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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.

Book Launch with the Urban Institute 

30 January 2018, 5-7pm

Reflexivity: The Essential Guide

Cities and the Knowledge Economy

The Future of Sustainable Cities: Governance, Policy and Knowledge

Hosted by The Sheffield Methods Institute and the Urban Institute at The University of Sheffield, this event celebrates the launch of two books by Professor Tim May and Professor Beth Perry: Reflexivity: The Essential Guide and Cities and the Knowledge Economy, and a journal special edition called: The Future of Sustainable Cities: Governance, Policy and Knowledge.

Tim and Beth will briefly discuss both titles and their usefulness in using research methods in the social sciences, as well presenting the joint research efforts from the Sheffield Methods Institute and Urban Institute. Followed by a drinks reception and a opportunity to discover more in an informal setting.

The invitation to attend this event to open to all who wish to find out more about SMI and Urban Institute and their joint projects and the work of two of their most highly regarded scholars. Please register to attend.

Evidence and Insight: Interdisciplinary Dialogues & Developments series


Rigour & Relevance in Participative Inquiry: Learning from Experiences

10:30-16:00 - 27 February 2018

ICOSS Conference Room

Professor Davydd Greenwood from Cornell University will run this workshop to generate insights through conversations and reflections on engaging in participative forms of inquiry.

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Bringing Action Research Principles into Teaching and Research: Opportunities and challenges in the university

14:00-16:00 28 February 2018

SMI Seminar Room, ICOSS

Professor Davydd Greenwood will discuss the structures and cultures in the university and the challenges faced when it comes to social improvement in this seminar.

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Innovative Methods and Politics workshop 

2nd-3rd May 2018

ICOSS Conference Room 

Hosted jointly with the Department of Politics this workshop will use innovative methods in understanding the political.