SDHI was represented at the 2015 Dundee Science Festival with a stand to illustrate its applied interdisciplinary work. Dr Fred Comerford, SDHI Institute Manager invited displays related to the topic ‘perceptions’. Using visual illusions Fred demonstrated to visitors that what we see and hold for being ‘real’ or ‘true’ may be deceptive. The theme was also reflected in the display by Kirsty Miller, PhD student in psychology who presented a very timely topic considering for example the refugee crisis in Europe: perceived in-group vs out-group differences that may impact on how likely we act to help others. Jean Cathro of the social enterprise, ‘Crossing countries, challenging boundaries, changing lives‘ engaged children and adults through art work, craft and video presentation. SDHI has repeatedly reported on this innovative social enterprise on this blog. Crossing truly challenges mis-perceptions about disability, ethnicity, gender, age and other characteristics that so often create unnecessary and hurtful divisions. Finally, Dr Ed Hall, Geography challenged in his display concepts of place-based vulnerabilities of communities that experience prolonged electricity failures. Simple categorisations of ‘vulnerable people’ are not useful or informative as ‘vulnerability’ is always contextual and relational. The event at the Dundee Menzieshill Community Centre was very well attended with some families spending several hours there to explore the many exciting displays and presentations.
This seminar which the Space & Society Research Group, School of the Environment are hosting, will be held on Wednesday 5th March from 1pm-4pm in 3G05 Lecture Theatre 2, the Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee.
Presentations will include:
- Participatory GIS (P-GIS) in environmental decision-making: moving between decision-making scales, Steve Cinderby, Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York
- Mapping stories: communities and qualitative GIS, Dr Phil Jones, School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham
- Making sense of citizen mapping: opportunities and challenges, Dr Wen Lin, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University
If you would like to attend please contact Alistair Geddes (a.y.geddes @dundee.ac.uk)
This event is part of the Space & Society Research Group seminar series turning the spotlights to developments in ‘non-quantitative GIS’ – an umbrella term for recent developments including participatory mapping, public participation GIS, and qualitative/mixed-methods GIS. This seminar will be held on Wednesday 5th March from 1pm-4pm in the Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee. Three external speakers who will be contributing are detailed below.
– Steve Cinderby – Deputy Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York – a leading proponent of participatory GIS – see http://www.york.ac.uk/sei/staff/steve-cinderby/
– Dr Phil Jones, Senior Lecturer in Cultural Geography, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at University of Birmingham – particular interests in in research methods, including qualitative GIS, mobile interviewing, and arts-based approaches – see http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/gees/people/profile.aspx?ReferenceId=9688
– Dr Wen Lin, Lecturer in Human Geography, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University – working at the intersections between critical GIS, citizen participation and urban governance – see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/gps/staff/profile/wen.lin#tab_research
A full programme will be available shortly and if you would like to attend please contact Alistair Geddes (a.y.geddes @dundee.ac.uk)
Suitable for anyone with a recently completed MSc in a relevant area
KTP Associate – Improving the Response to Energy Disruption for Vulnerable People in Extreme Weather Events
University of Dundee & Scottish and Southern Energy, Perth
Salary: £22,000 – £24,000 per annum
Duration: 30 months
An exciting opportunity has been created for a self-motivated, enthusiastic graduate in a social science or environmental science discipline, with high level communication and social skills. You will be employed by the University of Dundee as a KTP Associate to work on a 30 month strategic project with Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE).
You will be responsible for enhancing SSE’s current response to the impacts of energy disruption on vulnerable people in local communities as the result of extreme weather events, in Scotland and southern England. You will be working within the Network Management Centre at SSE in Perth, with support and regular contact from staff at the University of Dundee.
Summary of Skills, Experience and Qualifications
You should hold a Masters level degree in geography, environmental science, social psychology, sociology, community development or other relevant social science discipline. You should have experience of qualitative research skills, including interviewing, focus groups and, if possible, participatory methods. In addition, you should have some experience of engagement with stakeholders in the private, public and/or voluntary sectors. You should be an excellent communicator, have very good organisational skills, the ability to work independently and within a team, and a willingness to travel within Scotland and southern England.
Any Additional Information
A great package is on offer, including a management diploma, substantial training budget, and the opportunity to register for a higher degree, travel expenses and the opportunity to present your work at conferences.
For informal discussion please contact Dr. Ed Hall (01382 388073; firstname.lastname@example.org ); Professor Thilo Kroll (01382 348655; email@example.com); or Mr. David Colthart (01738 455894; firstname.lastname@example.org)
For full details go to Jobs.ac.uk
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)
The mini conference, organised by Dr Ed Hall, examined from various perspectives the contributions that the discipline of geography makes to the socio-spatial understanding of disability.
Dr. Louise Holt, Loughborough University, explored the complex interconnectedness of various levels and dimensions of social exclusion of children with socio-emotional differences (also labelled as Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties BESD). She discussed how social capital ‘traverses’ various social spaces (home, school, leisure), the importance of social relationships and the challenges associated with compound social exclusion experiences.
Jayne Sellick, Durham University, examined the notion of ‘becoming well‘ as opposed to ‘being well’. In her presentation, she questioned the linear notion of recovery and reflected – drawing on participatory research with a diverse group of people living with functionally limiting conditions – on the temporal, contextual and relational nature of recovery.
Ed Hall reported on initial findings of a three-part workshop series , funded by the ESRC on ‘Rethinking learning disabilities: Context, voices, policies’. The workshops brought together people with learning disabilities, academics, health and social care practitioners, and policymakers. Three themes emerged from the discussions across the three events: (1) The meaning of learning disability; (2) Sameness and difference; and (3) Rights, justice and care. Learning disability is a real phenomenon that is relationally and contextually shaped. It is experienced in and by communities. Inclusion has to go beyond rhetoric and must become individually meaningful as well as contextually possible. In the workshops equal rights in the face of human diversity and not sameness were emphasised. A ‘de-socialised’ rights based approach has the potential to render people with learning disabilities vulnerable. The socio-relational support context is critical for people with learning disabilities to realise rights based inclusion. A social justice focus is particularly relevant in an era of economic austerity that places many support services for people with learning disability under threat.
A two-day conference and open discussion organised by the RGS-IBG Urban Geography Research Group.
Dates: 21-22 November 2013
Location: University of Southampton, UK
Preliminary Call for Contributions
This year’s UGRG Conference will explore the relationship between urban space and health and well-being, of how theories of urban space can inform health and vice-versa. Health and well-being may be defined using the WHO’s framework, in which ‘health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’ This conference is interested in health and well-being research that is not just ‘in’ but also ‘of’ urban space, overlapping with, informing and being informed by urban theory. This can include spatial inequality, policy mobilities, global cities and place effects, but also therapeutic landscapes, food deserts and obesogenic environments.
We are interested in bringing together a range of perspectives on urban health, including public health, urban geography and urban studies, food studies, sociology of health, and town planning. To take the example of town planning and health, Corburn (2009) emphasizes that urban places and the city planning processes that shape them—particularly those processes governing land use, housing, transportation, job opportunities, social services, the quality of the urban environment and opportunities for public participation in local government—are increasingly understood as powerful determinants of population health. Premature death, and the unnecessary burdens of disease and suffering, is disproportionately concentrated in city neighborhoods of the poor, where residential segregation concentrates poverty, liquor stores outnumber supermarkets, toxic sites are adjacent to playgrounds, and public resources go to incarceration rather than education.
Guiding topics include (but are not limited to) the following:
-critical evaluation of normative health concepts such as the ‘healthy city’ movement, therapeutic landscapes
-connecting urban and health theories
-migration and health
-gender, urban space and health
-marginal urban places, marginal health?
-structural violence vs interpersonal violence through city spaces
-critical disability studies
-spaces of care in the city
-urban health governance: governing un/healthy populations, the ‘sick’ city, the ‘bacteriological’ city, urban drug policy
-biopolitics and biopower of urban life and death
-global mobility of immaculate health policies
-everyday mobility and health
-city spaces of mental health
Papers are welcomed from researchers (including PhD students) at any stage of their careers. We will also be holding a ‘pecha-kucha’ session as we did last year.
The deadline for 200 word abstracts is due 5pm Friday, 27 September 2013 to be submitted to Southampton’s Online Store: http://go.soton.ac.uk/5lo
(note that the abstract submission is separate from the registration)
The registration deadline will follow within 3-4 weeks, again through the Online Store. Register as early as possible – places will be limited to 50. Standard registration will be £75; for post-graduate students and unemployed, it will be £35. Please visit online store.
Please contact Geoff DeVerteuil g.p.deverteuil @soton.ac.uk if you have any questions.
Please visit the UGRG website for this information and further updates: http://urban-geography.org.uk/
This mini-conference will showcase some of the most innovative geographical research on disability. The presenters have all made significant contributions to the development of a spatial and contextual interpretation of disability, now being widely adopted in disability studies. The event will reflect on the latest theoretical and methodological approaches to studying disability, and the implications for policy and practice.
When: Weds 16th October, 1.15-4.30pm
Where: Dalhousie 3G05 Lecture Theatre 2 (just off the main foyer)
Tea/coffee will be provided.
Dr. Louise Holt, Loughborough University
Dr. Jayne Sellick, Durham University
Dr. Ed Hall, University of Dundee
Dr. Rob Wilton, McMaster University, Canada (by Skype) (tbc)
People interest in attending please contact Dr Edward Hall E.C.Hall @dundee.ac.uk