Researchers ask 'why should we listen to you'?
'Why should we listen to you' is an event highlighting and challenging social science research in local communities and is a chance for members of the public to find out why university research is relevant to them.
The event is part of the Economic and Social Research Council's Festival of Social Science, which offers an insight into some of the country's leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives - both now and in the future.
The festival, now in its tenth year, takes place across the UK - via public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings, virtual exhibitions and much more.
Social science research makes a real difference in influencing public policy, contributing to making the economy more competitive, as well as giving people a better understanding of 21st century society. From big ideas to the most detailed observations, social science affects us all everyday - at work, in school, when raising children, within our communities, and even at the national level.
Event organiser Dr Beccy Watson, Principal Lecturer in the Carnegie Faculty at Leeds Met, explains: "We have organised this event to celebrate and share our research as well as to challenge how we build our research as academics. We are inviting community participants to get involved and assess how we listen, how well we listen, and how we construct and communicate our ideas. The workshop will include collective writing techniques, use of dramatic techniques and we hope that it will help guide and shape our future research and ensure that it is both relevant and accessible to all."
Leeds based writer Sai Murray will be facilitating the event whilst community participants from Leeds Young Authors, RJC Dance, Chapeltown Youth Development Centre and community groups have been invited. 'Why should we listen to you' will take place at the Leeds West Indian Centre on Wednesday 7 November from 6-8pm and refreshments will be provided.