RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2014

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125 Co-production and Postgraduate Research: Presentation and Discussion Session
Affiliation Postgraduate Forum
Convenor(s) Richard Scriven (National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland)
Chair(s) Richard Scriven (National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland)
Hilary Geoghegan (University of Reading, UK)
Timetable Wednesday 27 August 2014, Session 4 (16:50 - 18:30)
Room Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Room 121
Session abstract This year, in responding to the conference theme of Co-Production, session participants are welcomed from postgraduate and early career researchers who wish to explore, speculate and discuss aspects of co-production as it relates to their research and research experiences. Elements of co-production are a central component of postgraduate research, including student-supervisor relationships, originality, innovative methodologies, collaborations, partnerships, social-media roles, online presences and multi/inter-disciplinarity. We are eager to create participatory sessions where postgraduates and early career researchers can contribute to larger discussions while showcasing aspects of their research.

We particularly welcome contributions that address the following themes:
• Theoretical and methodological opportunities and challenges
• Collaborations outside of the academy
• Working closely with or being funded by institutions or commercial organisations
• Researching with people: participants, subjects or partners?
• Integrity, respect and ethics in the research process
• Working with supervisors and working as part of a larger research project
• Co-authoring with fellow postgraduates or with academics
• Reflections on the writing-up process
• Online research and presences

The session is intended to be interactive, with presentations followed by a roundtable discussion. Each participant will give a short (7 minute) presentation centring on an element of her/his research that relates to the theme of co-production, after which there will be a discussion of the ideas and issues raised involving speakers and audience.
Linked Sessions Co-production and Postgraduate Research: Poster Session
Postgraduate Snapshots: Engagements in Social and Cultural Geography
Contact the conference organisers to request a change to session or paper details: AC2014@rgs.org
Dual roles and the management of ethics in ethnographic research
Hannah Bayfield (The University of Sheffield, UK)
Drawing upon both literature around ethnography and insider research, and personal experiences of embedded field research, I will discuss development of an understanding of the negotiation of dual roles in ethnographic research, reflecting on experiences both before and after leaving the field. Following a period of over a year as an employee at Manchester International Festival (MIF), my PhD case study organisation, I will consider here the ethics involved in writing colleagues and participants into the research; reflecting on shifts in positionality throughout the research process.
Getting out of the armchair: Tales of mobilisation and co-production from a Research Fellow at the Huntington Library, California
Natalie Cox (The University of Warwick / Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), UK)
This paper engages with the critical issues facing postgraduate researchers of working with and between multiple institutions to (co)produce research. It offers a personal reflection from an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Student attached to the RGS, who undertook a three month Research Fellowship at the Huntington Library as part of the AHRC's International Placement Scheme (IPS, 2013-14). This tale of mobilising a project on stationary nineteenth-century 'armchair geographers' communicates the practical politics of the IPS and explores how to navigate discrete research agendas across space, as the researcher becomes the point of connection in these collaborative and co-produced networks.
Work, Time and Rhythms: Co-producing a timeline of the working day
Tom Ashfold (University of Oxford, UK)
My PhD research focuses on how and why experiences of working-time and work-life balance vary amongst employees, with a particular focus on the UK city of Oxford. Methodologically, it primarily utilises semi-structured interviews. As part of the interview process, the participant and I co-construct a timeline of their most recent working day. This timeline is then used as a basis for exploring various issues relating to the duration (i.e. number of hours), timing (i.e. when it is conducted within the day) and tempo (i.e. speed or intensity) of work. Following brief overview, my presentation would focus on the opportunities and challenges associated with the use of timelines such as this.
Researching with people you know: Insider research on enthusiasm
Will Andrews (Aberystwyth University, UK)
My research is an investigation of automotive enthusiasm focusing on three case study groups; modified Volkswagen, drift and drag racing enthusiasts. The Volkswagen case study can be understood as insider research as I am a modified Volkswagen enthusiast. My primary method will be participant observation in the field at enthusiast car shows; as an insider it is important that I am an active participant alongside other enthusiasts. This participation means working with people as both a researcher and an enthusiast. As such I am interested in exploring the methodological challenges of co-production of knowledge using data from participants I know in a culture I have significant personal attachment to.
Both here and there: Navigating a PhD between two universities
Cordelia Freeman (The University of Nottingham, UK)
As a second year PhD student, I am spending a full year on fieldwork to study the cultural geographies of Chile’s northern border. For nine months I am living in Arica, a border city close to Peru, where I am based at the Universidad de Tarapacá. This has been an unusual experience of working in two languages, straddling two universities which differ so greatly in terms of funding, opportunities available and the student body, and of discovering the benefits and challenges of the trans-continental knowledge sharing process which is likely to lead to bi-lingual co-authored papers.
Collaborative partners in research: reflexivity, synergy and impact
Anja McCarthy (Newcastle University, UK)
A PhD collaborative studentship is an opportunity to undertake practical research that can directly support the partner organisation. In this presentation, I will reflect on my experience of working closely with my collaborative partner (with Newcastle City Council) at all stages of the research and explore three important areas in this context: reflexivity, synergy, and impact. The aim of the research ('The urban governance of economic development' - an ESRC collaborative studentship with Newcastle City Council) is to understand the role of local government in a changed context of multi-level and multi-agent frameworks of government and governance, and to understand how these processes have unfolded at different levels and in different places. The empirical focus is on local government in England, and the intention is to investigate potential international comparators.