North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership

Mediating Militarism: Chronicling 100 Years of ‘Military Victimhood’ from Print to Digital 1918-2018

Liam Markey, Criminology, Social Policy & Social Work, University of Liverpool, 2018 Cohort

My first year as a researcher at the University of Liverpool has flown by, and I’m finding it hard to believe that I am now technically in the second year of my PhD. My research project, Mediating Militarism: Chronicling 100 Years of ‘Military Victimhood’ from Print to Digital 1918-2018, is a CASE project, which means I split my time between collaborative academic partners; in this instance the University of Liverpool and the British Library. The project looks at militarism and its role in the commemoration of the British war dead since 1918 up until the present day, and utilises the vast materials on offer at the British Library, notably the UK Web Archive’s First World War Centenary collection.

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“Mohawk? As in the hairstyle!?” – the joys of explaining my PhD to others

Jack Benton, Health and Wellbeing, University of Manchester, 2017 Cohort

As is probably the case for many PhD researchers, I often have to explain to friends, family and strangers what my PhD involves. Now this never goes as smoothly as it should do!

My research is looking at the impact of urban green spaces on physical activity and other behaviours important for our wellbeing, such as social interactions. Essentially, I’m trying to produce stronger evidence of the wellbeing impacts of urban green spaces, which will better inform policy makers and practitioners who are responsible for planning and designing green spaces in our cities and towns.

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‘Northern Fusion’ Event Fund

The ESRC North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP), in conjunction with Methods North West, the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP), the Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership (NINEDTP) and the N8 partnership, are pleased to launch a competitive application process for funding towards student-led events directed primarily at DTP and N8 postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers.

It is our intention to fund events in the following broadly defined areas, in which synergies of interest exist between ESRC DTP and N8 researchers:

The scheme is open to all postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers who are currently funded by the ESRC NWSSDTP, the WRDTP, NINEDTP or the N8 partnership.

For further details, please download the application form:

Deadline for submission of applications to nwssdtp@liverpool.ac.uk: 13th December 2019

Interdisciplinary Event: Identity, Values, and Elections across Europe

What was the event?

‘Identity, Values, and Elections across Europe’ was a NWSSDTP funded one day interdisciplinary conference aimed at early career researchers (ECRs), co-produced by the Democracy & Elections (D&E) and Comparative Public Policy & Institutions (CPPI) research clusters at the University of Manchester. It was co-organised by James Griffiths and Louise Wylie (Politics) of the University of Manchester and took place on Friday 27th September. The event consisted of three panels of three ECRs presenting their work, with each panel centred on one of the three themes of the conference, and a keynote talk from Professor Maria Sobolewska.

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Internship with Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre

David Mountain, Planning and Environment, University of Manchester, 2017 Cohort

Thanks to the NWSSDTP Internship scheme, I spent my summer in Milton Keynes – the famed land of roundabouts and concrete cows. I had learnt that the grid layout in Central Milton Keynes, and its central street, Midsummer Boulevard, are orientated along the line of the sun on midsummer’s day, and this combination of modernism with ‘60s hippy spiritualism had sparked my curiosity. My presumption was that if any of the original architects of MK were still around, I’d find them on the night of the summer solstice somewhere along Midsummer Boulevard. Sadly this didn’t work out, but I had much more luck attending an evening nature walk in a rainy wood run by the MK Natural History Society: this was where I began to get to know some very welcoming and genuine characters who maintain what is between them a substantial oral history of the development of Milton Keynes, some of which is now getting written down.

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Interdisciplinary Event : ‘Studying Gender in the Wake of #MeToo’

Requisition Form_WordpressThis funded Interdisciplinary event was organised by Sofia Doyle, Marion Greziller, Louise Wylie (Politics) and Abigail Bleach and Tania Shew (English), University of Manchester.

The event was a one day conference and activism day on International Women’s Day 8th March 2019, titled ‘Studying Gender in the Wake of #MeToo’. The event brought together activists, PhD students, early career researchers and members of the public to discuss issues pertinent to gender and the academy. The event included a roundtable on Women’s Experiences in Academia, and two panel sessions entitled ‘Resisting Institutional Violence’ and ‘Research and Activism Across Europe’. After these sessions, the day concluded with a feminist zine making workshop run by a local feminist activist and zine making specialist, where we explored alternative ways to represent our research and personal experiences of gender, the university, and the #MeToo movement.

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Pilot studies, planning and preparation prevents poor PhD performance – the value of piloting research methods

Tamsin Fisher, Health and Wellbeing, Keele University, 2017 Cohort

Young people’s well-being and autotelic practices: a narrative and go-along inquiry of youth activities

The research process so far has been a rollercoaster of emotions and progress, though I am sure that I am not alone in this. Stepping into the second year of a PhD is daunting but exciting as preparation for data collection is underway and there is hope that the answers to the questions become nearer. For many, the start of the year will be filled with ethics and one can only hope that it takes one attempt! My ethics, however began back in March… 6 months into the PhD and a little earlier than most!

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