BSCHCN Virtual Workshop: Public Engagement and Policy Impact with Chris Allen

Wednesday 7 December 2022, 12:00 – 14:00 GMT, online (UK)


Dr Chris Allen – Research Impact and Public Engagement

In this interactive workshop, Dr Chris Allen will offer advice and reflect upon his own experiences of ensuring research impact and working within public engagement. During the workshop, Dr Allen will think about how we do public engagement, and the strategies that we can employ to enhance our engagement with this. He will also outline some of the common pitfalls when academics engage with public engagement, and help to think about the ways we might overcome and avoid these. Dr Allen will help attendees to consider the importance of research impact and many ways that this can take shape. Dr Allen will pay particular attention to how we can enhance our research impact within policy/political spaces.

Dr Allen will share a range of real world illustrations of research impact and public engagement. The workshop is interactive, so please come along with your own questions and Dr Allen will be happy to provide some advice.

About this discussion group:

This discussion group is part of the BSC Hate Crime Network, and has been designed to create a supportive space for PGRs and ECRs who are researching within the broad area of hate studies. PGRs could include students studying at MA and doctoral level, and ECRs includes those researchers who are within five years of receiving their doctorate. The group brings PGRs and ECRs together to share their research projects, discuss methodological issues, and consider best practices when researching sensitive topics.

The group will touch upon, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Working with and supporting victims
  • Managing the sensitivity of hate studies research
  • Ethical issues
  • Working with policy-makers and practitioners
  • Creative and inclusive research methods
  • Our responsibility as researchers
  • Working with perpetrators of hate crime

In addition to these discussions, the group will also organise occasional training sessions with more experienced researchers. These training sessions could cover some of the above, but please get in touch if there are any particular areas that you would benefit from. These sessions will be led by an experienced researcher within the area of hate studies, but there will continue to be an emphasis on open discussion and Q&A. All sessions will run online (unless otherwise stated) via Zoom. These will be bi-monthly on a Wednesday afternoon lasting 1 hour (2-3pm). Presenters will speak for approximately 25 minutes, and this will be followed by a discussion.

If you would like to present at one of these discussion groups, please contact Leah Burch ( @LeahFBurch) with a short bio and abstract. This does not need to be detailed but should give a broad overview of a potential topic/issue/method that you would like to discuss. Alternatively, if you have a theme/question that you would like discuss or for a training session, please get in touch.


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