The SOAS-Oxford Research for Development (R4D) lunchtime series

The increased diversification of the ODA funding portfolio brings new opportunities for research institutions to engage in development-focused research through schemes like GCRF and Newton Fund. But what does it mean to do research for development ethically and effectively? How are researchers' roles and expectations changing to meet the demands for impactful research? How should we engage with partners, decision makers and communities across cultural, gender and socioeconomic divides? What new pressures do research managers and research officers face to meet compliance requirements? Each event aims to bring together researchers, students and facilitators to learn, discuss and share insights on specific aspects of ODA-funded research in an informal, interactive and thought-provoking space. 

 

How to join

Each event will be hosted either by Oxford or SOAS with audiences connected via webcast and live tweet. Participants can join one of the venues or participate remotely via the livestream. A link will be made available via this page. 

 

Event series

RESEARCH FOR DEVELOPMENT (R4D) 101 – WHAT IS IT AND WHAT ETHICAL CHALLENGES DOES IT POSE?
Speaker:
Dr Maru Mormina
Senior Researcher and Ethics Advisor 
Ethox Centre, University of Oxford
Where:
Seminar Room G
Manor Road Building, Manor Rd, Oxford OX1 3UQ
When: 
14 November 2019
12.30 - 13.30
Lunch from 12pm.
 
 
INTEGRATING GENDER PLANNING IN RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND PRAXIS
Speaker: 
TBC
Where: 
SOAS, TBC
When: 
30 January 2020
12.30-13.30
THE JOYS AND TRIBULATIONS OF CO-PRODUCTION
Speaker 
TBC
Where: 
Oxford, TBC
When: 
13 February 2020
12.30 - 13.30
Lunch from 12pm
CAPACITY BUILDING: FOR WHOM AND FOR WHAT?
Speaker: 
TBC
Where: 
Oxford, TBC
When: 
13 March 2020
12.30 - 13.30
Lunch from 12pm 
DEVELOPMENT IMPACT – ARE WE GETTING IT RIGHT?
Speaker
TBC
Where:
Oxford, TBC
When:
23 April 2020
12.30-13.30
Lunch from 12pm 
SAFEGUARDING IN DIFFICULT CONTEXTS
Speaker:
TBC
Where:
SOAS, TBC
When: 
14 May 2020
12.30-13.30
INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH AND FUNDING GOVERNANCE: HOW TO NAVIGATE THE TENSIONS
Speaker:
TBC
Where:
SOAS, TBC
When: 
18 June 2020
12.30-13.30 

Creating a web of conversations

We recognise that universities in the UK and internationally are faced with similar questions and have in-house specialists and researchers who are concerned about issues around international development practice. Through this initiative we hope to link conversations happening across contexts to achieve better learning and to develop good practice together. 
 
The University of Oxford and SOAS have teamed up to start the series and we are hoping you will join us. All you need to do is: 
  • Find a suitable room at your organisation capable of receiving the webcast. 
  • Identify a facilitator who is knowledgeable about the topic
  • Invite your colleagues to join you to listen in, tweet, discuss and feedback. 
To explain the concept further, for discussions happening at Oxford, SOAS will join from its London venue with its in-house facilitators. The two sites will be connected via webcast and a live tweet, enabling SOAS to feed questions to the Oxford presenter(s). Conversely, when events take place at SOAS, Oxford will join via livestream from its venue wtih a local facilitator leading the conversation in-house and will feed questions to the SOAS presenter. After the webcast (approximately 30-40 minutes), each venue will continue their own discussion for another 20-30 minutes.  Facilitators in each setting will communicate with each other after the event to share and summarise lessons from the day, later to be shared through our websites. 
 
We encourage other universities to help us expand the circle of learning by joining the webcast and/or organising their own events to which we can link via webcast. We envision this as an environmentally friendly, practical and interactive way to explore important issues in development research and build capacity together. 

Register


You do not need to register if you are joining us via livestream but if you intend to join us at one of our Oxford-led events, please book here.

You can only book one event at a time. 

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Contact us

Oxford: 

 
SOAS:
Romina Istratii (ri5@soas.ac.uk)
 
 
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