Conferences and Events

The Sheffield Methods Institute works with other departments across the university and with our external parters to host conferences and events for researchers, students and the wider academic and professional community, both across the UK and internationally.

Previous Events

Sheffield Methods Institute and The Information School: Research Methods Colloquium

Date: 27 June 2019

To enhance collaboration and promote joint research in and between the Sheffield Methods Institute and the Information School held a Research Methods colloquium to share methodological expertise.

There were eight speakers, split across qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, and split between the iSchool and the SMI.

If you have questions aboout the event please contact Andy Bell (SMI) or Andrew Cox (iSchool).

Intersections: a public symposium about youth violence, masculinity and mental health

Date: 9 May 2019

This symposium brought together practitioners, academics, decision makers and members of the general public, to discuss the intersections between serious youth violence, masculinity and mental health, for the communities most affected. Organised in collaboration with the University of Sheffield, the Lord Mayor of Sheffield and two of his chosen charities (Unity Gym Project & Sheffield Flourish) this half-day event offered a unique opportunity to engage in critical conversation about this very difficult and pertinent social issue.

Special guests included the live performance artist Sipho Ndlovu and a keynote from Temi Mwale, director of the London based youth organisation, 4FRONT.

A diverse audience of up to 100 delegates attended. Opportunities for inclusive dialogue was structured into the event and mediated by chairs with expertise in ‘difficult conversations’. Key themes emerging from the day is to be written into a publically accessible report, co-authored by the event organisers.

The 2nd SMI Student Conference

Date: 3 April 2019

All years of BA Quantitative Social Sciences and 2nd and 3rd years of BA/BSc Applied Social Sciences were invited to present their work in oral or poster presentation format and it was a multidiciplinary and insightful event, sponsored by Q-Step!  Over the course of the full day, students presented their research in front of their peers and academic staff, being qritique as much as at any other conference.  This amazing opportunity shows why, being at the SMI means the student is the researcher.

The event was live tweeted using #SMI2conf and students and staff uploaded pictures of the day.

The conference was organised by SMI staff and all SMI staff and students were invited to attend.

Post-Doc Early Career Workshop: Methodological Issues and Emotional Labour in Co-Produced Research

Date: 4 - 5 December 2018

This workshop took place over one and a half days for post-doctoral early career researchers in universities who engage in co-produced research with varying external partners and who pursue different topics. The focus was on learning from practice through discussion. With a maximum of twenty-five attendees to allow for groupparticipation attendees were asked to prepare short presentations in smaller groups.

The workshop was jointly organised by the Sheffield Methods and the Urban Institute and the Jam and Justice Project (ESRC), with partners in Birmingham and Manchester Universities, as well as Mistra Urban Futures.

DataFest 2018

Date: 10-14 September 2018

Designed for undergraduate students from the social sciences DataFest 2018 brings together the leading experts in data analysis in the social sciences in a five-day free summer school. After spending 5 days in Sheffield, students will graduate from DataFest 2018 with a range of practical, technical and critical thinking skills that will help enhance quantitative skills and employability.

Hosted by The University of Sheffield, the summer school aims to improve quantitative skills in social sciences graduates as part of the Q-Step programme.