CRESR Seminar - Festival of Social Science Events

Start date: 
Mon, 09/11/2020
Closing date: 
Fri, 13/11/2020
Event contact: 
Emma Smith (Tel: 0114 225 3073)

The ESRC’s Festival of Social Sciences is an annual, weeklong series of engagement events held across the UK, which celebrate research that helps us understand and shape the society we live in. This year the festival has gone virtual and is being held from the 7th to 15th November with CRESR staff involved in 5 events.

Each event was recorded and are available on the SERI YouTube channel. Further information is also available on the Festival of Social Science 2020 website.


FoSS 2020 Event - Forgotten Mothers: the case for a policy focus on the experiences of motherhood & homelessness
Mon, 9 November 2020 13:00 – 14:00 GMT

Recent research by CRESR highlights a need for greater policy and legislative focus to protect women who become homeless, especially when separated from their children. This event will discuss these important issues and aim to generate more debate amongst policy and practice communities.

FoSS 2020 Event - Exploring the effect of Covid-19 on the future of Sheffield’s greenspaces
Mon, 9 November 2020 17:30 – 19:00 GMT

Given the extent to which the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the value of greenspaces, this is a timely opportunity to bring stakeholders together for a meaningful debate around greenspaces’ future. As ‘The Outdoor City’, Sheffield is ideally placed for such important discussions.

The panel will include collaborators from Sheffield City Council in addition to other practitioners, policymakers, charitable trusts, and volunteer groups. The debate will be chaired by Dr Julian Dobson of Urban Pollinators and CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University given his experience in greenspace research and policy, and his involvement with previous events.

FoSS 2020 Event - A Healthy & Active Sheffield: What role for active travel?
Wed, 11 November 2020 18:00 – 19:30 GMT

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed public health and active travel high up the policy agenda and this is an important opportunity to explore ways to embed active travel as an integral part of the health promotion agenda. This online event will focus on the topic of active travel (walking, cycling, and other active modes) and health in Sheffield.

The event will include contributions from the Sheffield City Region Active Travel Commissioner, Dame Sarah Storey, and researchers from both the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR), and the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) at Sheffield Hallam University. Following short presentations that will explore current and emerging research along with insights about how this agenda is being pursued in Sheffield, there will be an opportunity to contribute through a Q&A session with the panellists.

FoSS 2020 Event - What is the Future of Work?
Thu, 12 November 2020 17:00 – 18:30 GMT

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought into sharp relief the importance of work in our lives but also raised questions around what will work look like in the future. Our concern is particularly with those seen to be furthest from securing and sustaining meaningful employment in return for a decent income.

During the event we will be showcasing some lessons from our recently completed Talent Match evaluation and the analysis of data of over 25,000 young people and their initial experience of the labour market. During the event we will be inviting the audience to comment on different future scenarios and how these may be secured.

FoSS 2020 Event - Secrets of the Power Station: Making Energy Visible
Fri, 13 November 2020 12:30 – 14:00 GMT

This event is aimed at anyone interested in how energy is generated and the associated environmental debate. During the event we offer a virtual tour of a power station in Sweden, where household refuse from Sweden and imported waste from the UK is burnt to produce heat for households and businesses and electricity that is exported to the grid. All parts of the energy production process will be explained in non-technical terms and the pros and cons of generating energy in this was will be debated. There will be an opportunity to participate in a short, visual psychological test to establish participants' energy biases (i.e. their natural, in built preferences for different types of energy generation) and whether they change following the virtual tour. There will also be a chance to ask questions and debate the merits of this (sometimes controversial) approach to energy generation with other the event facilitators and other participants. The event is linked to a project funded by the Swedish Energy Agency called Walking with Energy which seeks to address energy invisibility by connecting citizens with where their energy comes from and equipping them with the facts to get involved in debates about how energy should be generated in future.

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