Edge Talk’, with no more than 10 minutes per speaker/blogger.
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22nd March 2021
Conference: 1989-1991: The Birth Of Contemporary Europe?
Undergraduate History Conference

All are most welcome! This conference marking the 30th anniversary of 1989-1991: The Birth Of Contemporary Europe?, postponed from March last year, will now be going ahead on Monday 22 March as an online event, with contributions from students, colleagues, external speakers and historical witnesses. The conference includes a range of perspectives and insights on this dynamic period of European history; some of the content is pre-recorded and to be viewed in advance for discussion on the day, the rest of the content is live. With MANY thanks to all the contributors, from our Edge Hill community and beyond.
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17th March 2021
Webinar: Young People and the Pandemic: Doing Socially Distanced Social Responsibility
Overcoming digital divides, building social connections and acting in a socially responsible way in the midst of a global pandemic isn’t an easy task. COVID-19 has exacerbated existing inequalities, with those already experiencing digital poverty, excluded from what was an almost exclusively digital policy response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This webinar series will discuss how or indeed if we can do socially distanced social responsibility. In the second of our ISR Series on Socially Distanced Social Responsibility we will be focussing on the pandemic experiences of young people, asking how young people and youth work can be socially distanced, and sharing examples of enacting online and ‘covid-safe’ social responsibility with young people.
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10th March 2021
Conference: Education for Sustainability at Edge Hill University
This collaborative online conference will provide an opportunity to bring together a wide range of Edge Hill University colleagues, including academics and students, with members of local community organisations to develop a sustainable and reciprocal educational approach. A reciprocal approach ensures that there are mutual benefits for the achievement of SDGs.  Organised by SustainNET and sponsored by the Institute for Social Responsibility at Edge Hill University, this online conference will be facilitated by Liverpool World Centre, a SustainNET partner.
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8th March 2021
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2021
Webinar: Inspiring Innovation in Women’s Social Enterprise

Join us to celebrate International Women’s Day 2021 with a talk from local social entrepreneur Paula Gamester. Paula has long been a role model for women in social enterprise and her own CIC, Connector Media, has provided support and confidence building to many. Paula will speak about the journey that brought her to social entrepreneurialism and will share the insights she has developed along the way.
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8th March 2021
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2021
Webinar: In Conversation with rugby pioneer Gill Burns MBE

To mark International Women’s Day and the 150th anniversary of rugby union, join Women’s Rugby World Cup winner and trailblazer for the sport, Gill Burns MBE, for an empowering talk where she shares her ethos on why you should never let gender stand in the way of your dreams.
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25th February 2021
Webinar: Towards Zero Carbon 2030: Local Manifesto for Merseyside
Ed Gommon and Lena Simic
Sponsored by ISR and organised by SustainNET, this webinar (presented by Ed Gommon and Lena Simic) will outline Local Manifesto as developed by Merseyside Labour for a Green New Deal group, working in collaboration with grassroots climate activists, councillors, MPs and trade unions and building on the event ‘Developing a Zero Carbon Manifesto for Merseyside’ which took place in June 2019. The Manifesto offers concrete proposals on what can be done locally within ten areas which affect the green transition: jobs, housing, energy, green space, transport, health, race, learning, waste and democracy.
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16th February 2021
Webinar: RE100 & the Global Electricity Transition
Ross Mitchell from RE100
Sponsored by ISR and organised by SustainNET, this webinar welcomes Ross Mitchell from RE100 to talk about Global Electricity Transition and look at the following: A brief history of how we got to where we are today; Why do we need to make this transition? What is RE100’s role in enabling and supporting that transition? What do we need to achieve and by when to align with the Paris Agreement?
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2nd February 2021
Webinar: Regenerative River Republic and Education for Thrivability
Dr Tim Saunders (Edge Hill University)
Sponsored by ISR and organised by SustainNET. The Manchester-Mersey bioregion arguably needs a joined-up approach to One Planet thinking for two city regions in a way that builds on the legacy of the Mersey basin Campaign and current catchment-based approach of the Mersey Rivers Trust. In this webinar, Dr Tim Saunders (EHU Department for Children, Education and Communities) envisions a Regenerative River Republic with a bioregional meta-pedagogy that seeks to integrate education for Wellbeing, Resilience and Sustainability, which he calls Education for Thrivability.
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28th January 2021
Webinar: What Makes for Good Community Cohesion? Lessons from Windrush
Anthony Brown, Chairman of Preston Windrush

A series of changes to immigration and nationality laws since 1948 culminated in the ‘Windrush Scandal’ in 2018. The Wendy Williams ‘Windrush Lessons Learned Review’ states there has been harm done to the African Caribbean community as a whole and the question, therefore, arises what is the harm, but more importantly, what can be done to repair the damage to community cohesion?  This event is part of ISR’s ‘What Makes A Good Society?’ series which is intended to engage the public, professionals and practitioners as well as academics.
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19th January 2021
Webinar: Race Relations in the United States: The Trump Legacy and the Biden Presidency

The day before the US Presidential inauguration this online discussion forum, with three leading authorities from the United States, will examine the legacy of the Trump administration on race. It will assess the extent to which the Biden Presidency provides opportunities for change, and the lessons that might be learnt from the United States for race relations in Britain and Europe. Organised by ISR and the International Centre for Racism at Edge Hill University.
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13th January 2021
Webinar: How do you do Socially Distanced Social Responsibility?

This session will consider how to do social responsibility in a socially distanced way. When the UK entered its first lockdown in March 2020, community groups and voluntary sector organisations were forced to move to online delivery. This has continued to the present time and has exacerbated existing inequalities, with those already experiencing digital poverty excluded from what was an almost exclusively digital policy response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  This webinar welcomes John Davis, ISR Visiting Fellow and guest speakers from the Bluecoat Liverpool and Youthfocus North West.
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16th December 2020
Webinar: The Importance and Challenges of Education for Sustainability
Prof John Sandars (Edge Hill University)

Sponsored by ISR and organised by SustainNET. In this webinar, Prof John Sandars (EHU Medical School) argues that a sustainable approach is essential if the potential of Education for Sustainability is to be fully realised, both in the short and long term. This requires embedding Education for Sustainability into all of the formal and informal educational opportunities provided at Edge Hill University but also by ensuring there is a reciprocal process with the wider local, national and international community.
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2nd December 2020
Good Society Series: A peaceful society or a docile one? The impact of transcendental meditation
Barry Spivack
It is generally accepted that Transcendental Meditation increases energy and inner peace on the individual level, but can it produce a similar effect on society? Barry’s book, written with Patricia Saunders, An Antidote to Violence: Evaluating the Evidence, examines 20 peer-reviewed studies and 50 demonstrations suggesting that it can. The seminar will offer an opportunity for lively debate.  This event is part of the series of ISR’s ‘What Makes A Good Society?’ sessions which are intended to engage the public, professionals and practitioners as well as academics.
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2nd December 2020
Online Launch Event – #BLM: What Must We Do Now?
International Centre for Racism Conference
Introducing the International Centre for Racism at Edge Hill University. The ICR delivers advanced research on global questions concerning racism, with a commitment to engaging in the study of all racisms, including antisemitism. Join us for a lunch-hour of lightning talks from staff and students across Edge Hill as we officially launch the International Centre on Racism and turn to the question, #BLM: What Must We Do Now?
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24th November 2020
Webinar: Chamber Low Carbon – Helping Local Business Become More Sustainable
Stephen Sykes from Chamber Low Carbon
Sponsored by ISR and organised by SustainNET, this webinar welcomes Stephen Sykes from Chamber Low Carbon to explain how his organisation helps local businesses decarbonise their activities and operations, and become more sustainable. Chamber Low Carbon was formed as a partnership between East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, Businesswise Solutions Ltd and BOOST to help Lancashire businesses save money by reducing their carbon footprint.
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23rd to 25th November 2020
CENTRING RACE IN HISTORY: Antiquity to the Present
International Centre for Racism Conference
What should be the place of race in historiography and historical practice? The aim of our conference is to confront the marginalization of race in history, and to consider how we can centre race in our discipline: theoretically, methodologically, and empirically.
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17th November 2020
Webinar: Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development & the Sustainable Development Goals
Dr Alison Clark from the Liverpool World Centre
Goal 17 is about working in partnership to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Goal 17:14 states that Policy Coherence is an essential aspect of sustainable development. So, what does PCSD look like in practice? How does it help us to meet the SDGs, and why is it so important? Sponsored by ISR and organised by SustainNET, this webinar welcomes Dr Alison Clark from the Liverpool World Centre who will survey recent UK activity on the SDGs at government level including the challenge of measuring progress towards the Goals.
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11th November 2020
Webinar: CREATE Network – International Research Seminar
Hosted by Dr Mary McAteer and Dr Claire Hawkins
Hear researchers share insights from their participatory research. Topics include ‘Methodologies for international collaborative partnerships in education’ and ‘The intra-activity of documentation practices in Early Childhood Education’. Sponsored by ISR, CREATE is an interdisciplinary research network focused on the values, purposes and methodological issues in research, across widely varying substantive areas of expertise.
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10th November 2020
Webinar: Climate Action Through Trade Agreements
Professor Christopher Dent from Edge Hill University Business School
Sponsored by ISR and organised by SustainNET, this webinar welcomes Professor Christopher Dent to talk about his research on climate action related measures being integrated into free trade agreements (FTAs) and whether these agreements can make any difference on tackling climate change.
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6th November 2020
Book Launch: The Routledge Handbook of Athlete Welfare
Dr Melanie Lang, Edge Hill University

At a time when the welfare of athletes has featured heavily in national and international headlines for all the wrong reasons, The Centre for Child Protection and Safeguarding in Sport (CPSS), in collaboration with the Institute for Social Responsibility, is pleased to host a public event to celebrate the launch of CPSS assistant director Dr Melanie Lang’s latest book, The Routledge Handbook of Athlete Welfare.
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4th November 2020
Good Society Series: What Makes a Good Church
John Davis, ISR Visiting Fellow
This event is the latest in the series of ISR’s ‘What Makes A Good Society?’ sessions which are intended to engage the public, professionals and practitioners as well as academics. This time we are focusing on the church. One seminar cannot possibly cover the whole range of churches across the world but as an ‘old stager’ in Christian ministry join ISR Visiting Fellow John Davis as he muses on what a ‘good church in 21st century ‘ might look like.
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27th October 2020
Webinar: Fast Fashion Needs to Slow Down
Sponsored by ISR and organised by SustainNET. In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of sustainability problems facing the fashion industry. ‘Fast fashion’ in particular has and will continue to cause widespread environmental damage, from chemical waste to unethical work practices if we do not act soon. Jenna Foskett and Michelle Li will be talking about these problems further and diving into how we, as individuals, can make a difference by using sustainable fashion as consumers.
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13th October 2020
Webinar: The 2030hub at Work
David Connor from the 2030hub in Liverpool gives a talk about the work of his organisation. Promoting others to adopt relevant aspects of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as their own organisational goals. Sponsored by ISR and organised by SustainNET. SustainNET was established in February 2020 as a network of individuals based at Edge Hill University who are passionate about sustainability.
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23rd June 2020
‘Social Responsibility and a Green Liberal society post Covid-19’
Professor Jo Crotty, Director: Institute for Social Responsibility
Michael Meadowcroft, former Liberal MP and radical Liberal thinker in Yorkshire
The speakers will tackle the issues of Social Responsibility of Business in the emerging economic recovery phase after the pandemic lockdown. Working with a “New Normal” attempting to improve the environment to match the expectations we have after the lockdown. This session is part of the Green Liberal Democrats Online Conference and Festival, co-hosted by Keith Melton, Chair GLD and Cllr Jane Brophy, former MEP for the North West.
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18th June 2020
Arts and Therapy in the Time of the Pandemic
In collaboration with the International Arts Therapies Doctoral Alliance led by New York University, join us for a stimulating and insightful day of online presentations, panel discussions and workshops exploring the contribution of the arts and arts psychotherapies to health and wellbeing during the 2020 pandemic. Organised by the Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing
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18th June 2020
EN4R e-conference: ‘Private renting in a time of crisis‘
It is a timely opportunity to reflect on the issues that have dominated the Private Rented Sector (PRS) literature to date, the PRS in the context of Covid-19, and what the implications of these are for the future. Brought to you by the Evidence Network for Renting, EN4R and promoted by ISR.
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13th March 2020
Film Screening: Permission
Dir: Soheil Beiraghi, 2018 (Iran) 88 minutes
Chester International Film Festival, sponsored by ISR: Permission is a Handmaid’s Tale taken straight from the headlines. In 2015, Niloufar Ardalan was captain of the Iranian women’s indoor football team, which had just reached the Asian Championships final in Malaysia. Incredibly, she was prevented from playing, because her TV presenter husband would not give her the permission to travel abroad that married women in Iran legally need. Introduced by Professor Roger Shannon has produced more than 25 UK award winning feature films. Until recently, he was also Professor of Film and Television at Edge Hill University.
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12th March 2020
Film Screening: The Whistlers
Dir: Corneliu Porumboiu, 2019 (Romania) 98 minutes
Chester International Film Festival, sponsored by ISR: A corrupt Bucharest cop who has become involved in the drug money laundering setup he has been investigating finds himself on the island of La Gomera to be schooled in the local tradition of silbo whistling – the art of communicating in a whistled version of Spanish.  The mobsters use it as a code that the police can’t crack.  Director, Porumboiu gives us a knotty, twisty, nifty plot that’s quite involved but hangs together well. Introduced by Professor Claire Parkinson, a specialist in independent cinema. She is also Professor of Film, Television and Digital Media at Edge Hill University and the ISR Fellow.
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11th March 2020
Film Screening: And Then We Danced
Dir: Levan Akin, 2019 (Georgia/Sweden) 113 minutes
Chester International Film Festival, sponsored by ISR: Merab, a young Georgian from a family of dancers, has been training all his life for a career with the National Georgian Ballet. Merab’s biggest obstacle to overcome is the fact he starts to have feelings for a newly arrived fellow dancer, who happens to be not only also a man but his main rival for a much-desired spot at the Ballet. The subject of anti-LGBT protests when it was released in Georgia in 2019, the film juxtaposes the conservative world of both Georgia and Georgian dance, with the freedom of self-discovery. Introduced by Professor Jo Crotty, a specialist in the former Soviet Union, and ISR Director.
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6th to 15th March 2020
Chester International Film Festival 
ISR is proud to sponsor the 34th annual Chester International Film Festival (CIFF), organised by Chester Film Society in association with Storyhouse. From the Cold War drama Balloon to the controversial coming of age feature And Then We Danced, the exciting programme is designed to encourage discussion, with noted speakers introducing each film.
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27th February 2020
ISR Knowledge Exchange: What Does Good Meaningful Participation Look Like?

Tanhouse Community Centre, Skelmersdale
This knowledge exchange event is organised by ISR in collaboration with West Lancashire Partnership. The workshop is designed to explore what meaningful participation looks like and will introduce various models of good practice. A creative exercise will enable participants to consider how this learning might be applied in the context of West Lancashire and specifically for neighbourhood development.
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23rd January 2020
A Russian Retrospective: Myths, Misogyny and Management
Professor Jo Crotty, ISR Director
In her Inaugural lecture, Professor Jo Crotty will reflect on her time as both a consultant and academic, working, living and researching in Russia during a time of unprecedented change, now 25 years after her first visit to the former Soviet Union. From the fall of the Soviet Union on Christmas Day 1991 to her her recent project on #MeToo and the Russian Women’s Movement, Jo will offer a very personal insight into the changing nature of Russian society and the challenges it presents, particularly to the lone, female researcher.
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17th January 2020
‘Multispecies Storytelling’ AHRC network event
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‘Who speaks on behalf of nature?’. This symposium is the inaugural event of the AHRC funded network, ‘Multispecies storytelling: more than human narratives about landscape’. The event brings together a range of invited participants to consider who is enabled to speak on behalf of nature and which narratives about environments and landscape are privileged or ignored as a consequence. Network PI is Professor Claire Parkinson (Dept of Media, Co-Director, Centre for Human Animal Studies). Claire is the 2019/20 ISR Fellow.

15th January 2020
‘Pussy Panic’ and Glass Elevators:
How gender is shaping the field of Animal Studies’

Prof Fiona Probyn-Rapsey, University of Wollongong
Organised by the Centre for Human Animal Studies (CfHAS) and supported by ISR. Animal Studies is currently torn between rising academic respectability and a ‘pussy panic’ in male scholars (‘proximity to this feminized realm’ of ‘siding with animals’). This event questions whether or not the academic legitimacy the field deserves has also brought with it a privileging of men’s voices as it has developed over the years.
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8th January 2020
ISR Knowledge Exchange Symposia: Imagining New Civic Interactions
Tanhouse Community Centre, Skelmersdale
This ISR knowledge exchange symposium provides an opportunity to hear from leading experts and participate in discussions on 3 of the major topics of the day: Community Wealth Building; New Municipalism; and The Civic University.  Join us for a morning of discussion, networking and debate. How could the university serve its local community more? How might community wealth building be taken forward in West Lancashire?
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2019

22nd November 2019
‘Policing Football’ 
The Department of Law and Criminology, the Centre for Sports Law Research and the Policing Research Unit are pleased to announce an early evening discussion on ‘Policing Football’. Topics for discussion include: Alcohol control: is it time for reform? Safe-standing: opportunity or risk? Football Banning Orders: Effective or punitive? Policing costs: Who pays? Fan culture: Where do the boundaries lie?
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20th November 2019
‘Using the Creative Industries for Good: Eco-feminism and Ethical Living’
Rachel McClelland, CEO and Founder, Planet Shine
Humanity is at a critical point; as a result of the IPCC report, the rise of Extinction Rebellion and the media coverage of Greta Thunberg, the climate emergency is centre stage. It is claimed that the sustainability revolution will be bigger than the agricultural, industrial and digital revolutions combined.  It’s a frightening but potentially exciting time. We have the opportunity to save the planet and change our lives for the better, forever. But to what degree can creative industries play a role in saving the planet?
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14th November 2019
ISR Book Launch: ‘Trophy Hunting, A Psychological Perspective’
with author Professor Geoff Beattie
Geoff Beattie introduces his new book which explores the psychology of trophy hunting from a critical perspective and considers the reasons why some people engage in the controversial activity of killing often endangered animals for sport.  Geoff is joined in conversation by Will Travers and Dr Mark Jones of the Born Free Foundation.
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6th November 2019
Knowledge Exchange Event: ‘Sustainability in the Region’
This ISR knowledge exchange event will bring together academics from Edge Hill University working on a broad range of sustainability-related subjects with organisations and individuals from our local region involved in sustainability work. It will build Edge Hill University’s existing ‘knowledge exchange’ partnerships in this area and develop new ones.
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26th – 27th October 2019
Festival of Ideas – ISR Event
‘Dancing with Health’

As part of the Dancing with Health pan-European project, this is a free training weekend for dancers, health or exercise professionals who are interested in the physical and psychological benefits of movement and dance. Learn about the dance programme designed to support women with breast cancer.
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23rd October 2019
Festival of Ideas – ISR Event
‘A Celebration of 60 Years of Trinity Girls Brass Band’

This year marks the 60th anniversary year for the band which is still the only all-female contesting Brass Band in the UK. The concert will feature a wide range of musical genres ranging from a classical overture, traditional brass band marches and band repertoire and well-loved tunes from stage and screen.
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21st October 2019
Festival of Ideas – ISR Event
‘Edge Talks’

As part of this year’s Festival of Ideas, Edge Hill’s three Research Institutes are delighted to host our very own Edge Talks. Bringing you our very own take on a series of influential and inspiring talks, the University’s three Research Institutes are delighted to be welcoming a variety of speakers to give their very own ‘Edge Talk’ on a topic of their choice.
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21st October 2019
Festival of Ideas – ISR Event
Britain’s ‘Brown Babies’: the stories of children born to black GIs and white women in the Second World War’

As part of this year’s Festival of Ideas, ISR is delighted to be welcoming author Lucy Bland. Lucy introduces her book which recounts a little-known history of the estimated 2,000 babies born to black GIs and white British women in the second world war.
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14th – 27th October 2019
Festival of Ideas

‘Exchanges: Creativity, Community, Curiosity’
During October 2019 Edge Hill University will host its fourth Festival of Ideas which explores the theme of ‘Exchanges: Creativity, Community, Curiosity’ in a stimulating programme of events. The festival will be programmed by Edge Hill University’s three Research Institutes, ISR, ICE and HRI.
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16th October 2019
‘Private Money – Public Policy: Can we ever use private money to advance good public policy? 
Professor Michael Roy, Glasgow Caledonian University
We welcome Professor Roy who joins us to talk about Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). Recognised as a novel financing mechanism for public services, there is seemingly no end to the enthusiasm for SIBs from governments all across the world, despite a surprising lack of evidence on their effectiveness.
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27th September 2019
ISR LAUNCH EVENT: Afternoon Tea with an MEP
Jane Brophy, North West MEP
To celebrate the launch of ISR we invite you join us for an afternoon tea and conversation with Jane Brophy North West MEP, where she will discuss her views on social responsibility, including the impact of Brexit on climate change, public health, and what it’s like to be an MEP.
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25th September 2019
What Makes for Good Youth Engagement?
Stuart Dunne, CEO Youthfocus NW
This event is the latest in the series of ISR’s ‘What Makes A Good Society?’ sessions which are intended to engage the public, professionals and practitioners as well as academics. Our last public seminar ‘What Makes an Economy Good?’ included contributions from a range of professionals and academics. This latest session will ask ‘What makes for Good Youth Engagement?’ and we’ll be joined by Stuart Dunne, CEO Youthfocus NW.
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5th September 2019
Launch Event: Art Does Not Get You a Job
ISR is delighted to sponsor the launch of a new arts resilience network supporting those looking to establish and sustain viable careers in the wider arts.  This event takes place at the Poetry Café, Covent Garden, London.
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22nd June 2019
Youthforia – The North West Youth Forum
On Saturday 22nd June young people and workers from all 23 North West local authority youth councils will come together to debate, discuss and learn about sustainability, and perfect their public speaking skills at the first British Youth Council Convention of the year. Sponsored by I4P and coordinated by Youth Focus NW, this event takes place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.
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22nd May 2019
STAR (Student Action for Refugees)

Maddy Robinson of STAR will be speaking about the work of this national NGO, formed by students, which now makes up a national network. She will be discussing the diverse voluntary work carried out by students across the UK, and their influential campaign work including changing universities’ policies for HE Access. Organised by Edge Hill University’s Action for Refugees (AfR) and sponsored by I4P, this event takes place at the university’s Ormskirk Campus.
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30th April 2019
What Makes an Economy Good?
Neil McInroy, Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES)

This event is the latest in the series of I4P’s ‘What Makes A Good Society?’ sessions which are intended to engage the public, professionals and practitioners as well as academics. Our last public seminar ‘What Makes for Good Childhood Mental Health?’ included contributions from a range of professionals and academics who work with children. This latest session will ask ‘What makes an economy good?’ and outline how our Global and local economies are going wrong.
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5th April 2019
‘The Psychological Costs of Inequality’

Prof Richard Wilkinson (University of Nottingham Medical School)
I4P is delighted to welcome back Richard Wilkinson. This lecture will focus on the psychological effects of large income differences between rich and poor, using material taken from his and Kate Pickett’s new book, The Inner Level, which shows that inequality is not merely about economics and living standards but affects us all intimately, changing the nature of social life and reducing levels of confidence.
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22nd March 2019
‘Power to the People? Devolution: What Next?’

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region
The first elected Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram, is the former MP for Liverpool Walton, and joins us to explore the health of the current devolution arrangements, and what more might, or should, be done.
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20th March 2019 
Action for Refugees (AfR) – Seminar Series:
RefuAid. Providing a practical response to forced migration. 
Founded in 2015, RefuAid primary focus is to provide solutions to the main barriers facing refugees trying to restart their life in the UK: finance, re-qualification and language tuition.  This seminar will be presented by RefuAid co-founder, Anna Jones, together with one of RefuAid’s former clients.
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9th to 20th March 2019
Chester International Film Festival

We are delighted to announce I4P Director, Prof Jo Crotty, will be curating the 2019 Chester International Film Festival, a remarkable global selection of recent films that share stories and experiences from an array of countries. Three of this year’s films will be introduced by Edge Hill University academics, Prof Owen Evans (Mug), Prof Claire Parkinson (Dogman) and Dr Andrea Wright (Waru).
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8th March 2019 
Migration Working Group – North West’ Seminar:
‘Access to Healthcare in Super-diverse Neighbourhoods’
Prof Simon Pemberton (University of Keele)
I4P is pleased to sponsor this event as part of the Migration Working Group – North West seminar series 2018/19. The talk will discuss how defining features of ‘super-diverse’ neighbourhoods shape residents’ access to healthcare services.
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26th February 2019 
‘What Makes for Good Childhood Mental Health?’
This discussion event is the latest in the series of I4P’s ‘What Makes A Good Society?’ sessions which are intended to engage the public, professionals and practitioners as well as academics. Our last public seminar ‘What Makes a Good Childhood?’ included contributions from a range of professionals and academics who work with children. This latest event continues to look at child wellbeing with a focus on mental health. It will be led by Edge Hill University’s Vicki Coppock, Professor of Social Sciences: Childhood Studies and Mental Health.
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25th February 2019 
Migration Working Group – North West Seminar:
‘Shaping health care in-between the borders: Transnational health protection practices among Ecuadorian migrants in Italy’
Dr Simone Castellani (University Institute of Lisbon)
Sponsored by I4P, this event is part of the Migration Working Group – North West seminar series 2018/19. This paper will focus on how migrants combine different resources coming from their networks, the State, the Market, the NGOs, both in destination as in origin, for granting health care to themselves and to the members of their transnational domestic group.
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8th February 2019
‘Domestic and International Prosecution of War Crimes: Achievements and Challenges’
Judge Keith Raynor, Vice-President, Kosovo Specialist Chambers
Niccolò Pons, Associate Legal Officer, Kosovo Specialist Chambers
Guest Lecture on the occasion of the launch of The Companion to International Humanitarian Law. The lecture by His Honour Judge Keith Raynor will focus on the challenges of prosecuting war crimes at the national and international level. Subsequently, Mr. Niccolò Pons, Legal Officer in the Chambers of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, will present his volume The Companion to International Humanitarian Law, following up on the issues raised by Judge Raynor.
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7th February 2019
Police Research Unit Annual Lecture:
‘Policing should be fair and equal for all. So why isn’t it?’
Chief Constable Andy Cooke, Merseyside Police
The Police Research Unit in the Department of Law and Criminology hosts an annual public lecture in policing. Now in its fourth year, we welcome Chief Constable Andy Cooke who will be considering vital issues of fairness and equality in policing.
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7th February 2019
Migration Working Group – North West’ Seminar:
‘Language, Citizenship and Postcolonial Languaging’
Prof Anne-Marie Fortier (Lancaster University)
I4P is delighted to sponsor this event as part of the Migration Working Group – North West seminar series 2018/19. The talk will focus on language requirements for immigrant seeking permanent residency or citizenship, and how race and language are deeply connected through the entanglement of regimes of seeing with regimes of hearing.
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2018

15th November 2018
I4P ANNUAL EVENT:  ‘Land of Promise’
Land of Promise is a words & music presentation which journeys through three and a half centuries of radical thought, writing & song about the connections between art, social justice and our living environment. Presented by the Arts Centre in partnership with Edge Hill University’s Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice
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15th November 2018
Migration Working Group – North West’ Seminar:
Online Arabic from Palestine and ‘linguistic hospitality’
Dr Giovanna Fassetta (University of Glasgow)

As part of the Migration Working Group – North West seminar series 2018/19 this presentation will discuss the process of online collaboration to design an Online Arabic language course, a project funded by the AHRC under their GCRF scheme.
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25th to 27th October 2018
2018 CARN Conference – Voicing and Valuing: Daring and Doing
The annual international Collaborative Action Research Network Conference. The theme for conference 2018 is an articulation of the values of CARN, and a recognition of the work of those who strive for equity and social justice. Hosted by the Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University, and supported by the Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice (I4P), this event will be held in Friends Meeting House, Manchester, UK.
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22nd October 2018
Knowledge Democracy and Action Research: Beliefs, Science, Politics and Resistance in Knowledge Production
Prof Lonnie Rowell, University of San Diego
I4P is delighted to welcome Prof Lonnie Rowell, lead editor of the Palgrave International Handbook of Action Research (2017), to Edge Hill University as part of his lecture tour of UK universities. Prof Rowell will speak on knowledge democracy and educational action research in our troubled times. His lecture will address critical issues in action research and participatory action research as they are taking shape within the current crisis of neo-liberalism and the growing authoritarian challenges of Trumpism (and other global authoritarian figures) to democratic society.
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19th October 2018
Migration Working Group – North West’ Seminar:
‘From Political Economy to Political Demography: Beyond Methodological Nationalism’
Prof Adrian Favell (University of Leeds)
I4P is pleased to sponsor the Inaugural Talk of the ‘Migration Working Group – North West’ seminar series, 2018/19. During this discussion Prof Adrian Favell will identify key issues in moving beyond conventional discussions of the political economy of international migration.
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4th October 2018
An Evening with Nicky Morgan
As an outspoken current female MP and former Minister Nicky Morgan will be talking about why a woman’s place is in the House of Commons, why the 100th anniversary of women being able to vote and the election of the first female MP should be widely celebrated, and why questions about the next steps in the electoral franchise should never stop – meaning now is the time to consider if the right to vote should be extended to all 16 year olds across the UK.

4th October 2018
Exhibition and Public Talk: Growing up in Afghanistan, Mr Guy Smallman
Guy Smallman is a self taught, London based photojournalist. He has worked all over the world in many different countries and environments specializing in social issues like human rights and poverty. Edge Hill University will be home to a ten day exhibition of his work involving a display of selected photographs from Mr Smallman’s time in Afghanistan. Mr Smallman joins us on the 4th October to discuss his work and answer questions.
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3rd October 2018
Book Launch: ‘Theorising Childhood: Citizenship, Right and Participation’
Edited by Claudio Baraldi and Tom Cockburn
Professor Tom Cockburn (Edge Hill University) will discuss the relevance of the book to current ideas and politics, joined by contributors to the collection: Federico Farini, Barry Percy-Smith and Nigel Thomas. Discussion of the issues arising with participants will be welcome. Hosted by the Children, Young People and Social Change Research Network.
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27th September 2018
‘Social Justice in Troubling Times: What does it mean and what’s to be done? Critical issues in socially just research and practice’
Annual Conference for Research in Education (ACRE)
This is the tenth ACRE event to be held at Edge Hill University, bringing together researchers and educational professionals to debate educational research and its impact..
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18th September 2018
‘Feminism and Education’ Seminar Series:
Teachers, Gender and the Feminisation Debate
Prof Marie-Pierre Moreau (Anglia Ruskin University)
I4P is pleased to sponsor this event as part of the ‘Feminism and Education’ seminar series. Teaching is often constructed as a ‘feminised’ profession, and during this talk Prof Marie-Pierre Moreau will critically engage with this claim and analyse the way gender and power play out in the lives of men and women teachers.
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28th August 2018
What makes a Good Childhood?
This event is the latest in the series of I4P’s ‘What Makes A Good Society?’ sessions which are intended to engage the public, professionals and practitioners as well as academics. We last met in Spring 2018 to discuss ‘What Makes a Good University?’ This time we are focusing on childhood and are keen to welcome parents and people who work with children in any capacity.
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14th June 2018
Neoliberalism, Marketisation and Higher Education
Professor Roger Brown, Southampton Solent University
Roger Brown is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education Policy and former Vice Chancellor of Southampton Solent University. For the past ten years he has been studying and writing about the marketisation of higher education (both internationally and in Britain), economic inequality and, most recently, Neoliberalism. This lecture will tease out the various connections between them. In particular it will show how, through marketisation, Neoliberalism is having the same impact on the provision of higher education as it is on society and the economy more generally. 
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1st June 2018
Artistic Methodologies for Social Justice Symposium
Dr Victoria Foster
The arts can provide effective ways of working with marginalised communities to produce knowledge about their lives and to communicate this knowledge to a wider audience. There is a growing interest in the ways that visual arts, poetry, drama and music can be employed to highlight social inequalities and to provide solutions to them. 
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21st May 2018
Merseyside health – why is it worse than elsewhere?
Health inequalities in Merseyside have long been a topic for public debate. Despite significant media attention there has been little progress over the years. This round table discussion has been organised with experts from public health, academia and representatives from charitable organisations to explore why progress in this area is so slow and what can be done about it. 
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17th May 2018
Festival of Ideas 2018 – Launch Event
Now in it’s third year, the festival is programmed by Edge Hill University’s three Research Institutes (I4P, ICE and PGMI).  The Festival of Ideas is a series of talks, exhibitions and performances to engage academics, students and members of the public in conversations upon a common theme. This year throughout May and June, the festival will explore the prism of Equalities, incorporating the 100th anniversary of women of a certain criteria getting the vote, as well as responding to other current topics in the media. It aims to open up interdisciplinary debate about past injustices and what can be done to work together to formulate an equitable future society. 
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14th May 2018
‘Children’s Literature About Refugees: A Catalyst in the Classroom’
Dr Julia Hope, Goldsmiths College, University of London
This seminar welcomes author Julia Hope to discuss her latest book which addresses one of our most pressing global issues – often called “the migrant crisis” – in a form accessible to younger children. For child refugees to feel that their experiences are validated, and for others to understand their situation, engaging with the growing field of children’s texts on the subject is crucial, and this book is indispensable for educators in the younger age range, and for researchers who are interested in controversial children’s literature.
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26th April 2018
Criminology and Public Theology – On Justice, Mercy and Forgiveness
Organised by the Department of Law and Criminology and sponsored by the North West Branch of the British Society of Criminology and I4P.  This event will be attended by invited individuals.
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23rd April 2018
Adult Literacy – Between the lines; trauma, attachment and relational sciences
Linno Rhodes

We are delighted to welcome, Linno Rhodes, an International research fellow and educator from Australia. Linno’s international fellowship supports knowledge exchange that has the capacity to benefit economic development, vocational training, industry innovation and advancement. The focus of Linno’s presentation will be the exploration of applied research in the areas of trauma, adult attachment theories, and the impact of positive interactions between student/student dyad and teacher/student dyad.
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21st April 2018
MA Education Research Conference
For information: This event is an opportunity for MA Education distance learning students who are studying at Edge Hill University to meet peers and programme tutors, and to talk through aspects of educational research. Professor John Diamond, Director of I4P, will facilitate opening discussions.
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17th April 2018
Police Research Unit Annual Lecture: ‘Futures of Policing: Towards a Cultural Perspective’
Prof Michael Rowe (Northumbria University)
In recent years a ‘perfect storm’ has enveloped British policing. Challenges arising from financial austerity, private sector competition, corruption scandals, and occasional incompetence have resurrected core questions about the proper role of the police service in a democratic society. This public lecture charts the development of recent arguments about the nature and status of the police.
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28th March 2018
What Makes a ‘Good University’?

A discussion facilitated by Professor John Diamond, Director of I4P. This event is a follow up to the ‘What Makes A Good Society‘ sessions which took place in October and June 2017, where we invited participants to discuss how to influence policy-makers and decision-makers, and what the necessary ingredients for a good society are.  We hope to continue the ‘Good Series’ by discussing ‘What makes a Good University’.
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14th March 2018
Food Poverty – Changing the Story

Hunger is increasingly becoming a mode of existence in the UK. Over half a million UK children live in families unable to provide a minimally acceptable diet. Refusal of the UK Government to recognise the existence of, and address food poverty has also resulted in food aid becoming institutionalised in the UK. The purpose of this event is to discuss and debate solutions to address food poverty to change the story of food poverty in the UK. Organised by the Faculty of Health and Social Care, and sponsored by I4P.
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13th March 2018
Health and Wellbeing Needs of Young People in the Justice System

Anne-Marie Douglas (Founder & CEO, Peer Power)
The founder of Peer Power, Anne-Marie Douglas, will discuss her organisation’s partnership work with the National Health Service (London) and how it is influencing the development of health and justice pathways for children and young people experiencing the criminal justice system. This I4P public conference is in association with the Faculty of Health and Social Care.
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27th February 2018
Scanning the Horizon of Statutory Social Work with Children

Dr Ray Jones (Kingston and St George’s)
This public talk is aimed at those with an interest in children’s social work across the North West of England, including practitioners, managers, academics and students. Talks will be delivered by Dr Ray Jones and by a Principal Social Worker from a local authority Children’s Service within the region and will be followed by a question and answer session. Organised by the Faculty of Health and Social Care, and sponsored by I4P.
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30th January 2018
JENGbA – Joint Enterprise: not guilty by association
Jan Cunliffe (JENGbA)
This event will bring together two scholars with different backgrounds, offering theoretical and methodological inter-disciplinary insights on a subject like crime prevention and propose a solution on how it is possible to assess the effectiveness of a large-scale crime prevention policy with an evidence-based evaluation. Organised by the Departments of Applied Health and sponsored by I4P.
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24th January 2018
How is it Possible to Assess the Effectiveness of a Large-scale Crime Prevention Policy

Dr Marco Calaresu (University of Sassari)
Dr Moris Triventi (University of Trento)
This event will bring together two scholars with different backgrounds, offering theoretical and methodological inter-disciplinary insights on a subject like crime prevention and propose a solution on how it is possible to assess the effectiveness of a large-scale crime prevention policy with an evidence-based evaluation. Organised by the Departments of Applied Health and sponsored by I4P.
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2017

11th December 2017
Finding Your Voice as a Teacher in the Context of South Africa
Ms Sinobia Kenny (AIMSSEC)
Sinobia will talk about AIMSSEC (African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Schools Enrichment Centre) and her dissertation study (MA Education, Edge Hill University) and other research undertaken to enable teachers (and herself) find their voice in South Africa.
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16th November 2017
Fourth Annual Lecture: 
‘Never Again – Social Class and Housing Policy After Grenfell’
Lynsey Hanley
Lynsey will be giving a talk about the links between social and spatial inequality in Britain, and the effects of government policies over the last 40 years which have sought to make social housing a tenure of last resort, only available to the most desperately in need. And how this growth in social and economic inequality of the last few decades was a contributing cause of the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower on 14th June, which occurred after a botched refurbishment which residents believed had put them in danger.
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4th November 2017
MA Education Research Conference – EHU Student Event
For Information: This event is an opportunity for MA Education distance learning students who are studying at Edge Hill University to meet peers and programme tutors in talking through aspects of educational research. Professor John Diamond, Director of I4P, will facilitate opening discussions.
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28th October 2017
‘I4P Samhain Celebrations at Burscough Community Farm’
This Samhain event will be attended by an invited group and celebrates the collaboration between Edge Hill University and Burscough Community Farm over the past 18 months during which time I4P’s new Associate Director (External Networking), Dr Victoria Foster, and Edge Hill University’s Dr Barnaby King, have established an innovative programme of arts-based activity at the Farm.
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24th October 2017
The Role of Schools in Resettling Refugees: Case studies from Scotland and South Australia
Dr Melanie Baak (School of Education, University of South Australia and Visiting Research Fellow, University of Glasgow)

This presentation will bring together research from three projects which explore diverse aspects of schooling for students from refugee backgrounds. One project explores parent and teacher perceptions of the educational experiences of recently arrived Syrian students in Glasgow schools. The other two projects focus on aspects of secondary schooling for refugee background students in South Australia.
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11th October 2017
‘What Do We Need to Create a Good Society?’
The Webb Memorial Trust
A follow up to the successful ‘Good Society’ event we hosted in June where we invited participants to discuss how to influence policy-makers and decision-makers, and what the necessary ingredients for a good society are.
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11th October 2017
‘Understanding and working with the perceptions about social work’

Dr Sharon Shoesmith
Dr Sharon Shoesmith was Director of Haringey Children’s Services at the time of the death of Baby P. The presentation will be based on a psychosocial reading of the responses to the familial homicide of ‘Baby P’. As part of her PhD Dr Shoesmith identified a ‘cultural trope’ as a belief, a reality or a truism that blames mainly social workers for harm to children despite their work as one of a multi-agency team. Organised by the Faculty of Health and Social Care and supported by I4P.
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22nd September 2017
‘The 1970s: The High Tide of Anti-Racism?’
ErRS 5th Annual Symposium
Forty years on from the Battle of Lewisham and the founding of the Anti-Nazi League, the fifth annual ERRS symposium will reflect on the state of British anti-racist activism in all its diverse forms and assess its successes and failures. Organised by the ERRS with the support of the Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice (I4P), this event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.
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13th July 2017
‘The UK’s first Professional Doctorate in Emergency Services Management’
LAUNCH EVENT

Edge Hill University launches the UK’s first Professional Doctorate for emergency service staff, created in response to the introduction of the Police and Crime Bill and the shift to integrated service delivery. The programme will be officially launched on Thursday 13th July with key note speakers set to include Roy Wilshire, Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council, Dr Anthony Marsh, Chair of the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives and Steve McGurk, Trustee of the Fire Service Research & Training Trust. Other guests include Derek Cartwright, Chief Executive of North West Ambulance Service, Rachel Tuffin, Director of Knowledge and Research, College of Policing and ACC Julie Cooke, Merseyside Police.
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6th July 2017
‘Action for Refugees Conference’

The conference will provide an opportunity for delegates to increase their knowledge and understanding of the refugee crisis.  Delegates will learn about research being undertaken by academic colleagues, the work being done by agencies working with refugees, and practical support provided by staff and students to refugees and those working in response to the crisis. A unique element of the event will be a live link to a refugee camp in the town of Alexandria, Northern Greece.  The overall aim of the conference is to provide a multi-faceted, positive, response to the refugee crisis that results in a greater understanding of and practical support for those involved.
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29th – 30th June 2017
CfHAS Conference 2017 – Animals and Social Change

I4P is pleased to support a two day event hosted by Edge Hill University’s Centre for Human Animal Studies (CfHAS).  The theme of this event is animals and social change.  Taking place at the Liverpool Quaker Meeting House this conference will include paper and poster presentations, film screenings and workshop sessions focused on strategies for social change involving dialogue between academics, activists and advocates. The event is designed to facilitate time and space for discussion. This conference will be of interest to those working in critical animal studies, advocacy, grassroots activism, animal media and the vegan business community. This event will take place at  the Quaker Meeting House in Liverpool.
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29th June 2017
‘What Do We Need to Create a Good Society?

The Webb Memorial Trust
This event presents the work of the Webb Memorial Trust and its current project, Social Housing and the Good Society, tackling issues such as poverty and equality in Britain. Together with the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) and Edge Hill University’s Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice (I4P), the Webb Memorial Trust will present the findings of their report and invite participants to discuss how to influence policy-makers and decision-makers, and what the necessary ingredients for a good society are.
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27th June 2017
A public reading of ‘King Lear in Brexitland’ by Tim Prentki

One Hour Theatre Company
It is the summer of 2017. Lear is old and sick, and his kingdom is disintegrating. He is admitted to his local NHS hospital, and, in A&E, is cared for by his Fool. A carpenter arrives in the overstretched emergency area, injured at work, and the fortunes of the ancient king and the young man play out in a drama of Britain now. King Lear in Brexitland is the fourth original play by OHTC, since it launched at Edge Hill University in October 2016. It is brought to the stage in rehearsed reading form, as its themes are of such pressing importance. Audiences will have opportunities to respond to the script, in discussion with actors and the creative team.
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20th June 2017
Sowing Seeds – Walk the Plank and Burscough Community Farm

Screening, Exhibition and Q&A – Sowing Seeds is the photographic documentation of an Arts Council funded performance which took place earlier this year. Edge Hill University students, graduates and members of the West Lancashire community developed and delivered a live processional piece encompassing mass movement, music and puppetry at Burscough Community Farm. Collaborating with the Learning Division of acclaimed outdoor arts company Walk the Plank, the performance takes the audience on a journey to explore the elements, the natural world and sustainability.
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16th June 2017 | Copenhagen
Learning or Un-Learning Together in Challenging Times: Creating a Collaborative Conversation

Center for Business Development and Management (CVL)
For Information: John Diamond, Director of I4P, will be visiting CVL/CBS and presenting his new approach to learning and un-learning. John intends to start a conversation with professionals and practioners, working with learning in the education sector and in organisations in the public and non-profit sector. John Diamond’s comprehensive experience of learning is based on research and development of leadership and management programmes in UK and many other countries. The seminar will be an opportunity to meet one of the leading person in international research and publication of learning perspectives in relation to politics that enhance learning as a part of welfare creation and critical perspectives on economic politics.
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14th June 2017
‘General Election – What the Results Mean for People, Parties and Policies

Theresa May caught everybody by surprise on 18th April 2017 when she called a statement outside Downing Street to announce a snap general election. With voting to take place across the country on 8th June, what will happen in the wake of the results? Will there be political earthquakes, or will it be business as usual (with a bit more Brexit thrown in)? A panel of specialists will discuss the implications of the General Election Results and take questions from audience members.  This event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.
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13th June 2017
‘Shifting the Curve: a Scottish approach to developing anti-poverty work’

NAOMI EISENSTADT CB
In 2015 the Scottish Government embarked on a consultation process called a Fairer Scotland which worked to develop consensus on what aspects of unfairness were of most concern to people living in poverty. Naomi had been appointed Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality to the Scottish Government and this talk will describe the process of producing her recommendations for the First Minister in Scotland, the tensions in working alongside civil servants and maintaining independence and providing independent advice, and the current position of the Scottish Government on the implementation of her report, and those that emerged from Fairer Scotland work. This event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.
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13th June 2017
‘It’s Only a Pain, Nowt Wrong with Me: Working-class Men and Health
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PROF PETER BERESFORD (Brunel University London)
The conference will bring together concerned members of the public, social policy analysts, practitioners and academics to discuss men’s health and especially men facing economic disadvantage and/or mental health difficulties. The keynote speaker, Prof Peter Beresford, has expertise on both these issues and how they enmesh in complex ways.  Other speakers will include representatives from the public and voluntary sector – both service users and service providers. This event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.
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24th May 2017
‘Talking About Consent: A Study of the Use and Effectiveness of Consent Talks by Student Unions in Universities

Focusing on sexual consent decision-making and the sexual conduct of students new to university, Edge Hill University Student Union and the Department of Social Sciences came together to evaluate and offer recommendations on how sexual conduct could be improved and people empowered in their consent decisions.  This event introduces the report, discusses the findings of the research, reflects on the scope and limits to induction ‘consent talks’ and provokes thinking on how better education and knowledge can be offered for young people often exploring their early sexual experiences. This event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.
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27th April 2017
CUTTING EDGE 2017

I4P is pleased to support and promote this Postgraduate Research Conference. The conference is organised by Postgraduate Research Students for Postgraduate Research Students and will take place at Edge Hill University on Thursday 27th April 2017.  This will be Cutting Edge’s third annual conference. It provides a multi-disciplinary space for students to share their work with a friendly and collegial audience. It is an opportunity to celebrate cutting edge research from across the UK. Registration is now open to all staff and students.  This event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.

27th April 2017
Technical and Professional Education: Twenty Years of Policy Making

OLLY NEWTON (The Edge Foundation)
The last two decades have seen rapid change in the field of technical and professional education in England and apprenticeships have been reintroduced with more than half a million people now start an apprenticeship annually. This lecture will examine the landscape and motivations of these changes and provide a behind-the-scenes insight into how policy is made and how the worlds of policy development and research/academia can better align.  This event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.
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26th April 2017
The inevitability of boundaries and boundary work: disability reform and integration of services

PROF HELEN DICKINSON (University of New South Wales)
Reform to disability services nationally and internationally has been driven by the idea that by giving service users more choice and control over their care budgets should allow individuals to develop more joined-up services that better enable them to achieve their identified outcomes. In this presentation, Helen will explore the challenges raised with the provision of integrated disability services and the seemingly inevitable impacts of boundaries, and identify how individuals and organisations might work to overcome the challenges posed by these boundaries. This event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.
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 5th April 2017
ErRS SEMINAR: ‘Growing Up In The 1970s: A Personal Account Of How The Fight Against Enoch Powell and the National Front Changed Everything’  

HASSAN MAHAMDALLIE  (Director of The Muslim Institute)
I4P is pleased to support this event, the third installment in the Ethnicity Race and Racism Seminar (ErRS) series of interviews: Lived Experiences Of Anti-Racist Activism in Europe Since The 1970s. The ErRS seminar programme can be downloaded here.  The event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus. Registration is not required.

24th March 2017
‘Centre for Sports Law Research – eSports Seminar’

Organised by Edge Hill University’s Centre for Sports Law Research, and supported by I4P, this interactive seminar will delve into the fascinating world of eSports exploring how it is being faced with similar challenges to that found in the ‘real’ game such as match-fixing, betting fraud, doping and child protection issues. This event will offer participants the opportunity to challenge one of world’s best eSporters to a game of FIFA. Funded by the ERASMUS+ programme of the Eropean Union the event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.
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16th March 2017 @ 6PM
‘Positive Youth Justice: Children First, Offenders Second’

PROF STEPHEN CASE (Loughborough University)
The Children First, Offenders Second (CFOS) model evolves youth justice beyond its contemporary risk focus and promotes a positive, principled, progressive and practical approach to the treatment of children in the Youth Justice System.  This paper outlines the CFOS model as a manifesto for changing the Youth Justice System.  The evolution, trajectory and practical realisation of CFOS positive youth justice will be discussed and animated with evidence from a twenty-year programme of associated reflective research in Swansea and the emerging success of an integrated, holistic and child-friendly delivery model in Surrey. Theis public lecture will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.
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16th March 2017 @ 1PM
STUDENT LECTURE: ‘Positive Youth Justice’

Prof Stephen Case (Loughborough University)
Kenny Imafidon (ClearView Research)
For information: this lecture by Prof Stephen Case will be attended by Edge Hill students.  The aim will be to discuss the evolution, trajectory and practical realisation of the Children First, Offenders Second (CFOS) model of positive youth justice, animated with evidence from a twenty-year programme of associated reflective research in Swansea and the emerging success of an integrated, holistic and child-friendly delivery model in Surrey. Prof Case will be joined by Kenny Imafidon, co-founder & Managing Director of ClearView Research Ltd, a leading-edge youth-led research company, who specialise in research focussing on young people.
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12th March 2017
Good Society Sunday Lunch
I4P is delighted to host a Sunday Lunch and conceptual art event focussed around the topic of a Good Society. Participants, all young people under the age of thirty, will be asked to discuss what makes a Good Society. The event is in partnership with the Bluecoat art gallery and will be led by artist Ruth Beele.  Ruth will use the feedback from the discussions, integrated with audio recordings and visual records, to create an artistic piece which will be displayed on the I4P website and that of the Bluecoat when completed.   The event will take place at Bluecoat, Liverpool.
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8th March 2017
ErRS SEMINAR: ‘From Melbourne to Moscow, From Berlin to Bermondsey: 50 Years of Campaigning for Human Rights, Democracy, LGBT Freedom and Global Justice’ 7

PETER TATCHELL (The Peter Tatchell Foundation)
I4P is pleased to support this event, a seminar in the new Ethnicity Race and Racism Seminar (ErRS) series of interviews: Lived Experiences Of Anti-Racist Activism in Europe Since The 1970s.  Peter Tatchell has been campaigning for human rights, democracy, LGBT freedom and global justice since 1967. He is a member of the queer human rights group OutRage!, and the left-wing of the Green Party. Through the Peter Tatchell Foundation, he campaigns for human rights in Britain and internationally.  The event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.
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28th February 2017
BOOK READING: 
‘Desire Paths: Real Walks to Nonreal Places’
ROY BAYFIELD (Edge Hill University)
I4P is pleased to present a book reading with author Roy Bayfield celebrating the launch of his new book, Desire Paths, a creative non-fiction book about walking.  Unpromisingly – for a walking book – Desire Paths begins on a hospital gurney as the author prepares for open heart surgery.  Roy will introduce and read from the book, and share thoughts on how simply walking can be a playful, disruptive, affirming interaction with the urban environment.  The event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.
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16th February 2017
ErRS SEMINAR: ‘Immigration Activism and Public History in France’ 
DR  LOUISA ZANOUN (Génériques)
I4P is delighted to support this event, the first seminar in the new Ethnicity Race and Racism Seminar (ErRS) series of interviews: Lived Experiences Of Anti-Racist Activism in Europe Since The 1970s.  Dr Louisa Zanoun is a historian with a career in business, academia and the non-profit sector in London, Montreal and Paris. As Head of Research at Génériques, a Paris-based NGO promoting the history and memory of immigration, she worked on several national and European projects on immigration in France and in Europe.  The event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.  Registration is not required.
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8th February 2017
‘Policing Gender and Ethics: An Ethnographic View of Culture and Practice’

DR LOUISE WESTMARLAND (The Open University)
Annual Policing Lecture: The issues of gender and ethics in the police might not seem, at first glance, to have much in common. As this paper will illustrate however, what used to be called ‘equal opportunities’ in the police, has similarities and continuities with the current debates around ethics and integrity. The event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.
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31st January 2017
‘Costs, Efficiency and Economies of Scale and Scope in the English Higher Education Sector’

PROF GERAINT JOHNES (Lancaster University)
Following recent changes to the funding mechanism for higher education, students in England face high ticket prices on tuition, an education which the taxpayer continues to subsidise.  This talk will review the literature and data to uncover information about the returns to scale and scope within the higher education sector, and identify differences in efficiency across institutions. The event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.
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24th January 2017
Book Launch and Colombian Clown Performance

I4P is pleased to promote this event to celebrate the publication of ‘Clowning as Social Performance in Colombia: Ridicule and Resistance’ by Barnaby King, which details the proliferation of clown performance in Colombia and its surprising social significance. This event includes a performance of ‘Ceniza‘, performed and conceived by Lucho Guzman.  The event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Art Centre.
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2016

1st December 2016
FILM SCREENING PLUS Q&A: ‘722 TMX ENGINEER BATTALION’

In March 2016 governments within the European Union closed their borders, leaving almost 60,000 refugees stranded in Greece. Faced with hosting the refugees, the Greek Government decided to reopen a number of closed-down army camps as temporary residences.  This film by Christy Kelly explores the role of the army and NGOs in organizing the camp, the daily lives of the refugees and the evolving relationship between the locals and their new neighbours.  Following the film there will be a Q&A session with the Director, Yiannis Koufonikos and the UK producer, Tim Kelly.  The event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.
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24th November 2016
‘Participation and Representation in Post Brexit Britain: The Case for Community Universities’

PROF JENNY PEARCE  (London School of Economics)
Professor Jenny Pearce’s I4P Inaugural Lecture explores whether we are living in a period of ‘profound crisis’ and asks whether new forms of knowledge exchange might provide the basis for reconnecting people with the idea and practice of politics. The event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.
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7th November 2016
‘School and Community Development in Peri-urban South Africa: Participatory Approaches’

This event presents two papers which report on a school-community project in peri- urban South Africa designed to enable meaningful community-school relationships which will enrich both the lives of community members, and the life-chances of the school children. Both projects have been undertaken through participatory methodologies, drawing on the inherent strengths and knowledge-bases which already exist within the community. The event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.
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27th October 2016
‘Blending, braiding and balancing: combining informal and formal methods of working with communities

DR ALISON GILCHRIST
Dr Alison Gilchrist will present findings from recent research exploring the interplay between formal and informal modes of working with communities. The session will identify functional advantages and disadvantages for these approaches, arguing that informality is currently underappreciated and misunderstood by government and large-scale institutions. The event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.
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12th October 2016
‘The Role and Relevance of Interdisciplinary Research in Community Activism in a Post Brexit United Kingdom’

DR ORNETTE D CLENNON (Manchester Metropolitan University)
The fight for social justice within our most deprived communities has historically always been fraught but even more so within the context of Austerity. However, with the societal fault lines that have been exposed by the recent Brexit vote, Dr Ornette D Clennon will discuss the increasing importance of scholar activism in not only researching but also facilitating the dynamic process of building sustainable communities towards social justice.
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15th September 2016
‘Migration, locality and physical environment in Toxteth’

This policy event aims to bring together all the different stakeholders in Liverpool and Toxteth in terms of migration, social cohesion and the physical environment in Liverpool, and in Toxteth more particularly. It is part of the British Academy funded project titled ‘Bringing the aesthetics in: migrants’ relationship with urban space in Toxteth’ (2015-16), which looks at the way urban dwellers, both locals and migrants, experience belongingness to urban space, and the effect that aesthetics have on this dynamic.
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20th June 2016
‘Visualising Belongingness to the Urban Space: Locals and Migrants in Toxteth’

This exhibition by Zana Vathi is about the physical environment and everyday life in Toxteth. It aims to enhance our understanding of the way urban dwellers, both locals and migrants,experience belongingness to urban space, and the effect that aesthetics have on this dynamic.  The exhibition as a whole celebrates the particularity of Toxteth as a locality, its key features in terms of human-spatial relations, and some of its distinct landmarks. The exhibition will be in The Black-E, Liverpool.
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28th June 2016
‘Concepts of a Good Society: The Response of Civil Society to Food Poverty’

What makes a Good Society? In conversation with Adrian Curtis, Foodbank Network Director at the Trussell Trust, Professor John Diamond and Dr Katy Goldstraw from Edge Hill University will present interim findings on the response of civil society to poverty and inequality in the UK through the lens of food aid. Hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty, this event takes place in the House of Commons, London.
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13th June 2016
‘Centre for Children, Young People and Social Change’

This public seminar has been organised by the Children, Young People and Social Change Research Centre, and is supported by the Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice.
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9th June 2016
‘Meeting of Minds – What might a Good Society look like?’

For information: this focus group will be attended by invited individuals and the aim will be to gather academic and practitioner considerations of a Good Society, to share what is being done by different sectors in terms of poverty alleviation and inequality and to focus on what more can be done. The event centres around reinforcing the need for collaborative action between local state, civil society and business.
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8th June 2016
‘Levelling the playing fields in PAR: The intricacies of power, privilege and participation in a community school project’
PROF LESLEY WOOD (North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa) and DR MARY McATEER (Edge Hill University).  This research seminar is organised by the Faculty of Eduction, and supported by the Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice.
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23rd May 2016
‘Meeting of Minds – What might a Good Society look like?’
For information: this focus group will be attended by invited individuals and the aim will be to gather academic and practitioner considerations of a Good Society, to share what is being done by different sectors in terms of poverty alleviation and inequality and to focus on what more can be done. The event centres around reinforcing the need for collaborative action between local state, civil society and business.
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19th May 2016
‘Meeting of Minds – What might a Good Society look like?’
For information: this focus group will be attended by invited individuals and the aim will be to gather academic and practitioner considerations of a Good Society, to share what is being done by different sectors in terms of poverty alleviation and inequality and to focus on what more can be done. The event centres around reinforcing the need for collaborative action between local state, civil society and business.
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10th May 2016
‘Meeting of Minds – What might a Good Society look like?’
For information: this focus group will be attended by invited individuals and the aim will be to gather academic and practitioner considerations of a Good Society, to share what is being done by different sectors in terms of poverty alleviation and inequality and to focus on what more can be done. The event centres around reinforcing the need for collaborative action between local state, civil society and business.
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4th May 2016
FILM SCREENING: ‘The Divide’

The Divide tells the story of 7 individuals striving for a better life in modern day US and UK – where the top 0.1% owns as much wealth as the bottom 90%.  By plotting these tales together, we uncover how every aspect of our lives is controlled by one factor: the size of the gap between rich and poor.  The film is inspired by the critically-acclaimed best-selling book “The Spirit Level” by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett.  The event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus as part of Living Wage West Lancashire – addressing poverty and inequality locally.
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29th April 2016
WORKSHOP: ‘Working Across Boundaries: Learning the Lessons and Risks’

PROF JOHN DIAMOND (Edge Hill University)
Prof Diamond, Director of the I4P Research Institute, will reflect on his experiences in setting up a cross University initiative and the lessons learnt and why he remains as enthusiastic as ever for working in these different spaces.
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14th April 2016
‘If integration is the answer, what was the question? What next for health and social care partnerships’

PROF JON GLASBY (University of Birmingham)
This lecture reviews the recent policy context (including both opportunities and challenges) surrounding integrated care and explores the underlying evidence base around ‘what works in partnership working’. 
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12th April 2016
‘Meeting of Minds – What might a Good Society look like?’

For information: this focus group will be attended by invited individuals and the aim will be to gather academic and practitioner considerations of a Good Society, to share what is being done by different sectors in terms of poverty alleviation and inequality and to focus on what more can be done. The event centres around reinforcing the need for collaborative action between local state, civil society and business.
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1st April 2016
‘International Conference: Municipal Involvement in Supporting Volunteerism’

The main target of the conference was to emphasize and to discuss how the expanding of volunteering initiatives could influence better services within municipalities.  This event was organised by Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania, with the support of the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union and the Baltic-American Freedom Foundation (BAFF).  Guest speakers included Prof John Diamond, Director of the I4P research institute.
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23rd March 2016
‘Exhibition Launch: Portraits of British Muslims’

Zahir Rafiq, an artist from South Yorkshire, joins us to talk about his work. He specialises in contemporary Islamic art where he fuses traditional Islam motifs with western artistic styles. With this approach he sought to express not only a new way of looking at Islamic art, but also his own identity as someone being brought up as a Muslim in Britain. The launch event will take place in the Creative Edge at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.  The Exhibition run from Monday 14th March to Friday 1st April 2016.
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22nd March 2016
‘Researching public Leadership and Innovation: Examining theoretical assumptions and methodological challenges’
PROF JOYCE LIDDLE (Aix Marseille University)

This public lecture is organised by the Business School, and supported by the Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice. The event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.
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21st March 2016
‘Looking for the front door: Three examples of brokerage solutions for community-university partnerships’

Universities are complex organisations that have no clearly-recognisable ‘front door’ for the community, making it difficult for VCS organisations to access relevant university-based resources and expertise on their own terms.  This event will showcase three examples of community-university partnership brokerage that have been successful elsewhere.  This event is run in collaboration with the GMCVO Research Network and will be held at Manchester Metropolitan University.
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14th March to 20th May 2016
EXHIBITION: ‘Portraits of British Muslims’

Zahir Rafiq, an artist from South Yorkshire, specialises in contemporary Islamic art where he fuses traditional Islam motifs with western artistic styles. With this approach he sought to express not only a new way of looking at Islamic art, but also his own identity as someone being brought up as a Muslim in Britain. The exhibition is in the Creative Edge at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.
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7th March 2016
‘Round table Discussion: Mental Health and Education’

For information: A joint event coordinated by the Faculty of Education, Department of Sport and Physical Activity and Institution for Public Policy and Professional Practice at Edge Hill University. We will be bringing together an invited group of practitioners, professionals and University-based staff who have direct experience of working with growing numbers of young people with mental illness, to explore the potential for creating a network which supports practitioners and those based in the University, so that we can develop, design and review services informed by the needs of the key constituencies.
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1st March 2016
‘Economic Inequality: A messy social problem’
DR NAT O’CONNOR (Ulster University)

This talk tells the story of rising economic inequality and the threat this poses to our economic stability and social cohesion. The presentation will demystify some of the economic jargon involved and will invite the audience to consider possible solutions to economic inequality.
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22nd February 2016
‘Universities and Communities: Together, Tethered or Torn’
PROF THOMAS A. BRYER (University of Central Florida)

I4P is pleased to welcome Prof Thomas A. Bryer to Edge Hill University.  Prof Bryer is highly published and conducts extensive research in the areas of public participation and collaboration across segments of society, including government, nonprofit, private, faith-based, and voluntary sectors.  Prof Bryer will introduce the idea of the integrated university from his book Higher Education beyond Job Creation: Universities, Citizenship, and Community.
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16th February 2016
‘Disruptive change: a social good or a waste of people’s lives?’

PROF CAROLYN KAGAN (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Professor of Community Social Psychology at MMU, Carolyn will reflect on some of the themes running through her work as a community social psychologist since the mid-1970’s, largely from a University base, but always in partnership and collaboration with those most affected by the wider social forces and policy changes.
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10th February 2016
‘Pitch Black: The Story of Black British Footballers’
EMY ONUORA and PETER HOOTON in Conversation

I4P welcomes Emy Onuora to discuss his new book, ‘Pitch Black: The Story of Black British footballers’ with Peter Hooton, writer and vocalist of Liverpool-based group The Farm. We are delighted to be hosting a discussion of the social and sporting issues raised in this book.
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9th February 2016
I4P 3rd ANNUAL LECTURE: ‘Inequality: the Enemy Between Us’

PROF KATE PICKETT (University of York)
The Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice (I4P) third Annual Lecture will be given by Kate Pickett, Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York. Comparing life expectancy, mental health, levels of violence, teenage birth rates, drug abuse, child wellbeing, obesity rates, levels of trust, the educational performance of school children, or the strength of community life among rich countries, it is clear that societies which tend to do well on one of these measures tend to do well on all of them, and the ones which do badly, do badly on all of them. What accounts for the difference?
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20th January 2016 @7PM
FILM SCREENING AND Q&A:
‘Suffragette’
As part of the ‘The Time is Now’ national campaign ICE and I4P have arranged for a screening of the film, ‘Suffragette’ at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus. An intense drama that tracks the story of the early feminist movement as working women fought for the right to vote. Turning to violence as the only route to change they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality.
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20th January 2016 @3PM
FILM SCREENING AND Q&A:
‘He Named Me Malala’
ICE and I4P have arranged for the ‘The Time is Now‘ national campaign to visit Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus for a screening of the documentary, ‘He Named Me Malala’.  Malala is a young girl with a strong voice. Standing up for women’s education rights in her home country of Pakistan made her a target for the Taliban in 2012. At the age of 14, the Taliban attempted to assassinate her and she was shot in the face on her way home from school. A shocking true story with a positive message.
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2015

16th December 2015’The European Court of Human Rights: What lies ahead?’
JUDGE PAULO PINTO DE ALBUQUERQUE

Judge Paulo Pinto de Albuquerque will discuss the major problems and challenges faced by the European Court of Human Rights, in the light of the recent dialogue between the Court and the supreme courts of Member States of the Council of Europe as well as other international courts and quasi-judicial bodies. This public lecture is organised by the Department of Law & Criminology, supported by the Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice.
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10th December 2015
‘The Recent Politics of the Police: Re-Professionalisation and Regulation’

PROF SIMON HOLDAWAY (University of Sheffield)
Professor Emeritus of Criminology and Sociology at the University of Sheffield and part-time Professor of Criminology, Nottingham Trent University, Simon explores the significant changes which have been introduced to create new and to strengthen established organisations charged with the regulation of the police in England and Wales.
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2nd December 2015
‘Meeting of Minds: What might a Good Society look like?’

For information: A joint event coordinated by I4P, CLES and the Webb Memorial Trust, this meeting of minds will be attended by an invited group to give consideration to what is required of a good society and how sectors collaborate to tackle poverty, inequality and respond to public service reform.
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27th November 2015
SYMPOSIUM: ‘Breaking Into the Temples of Culture: Exploring Arts, Health and Wellbeing Initiatives in the Community’

Following on from the first I4P symposium on arts, health and wellbeing in November 2014, this event will build on some of the elements which emerged from the presentations and plenary discussion at the first event. It will explore the different ways in which what Gary O. Larson called ‘the temples of culture’ in American Canvas (1997: 59) seek to engage with the community, and develop a more participatory involvement with the arts. The event will take place at TATE Liverpool.
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26th November 2015
‘Migration and Integration – Perception v Reality’

ROBERT McCREA & DR JONATHAN BARNES
Robert McCrea, Migrant Help CEO, and Dr Jonathan Barnes,Visiting Senior Research Fellow of Canterbury Christ Church University and Education Specialist at Migrant Help, will be speaking about the role arts and culture (might) play in helping migrants integrate into communities. The event will take place at TATE Liverpool.
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17th September 2015
‘Celebrating Success with Rochdale Community Champions’

Rochdale Community Champion Volunteers celebrate success with Edge Hill University today; receiving certificates and sharing their research.  This event is organized as part of the RCC I4P partnership and will be held at Rochdale Town Hall.

15th July 2015
‘UK Governance Towards 2020’ 

DUNACN McTAVISH
Professor in Public Policy and Management at the Glasgow School for Business and Society and a non executive director of the Glasgow Council for Voluntary Service.
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10th July 2015
‘Resurrecting Democracy: Faith, Citizenship & the Politics of a Common Life Registration’
PROF LUKE BRETHERTON

Professor of Theological Ethics and Senior Fellow, Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University.  Citizens UK in association with Edge Hill University and I4P.
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21st May 2015
ARVAC Annual Lecture: ‘Organising for a Change’ with Keynote Neil Jameson, Executive Director of Citizens UK

The Association for Research with the Voluntary Sector (ARVAC), a membership organisation established in 1978, acts as a resource for people interested in research in or on community organisations.
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19th May 2015
‘Reducing In-Work Poverty – The Living Wage Campaign in the UK’

I4P will host an event looking at the issue of in-work poverty, the benefits of a Living Wage and how the Living Wage campaign can be supported and promoted in West Lancashire and across the North West region.
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14th May 2015
‘Electocracy with Accountabilities? England and Wales’ novel public governance model of Police and Crime Commissioners’
JOHN RAINE Professor of Management in Criminal Justice, Institute of Local Government Studies at the University of Birmingham.

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2th May 2015
CONFERENCE: ‘TIME, TIME, TIME? Volunteering in a challenging environment’

The event is aimed at researchers, academics, new researchers and practitioners in voluntary organisations or foundations interested in the UK voluntary sector.  We also welcome policy makers engaged in the voluntary sector.  This event is run in collaboration with the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) and will be held at Armstrong House in Manchester.
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30th April 2015
‘Community/University Partnerships – Learning from Practice’
Sharing examples of practice and reflecting on lessons for practitioners and academics. This event is run in collaboration with the GMCVO Research Network and will be held at Birley Building in Manchester.
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25th March 2015
I4P SEMINAR: ‘Older Care Home Residents & Sexuality/Intimacy’  

Older people’s understanding of sexuality: lessons from an ESRC funded research project and its implications for social and public policy.
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4th February 2015 @6PM
I4P 2nd ANNUAL LECTURE: ‘It ain’t what you know, it’s who knows it: User involvement and the secret of knowledge.’
PETER BERESFORD OBE (Brunel University London)
This lecture explores how public policy can be transformed through public, patient and user involvement and engagement, particularly the inclusion of people’s own lived experiences and the collective action that follows from that. 
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4th February 2015 @2PM
I4P ANNUAL LISTENING EVENT

Welfare, health and social services: Working with Uncertainty and Change – What Do We Need?
This is a free event open to those involved in or interested in public participation in welfare, health and social services and in the changes being introduced through contracting and commissioning.
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2014

16th December 2014
‘Crossing boundaries and disrupting binaries: teacher professional learning in and out of the workplace.’
OLWEN MCNAMARA
Head of the School of Education at the University of Manchester
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2nd December 2014
‘Understanding Forced Marriage’

KHATIDJA CHANTLER
Reader at the School of Social Work at the University of Central Lancashire
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26th November 2014
ARTS, HEALTH AND WELLBEING SYMPOSIUM: ‘Breaking Out of the Temples of Culture: Exploring Arts, Health and Wellbeing Initiatives in the Community.’
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19th November 2014
‘Can participative research emerge from “non-participative” settings? Negotiating community connections and collaborations in health research.’
FIONA POLAND
Professor of Social Research Methodology at the University of East Anglia
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8th October 2014
‘Relational Expertise – the key to successful inter-professional working’  
ANNE EDWARDS
Professor of Educational Studies and Director of Research at the University of Oxford
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1st October 2014
‘Higher Education 2025: Familiar landscape or another country’
PETER SCOTT
Professor of Higher Education Studies at the Institute of Education
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23rd September 2014
‘The Regeneration of East Manchester since 2010: Decline or Survival?’
BRENDAN EVANS & GEORGINA BLAKELEY
Dr Georgina Blakeley is a Senior Lecturer at the Open University and previously was a Principal Lecturer in Politics and Head of Division at the University of Huddersfield.  Professor Brendan Evans was Head of politics, Dean of School and Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Huddersfield and is now an Emeritus Professor.   This paper explores current and likely future trends and asks the fundamental questions of whether a sports-driven regeneration strategy can be effective and can the entire regeneration initiative survive?
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8th July 2014
‘Singing for Wellbeing and Health’
STEPHEN CLIFT
Professor of Health Education in the Faculty of Health and Social Care at Canterbury Christ Church University and Director of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, Stephen Clift will speak at Edge Hill UniversitY and discuss the findings of his recent research into arts and health and the potential value of group singing for wellbeing.
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7th July 2014
‘Celebrating Success with Rochdale Community Champions’
Rochdale Community Champion Volunteers celebrate success with Edge Hill University today. This event is organized as part of the RCC I4P partnership and will be held at Rochdale Town Hall.
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4th June 2014
‘Changing Geography of the Public Sector’
JONATHAN CRIBB
In February this year the IFS published their substantial report on the Public Sector Workforce and we are delighted to be able to welcome one of its authors, research economist Jonathan Cribb, to discuss the report at our I4P seminar series. This event will look at the report and provide the opportunity to ask what the impact of changes and developments in the public sector will have across health, social work and education, especially for universities.
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15th May 2014
‘Reporting Back and Anticipating the Next Steps’  
After the successful launch of the institute, we are inviting you to join us on May 15th to continue the discussion and to look at ways in which we might work together. As part of the afternoon’s programme colleagues involved in the Everton in the Community initiative will outline their approach to working together and discuss the key benefits associated with such a co-operative model of working.

1st April 2014
Screening of The Stuart Hall Project
As a tribute to cultural theorist Stuart Hall, Edge Hill University will be screening ‘The Stuart Hall Project’ the recent, highly acclaimed documentary about his life and his cultural and political passions.

4th February 2014
I4P 1ST ANNUAL LECTURE: ‘Transforming Society: inequality, sustainability and the quality of life’
RICHARD WILKINSON
Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham, Richard Wilkinson has played a formative role in international research on the social determinants of health and on the societal effects of income inequality. His books and papers have drawn attention to the tendency for societies with bigger income differences between rich and poor to have a higher prevalence of a wide range of health and social problems.

Richard’s work on fairness has led to a national initiative through the setting up of Fairness Commissions in many local authorities and their work has been acknowledged by the All Parliamentary Group on Anti- Poverty.
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4th February 2014
Institute Launch 
On Tuesday 4 February 2014 we will be embarking on a listening exercise so that we can identify the key issues and areas of potential co-operation between the University and those working in the number of strategically important areas which are themselves undergoing change. We want to develop joint areas of enquiry, reflection and policy development which we will report back on at our autumn meeting in September 2014

The schedule for the launch event is as follows:

2.30pm Registration and welcome address
3.00pm Table top discussions
4.00pm Plenary
4.30pm Buffet and networking

If you would like to book your place at the launch event, please email your details to [email protected]

In addition to the afternoon schedule we will be hosting an evening networking event which will feature a lecture from Professor Richard Wilkinson.


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