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Conducting Research on Sensitive Topics

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Halifax Hall

Endcliffe Vale Road

Sheffield

S10 3ER

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This one day workshop will be relevant for PhD students and early career researchers across the social sciences conducting sensitive research. This could include research on a range of topics including emotionally-laden subjects, taboos and political controversies, or matters relating to crime, justice and human rights. The day will cover a range of issues related to the conceptual and methodological challenges that we often face when considering research in sensitive areas. It will also focus on issues of dissemination and impact including how to communicate research findings in sensitive areas to different audiences. The day will consist of a combination of formal presentations as well as practice-based activities. There will be a diverse range of speakers covering a variety of substantive topics – including academic researchers at different career stages, colleagues from academic-related services and practitioners from organisations such as the NHS and police.

Organisers: Kate Reed, Lauren Bradford, Julie Ellis and Elspeth Whitby (University of Sheffield)

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9.30-10.00: Refreshments and registration

10.00-10.15: Introduction to the day (organising committee)

10.15-10.45: Harm Vs Autonomy: Researching Hidden Populations. Lauren Bradford, PhD student, School of Law, University of Sheffield

10.45-11.15: Researching Human Rights Violations. Ruth Blakely, Professor of Politics and International Relations, Director of the White Rose Doctoral Training partnership, University of Sheffield

11.15-12.00: Small group work: exploring issues related to delegates’ own research projects

12.00-13.00: Lunch

13.00-13.30: Insider-Outsider: Research Dilemmas in an Extreme and Sensitive Setting. Cliff Bacon, retired police inspector and PhD student, Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester

13.30-14.00: Practitioner and/or Researcher: Interviewing participants you’ve met in a related professional context. Revd Dr Mark Newitt, Specialist Chaplain, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

14.00-14.30: These Feet Were Made For Talking: Achieving Best Evidence against all odds. Marie Allen, retired police detective and trainer, South Yorkshire Police

14.30-14.45: Refreshments and networking

14.45-15.15: Communicating sensitive research to the media. Mary Hickey, Media Relations Officer, University of Sheffield

15.15-15.45: Panel Q&A with speakers*

15.45-16.00: Concluding remarks

*Throughout the day delegates will be invited to post questions for discussion

This workshop is part of The White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership. It is being organised by researchers at The University of Sheffield. Support for the day has also been provided by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) via funding for the End of or Start of Life reserach project: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/socstudies/research/endorstartoflife



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