The Workshops
The network will be primarily structured around three two-day workshops. Each workshop will involve approximately 15 participants (plus the organisers), which will include keynote speakers and other invited experts, practitioners, and stakeholders, as well as research students and early career researchers. The latter will be recruited through calls for participation distributed on relevant list-serves. The workshop will be free to all participants, including travel, accommodation, and meals thanks to the generous support of the AHRC.

The format of these workshops will break with the traditional conference paper structure in favour of a style that aids in the exchange of ideas and the building of social connections. Each workshop session will begin with a 45 minute keynote talk by a speaker who is a world-leading expert on the session’s theme. Following a coffee break, each workshop participant will provide a 2 minute response to the keynote speaker and workshop theme (clearly expressed as a series of questions in a pre-circulated document). This ensures that all voices are heard at least once, including early career and PhD student researchers. Following this rapid-fire round of responses, everyone’s ideas are discussed in an open period of discussion. Through this format, each workshop can maximise the exchange of ideas and build the social network of the network. Both are integral to the future work of the network, which will necessarily shift to a more ‘virtual’ mode of collaboration, via the Research Network blog and list-serve.

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