SPS Exploratory Lunch: Open Social Science
Join the SPS Co-Directors of Research for the next event in the Exploratory Lunch series on open social science.
This session will explore the opportunities and challenges raised by open research for quantitative and qualitative research.
The term 'open research' has become increasingly common in academic discourse as more researchers embrace its core principles and more funders establish policies promoting it. However, it is one thing to agree that research should be transparent, collaborative and accessible, and quite another to achieve this in practice. The purpose of this session is to explore the opportunities and challenges raised by open research for quantitative and qualitative researchers at the School of Social and Political Science. Researchers from three subject areas will join the Deputy Director of Research (Data and Open Research) to share experiences, discuss their work on open research, and reflect on new expectations regarding data sharing and academic publishing.
- Dr Rosalind Attenborough (STIS) received her PhD in Science and Technology Studies from the University of Edinburgh in 2020. She is currently an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow working on a project entitled “Open and healthy research cultures: Bringing insights into policy and practice”.
- Dr Roxanne Connelly (Sociology) is Senior Lecturer of Sociology and Quantitative Methods. Her research falls in the interconnected fields of social stratification and the sociology of education. She is part of the Edinburgh Research Training Centre and has provided training in statistical data analysis and research transparency methods internationally.
- Dr Jean-Benoît Falisse (CAS) is lecturer in African Studies and International Development and Fellow of the Edinburgh Futures Institute where he co-leads the development the MSc programme in Data, Inequality and Society. His research is on access to basic social services in so-called ‘fragile’ countries. He has recently coordinated an effort to map the governance of the Covid-19 response.
- Dr Lisa McCormick (Sociology) is Deputy Director of Research (Data and Open Research) and Senior Lecturer in Sociology.