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Research to inform democracy and engagement: ARVAC Annual General Meeting a...

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This event is organised by the Association of Research in the Voluntary and Community Sector (ARVAC) and will explore research that informs democracy and engagement.

The conference will include presentations from Nick Mahony (Raymond Williams Foundation) on “Renovating the public realm in an age of angry publics” and Paula Black (Nottingham Civic Exchange) exploring “Putting Democracy and engagement in university research”.

The event starts with ARVAC’s Annual General Meeting from 1.30-2.00pm. The conference will take place from 2.00-4.30pm.

The AGM and conference are free to ARVAC members. Non- members can attend the conference for £25 (only ARVAC members are eligible to attend the AGM), but you can join ARVAC and become a member for free.

Keynote speakers

Nick Mahony (Raymond Williams Foundation) is a Researcher, Public Engagement Advisor, Compass Associate and the Administrator (coordinator) of the Raymond Williams Foundation. His expertise is in public engagement and participatory democracy. Nick seeks to combine scholarship, consciousness-raising and practice-based activities where-ever this is possible.

Dr Paula Black (Nottingham Civic Exchange) became Director of Nottingham Civic Exchange in September 2016. She has a professional background as an academic and has taught Sociology at the Universities of Sussex, Manchester and Derby. She has also worked as a researcher, as a senior manager in Local Government and, prior to joining Nottingham Civic Exchange, she was Director of Research at the New Economics Foundation think tank.

Presentations

Renovating the public realm in an age of angry publics: Against the backdrop of ever-hardening austerity and a growing wave of populism, this presentation will briefly highlight three key issues that all those looking to help progressively renovate the public realm will need to address and negotiate in the months and years ahead.

Putting Democracy and engagement in university research: Universities operate within a context of governance requirements and incentive structures around, for example, teaching, research, widening access and student experience. They are also to a greater or lesser extent rooted in their local communities and geographical region. How does a modern university navigate this territory and place democracy and engagement at the heart of its activities? What are the barriers and supporting mechanisms which enable research to be democratic? And why should the university make this a strategic priority? This presentation will examine these issues, drawing on the example of Nottingham Civic Exchange.

About ARVAC

The Association for Research in the Voluntary and Community Sector (ARVAC) was established in 1978. It is a membership organisation and acts as a resource for people interested in research in or on community organisations.

We believe that voluntary and community organisations play a vital role in creating and sustaining healthy communities, and that research plays an essential role in increasing the effectiveness of those organisations involved in voluntary and community action. We produce a quarterly Bulletin and maintain a database of community research. We run seminars and conferences and produce occasional publications.

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SE1 4YR

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