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Together we are stronger: collective strategies to developing research

Venue: Online

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We often think of academic research as a job we do individually or as part of a small team of co-authors. Yet, we can also do research within a collective. Participating in a research collective can enhance your research and scholarship by gaining feedback, participating in large research projects and receiving mentoring advice. Research collectives are also spaces for the development of friendships and provision of emotional support. As such, research collectives are a fantastic context to grow as academics and humans. The aim of this workshop is to help researchers understand the value of working in a research collective and how to develop one.

What will you get from participating in this workshop?

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • What are the main types of research collectives existing and their functions
  • Which type of collective will benefit you best
  • Best practices to develop your own research collective or join an emerging one

Who is this workshop for?

All interested Birkbeck faculty members will benefit from participating in this workshop. However, early career faculty and research staff who have completed their PhD and holding post-doc positions or lectureships will particularly benefit from participating.

Where and when will this workshop take place?

This workshop will take place online on Thursday 9 February 2023. This workshop will run for two hours from 1pm to 2:30pm.

The link to the virtual meeting room will be shared closer to the date.

Workshop Facilitator

Dr Amanda E Cravens works a Research Social Scientist at the US Geological Survey Fort Collins Science Center, Colorado, USA. She graduated with a PhD in Environment and Resources from Stanford University, where she created her longstanding research collective. She has been collaborating with the research collective since 2012 and published about this experience in Nature. Since 2017, she has also facilitated a monthly collaborative feedback session for her research unit.

Amanda makes extensive use of interdisciplinary and user-centered research approaches to conduct social science research focused on environmental management and policy. In particular, she has significant experience as a member, convener, and facilitator of interdisciplinary working groups and has a long-standing interest in how human-centered design approaches can inform innovation in science; in 2019, she co-authored a book on creativity in science (Creativity in Research, Cambridge University Press). Her research spans resource areas, with recent and current projects focusing on decision support for coastal hazards, human dimensions of ecological drought, socioeconomic aspects of water availability, and land manager decision making in the face of ecological transformation.

The context for the workshop

The workshop is part of professional development series on the following six topics:

1. Thursday 6/7 October 2022 - Academic isolation and why it matters
2. Thursday 10 November 2022 - Creativity for research: developing creative solutions to research challenges and roadblocks
3. Thursday 8 December 2022 - Networking for researchers: strategies to develop helpful research relationships
4. Thursday 12 January 2023 - Personal branding for research: strategies to develop your reputation in your research community
5. Thursday 9 February 2023 - Together we are stronger: why and how to develop your own research collective
6. Thursday 9 March 2023 - Seizing the helping research hand: leveraging your research community’s integration systems

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