Centre for Global Development

Call for Abstracts – 5th Annual RiDNet conference

The Researchers in Development Network at the University of Leeds 5th Annual RiDNet conference

“I, Researcher: exploring the research experience – context, self and interdisciplinary practice”

27th of January, 2017 at the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds. The conference is being held in room 8.119.

Directions to the venue

Walking route: From the main entrance beside the big white clock tower (Parkinson Building) head under the arch immediately adjacent to the traffic barrier follow path for 150 yds.

Key note speakers:

Dr Eleanor Fisher, University of Reading https://www.reading.ac.uk/apd/staff/e-fisher.aspx

Dr Nilam Ashra-McGrath, University of Leeds https://medhealth.leeds.ac.uk/profile/648/255/nilam_ashra-mcgrath

Conference programme

Time Content
8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:10 Welcome
9:10-9.50 Keynote speaker 1:  Dr Eleanor Fisher – “What I wish I’d known…”
9.50-10.20 Tea/coffee break
10.20-11.30 Parallel panel sessions
Panel 1:  Methodological reflections on our role as researchers: positionality and reflexivity
Panel 2:  Changing perspectives on positionality
11.30-12.00 Discussion
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:10 Parallel panel sessions
Panel 3:   Managing participants expectations
Panel 4:   Going into the unknown – challenging contexts
14.20-15.00 Keynote speaker 2: Dr Nilam Ashra-McGrath – PhD Rollercoaster and coping strategies
15.00-16.00 Roundtable groups (with tea and coffee):   Self


16.00-16.20 RiDNet history and book launch
16.20-16.30 Closing remarks and thanks
16.30-18:30 Wine reception plus optional conference dinner



The Researchers in Development Network, or RiDNet, is a student led network of PhD students and early career researchers working in international development and/or conducting social research in developing countries.  Our annual conference aims to give students and early career researchers a chance to share experiences, ideas and methods.

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