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Interdisciplinarity: Breaking Boundaries - ESRC Student Conference 2019

Interdisciplinarity – Beyond Boundaries

Cambridge ESRC DTP Graduate Student Conference

University of Cambridge, Friday 25th October 2019

The Cambridge ESRC DTP Conference Committee invite contributions from MPhil and PhD students in all disciplines across the schools of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences to discuss the challenges, complexities, benefits and critiques of interdisciplinarity and to share interdisciplinary work.

Interdisciplinarity draws on methods, knowledge and ideas from a range of different (academic) disciplines beyond traditional boundaries. Taking an interdisciplinary approach enables contributing to and benefitting from other subjects and disciplines, and opening up the seeming dichotomy between the arts and the sciences. Through interdisciplinarity we can ask novel research questions such as: what literary theory can teach us about crime reduction, how advances in biomedicine can inform our understandings of structural violence and oppression, or how vectors, brains and button responses shape our understanding of language. Questions of this kind can bring new insights into complex challenges. But why is interdisciplinarity encouraged and what is its significance?

Interest in interdisciplinary research questions has increased considerably in recent years, both from researchers’ and funders’ perspectives. The Cambridge ESRC DTP supports interdisciplinary research through the establishment of subject-overarching thematic clusters and funders such as the European Research Council particularly “encourage proposals of a multi- or interdisciplinary nature which cross the boundaries between different fields of research” (ERC work programme 2019). Yet despite initiatives facilitating interdisciplinary work, the structures of many universities – including Cambridge – also create challenges for researchers who attempt to reach across disciplinary boundaries. Thus, to encourage engagement with interdisciplinarity beyond boundaries...

The schedule for the 2019 Conference is as follows:

Time

Event

9:15-9:30

Introductory Remarks, Cynthia Beerbower Room, Newnham College

 

Cynthia Beerbower Room

Clusters 1 & 2

Lucia Windsor Room

Cluster 3

Sidgwick Hall

Clusters 4 & 5

9:30-11:00

Wellbeing & The Body

 

Wild Foods for Nutrition Security

Charlotte Milbank

 

Workplaces, Employment and Well-Being: Analysis of the “Britain’s Healthiest Workplace” Dataset

William Fleming

 

Queering the Brain: Using Queer Theory to Critique Sex Differences Research

Miriam Shovel

 

 

Heritage

 

Jack of All Trades, Master of None? Reflections on Interdisciplinarity in Heritage Studies

Simon Weppel

 

The Need for Holistic Approaches to Heritage Management – a Case Study of the Kui in Thailand

Alisa Santikarn

Law & Economics

 

The Race to the Bottom Revisited: A Legal – Economic Analysis

Maayan Menashe

 

Towards an Effective Role to The Libyan Audit Bureau in Enhancing Corporate Governance in Libyan Oil Sector 

Albahlol Alayat

 

How can policy-makers estimate the impact of educational interventions within a complex system?

Elizabeth Killen

11:00-11:30

Coffee and Refreshments, Newnham College Iris Café

11:30-13:00

Health

 

Epidemiological Research in the Ageing Population

Sarah Assaad

 

When clinical meets the empirical: how patient and public involvement research strategies can be utilized within social science research

Sarah Crockford

 

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Hannah Forde

Cultures & Communities

 

Interdisciplinary Dickens: The Advantages of Technology and Empiricism

Abderrezzaq Ghafsi

 

Multilingualism in Early Modern History

Weiao Xing

 

Workplace Selection Preferences of Early Career Electrical Engineers in Hungary - An Interdisciplinary Approach Szabolcs Kiss

Power & Politics

 

Anthropological Theory and Methods for the Study of Political Elites

Michael Gerlich

 

Definition of Democratic Deficit

Mqondobanzi Nduna Magonya

 

Corporate Social Responsibility in London’s SME Hotel sector

Maryam Khodaviren

 

Time

Event

13:00-14:00

Lunch, Newnham College Hall (registered only)

 

Cynthia Beerbower Room

Clusters 1 & 2

Lucia Windsor Room

Cluster 3

Sidgwick Hall

Clusters 4 & 5

14:00-15:30

Environment & Place

 

Not so Radiant: The Covert Politics of Le Corbusier’s Ville Radieuse

Esther Luigi

 

Housing Tenure and Mental Health

Marco Felici

 

A Community-Driven Nature-Based Design Framework for the Regeneration of Neglected Urban Public Spaces

Gloria Osei

Gender & Sex

 

Transgressive Fiction: The Accuser Theory

Anja Housden-Brooks

 

Work, Gender and the Past: Reading Economics as Text

Auriane Terki-Mignot

 

What can feminist narratives of reproductive activism reveal about the politics of gendered embodiment?

Aideen O’Shaughnessy

 

Networks & Behaviour

 

Power, Prices and Centrality: A Holdings-Based Model of Financial Networks

Christoph Wu

 

Interactive Behaviour Chain (IBC) as a Scientific Model in Measuring the Behavioural Impact of Individuals on Strategic Investment Decisions

Khalid Almabruk Nayel

 

Analysing Peer Influence: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Laura Kennedy 

15:30-16:30

ESRC Internships: Experiences & Panel Discussion, Cynthia Beerbower Room

Amarpreet Kaur, Hannah Marshall and Alev Sen

16:30-17:30

Keynote: Professor Bhaskar Vira, Introduced by Prof. Loraine GelsthorpeCynthia Beerbower Room

17:30-18:30

Informal Drinks & Networking, The Granta