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Social Science Research Conference 2017

Written by Cuomu Zhaxi.

Image by Elizabeth Peel.

On 12 June 2017, the Department of Social Sciences had its 12th Annual Social Sciences Research (SSR) Conference.

A great selection of papers showcased some of the excellent PhD projects carried out by postgraduate research students from the Department of Social Sciences. These researchers have taken on some challenging issues including the transition from sexually exploited children to sex workers, LGBT rights to adoption in Turkey, car crime in Leicestershire, sexual harassment on the London underground, media representations of women in austerity and so on.

Dr Laura Valadez-Martinez was invited to give a keynote talk about challenges and opportunities during PhD journeys. She shared her experiences of battling lack of motivation and gave many practical suggestions such as keeping a research diary and increasing self-assurance by reading original materials and keeping up-to-date with research development. She addressed that each PhD journey is different therefore it is important to find one’s own way to ‘Live it, enjoy it and shape it’! You can find Laura’s previous talk on a similar topic here.

The conference attracted interests from School of Social, Political and Geographical, School of Business and Economies and School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. With the key theme being “Engagement”, the presenters and participants enjoyed a stimulating environment and an inclusive atmosphere.

The SSR Conference is an annual get-together of postgraduate researchers and members of staff from the Department of Social Sciences. This year’s conference was organised by three PGRs Jack Joyce, Rachel Searcey, and Cuomu Zhaxi and received support from the Graduate School Research Culture Fund. If you want to learn more about the conference, you can search #lboroSSR on Twitter or find the Twitter moment here.

Please keep your eyes on www.lboro.ac.uk/socialsciences for future conference and other exciting events from the Department of Social Sciences.

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