LISS DTP Monthly Newsletters

April 2023      


  1. Summer Symposium – LISS DTP Summer Symposium – Call for Abstracts   
  1. ED&I Open Forum Minutes and Actions   
  1. Funding Opportunities – Final year, Submitted PhDs and Post Doctoral fellows  
  1. Events 
  1. 4th PPRN Graduate Workshop 
  1. Mind the Gap 2023 
  1. LISS DTP Achievements 
  1. PhD Masterclass:  



1.Summer Symposium – LISS DTP Summer Symposium – Call for Abstracts 

Join us at the LISS DTP Summer Symposium for a day of dialogue on the latest ideas, data, insights, models and methods across all LISS-DTP pathways.    

The call for abstracts for talks and/or posters is now open. Submission will close on Monday, 8th May 2023 at 23:59 BST. We welcome abstracts exploring the impact of interdisciplinary research. This call is open to all current LISS-DTP PhD students and those who completed their PhD within the past 12 months. 

Please use the following link to submit your abstract:   

Abstract Submission 


2. ED&I Open Forum 

I would like to thank all those who attended the LISS DTP Open Forum on March 30, there were many excellent questions and points made which the DTP will take work on. Please see the below minutes and actions, these will be available on the website. 

ED&I Open Forum Minutes and Actions 

We will We also will be putting out a call for expressions of interest in ED&I Committee representative roles, and the next ED&I Committee meeting, keep your eyes peeled on the newsletters! We would like to see you there! 


3. Funding Opportunities – Final year, Submitted PhDs and Post Doctoral fellows 

Pre-announcement: ESRC responsive mode new investigator round one 

30-03-2023 09:00 AM BST 

This funding opportunity funds new researchers at the start of their careers to support them to become independent researchers through gaining experience of managing and leading research projects and teams. From May 2023, eligibility remains the same, but you will apply via the UKRI Funding Service. This is a pre-announcement and information may change. 

Pre-announcement: ESRC responsive mode research grant round one 

30-03-2023 09:00 AM BST 

This funding opportunity funds responsive research which is researcher-driven and can support basic, applied, or strategic research in ESRC’s remit. From May 2023, eligibility remains the same, but you will apply via the UKRI Funding Service. This is a pre-announcement and information may change. 


4. Events 

Diverse voices shaping positive peace through socially engaged arts  
Wednesday 19 April 2023  
16.00 – 17.30 BST  
Online, via Teams Live  
We are delighted to invite you to join this online panel discussion convened by the British Council research and insight team considering the role of diverse voices within socially engaged arts in shaping long-term positive peace.   

The Cultural Relations Collection essay series asks early-career and established researchers to examine the theory and practice of cultural relations. We invite fresh perspectives on what has been the British Council’s business for almost 90 years – building connections, understanding and trust.  
This upcoming edition explores how cultural relations can contribute to peacebuilding in different settings and contexts.   
Taking place during the week of 17-21 April 2023 following the historic 25th Anniversary of the signing of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, we will be referring to case studies from both Northern Ireland and Colombia and using an upcoming essay from the next iteration of our Cultural Relations Collection (April 2023) on cultural relations and peacebuilding, as a springboard for discussion.   

Please register here 

Access, Participation and Success – 7th International Biennial Conference ‘Through the looking glass: How Higher Education is using the lens of access, participation and success to create equity for all students’ 

We invite academics, policy makers, and practitioners at all points in their careers, and very importantly students from across the UK (United Kingdom) and internationally, to join us for an important 1.5-day online conference on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 April 2023. 

We will be using MS Teams to deliver our FREE online conference. 

Coming together from across the sector we will explore practical solutions to improve access, participation and success for students from underrepresented and disadvantaged groups. 

Speakers will deliver a mix of keynote presentations, 1-hour interactive workshops, 30-minute seminars, poster presentations and panel discussions aligned to the following themes: 

  • Theme 1: Student engagement including co-creation, representation, and student voice 
  • Theme 2: Inclusion including curriculum, assessment, tuition, and communication 
  • Theme 3: Accessibility including student support, digital inclusion, and service delivery 
  • Theme 4: Student success including motivation, equity and employability 

Further details about our speakers and the conference programme are now available on our conference website

For further information please contact us on 

Reserve a spot here 

The British Library would like to invite you to the next Doctoral Open Day onsite at St Pancras, London.  

Our annual series of Doctoral Open Days offer PhD students the chance to discover our research resources and explore the practicalities of using the Library. This hybrid programme of online and in-person events and resources are designed to support students in navigating the Library’s vast and varied physical and digital collections, introduce them to expert staff and provide the opportunity to meet other researchers. These days are aimed at first-year doctoral students, but those in other years who want to increase their knowledge of The British Library and its collections are also very welcome! 

Asian and African Collections (Friday 21st April 2023) 

Our Asian and African collections cover hundreds of languages and are key to anyone studying materials from Africa, South East Asia, South Asia, East Asia and the Middle East and Central Asia. Join us for a closer look and to find out more in sessions with our curators, and meet other researchers in your area – no matter what your time period! Please find the updated programme attached. Refreshments will be provided. 

Booking link: 

For more information on the Doctoral Open Day series: 

For enquiries, please contact: 

NCRM Annual Lecture 2023 

The NCRM Annual Lecture 2023 will be held on Tuesday, 25 April. This prestigious event will bring together researchers from across the UK to discuss some of the latest innovations in research methods and network with colleagues from different sectors and disciplines. 

Our keynote speaker for the evening will be Professor Elizabeth Stokoe of the London School of Economics and Political Science. She will be joined by our discussant, Dr Jon Sutton, editor of The Psychologist magazine. 

The event will take place in the magnificent surroundings of the Royal Society in central London. It will also be streamed online.  

For more information, including how to register click here.    


5. 4th PPRN Graduate Workshop:  

If you are a PhD student or early-career researcher working in Public Policy, Public Management, Political Economy or Political Behaviour don’t miss the fourth edition of the PPRN Graduate Workshop. It will be a unique opportunity to meet other researchers studying similar topics, hear about high-quality doctoral research in your area, and expand your professional network. 

The workshop will be held in a hybrid format with presenters, discussants, and attendees joining in-person at King’s College London and online. For those who are able to attend in person, lunch and other refreshments will be provided and the event will be followed by a networking reception 

For more information and how to register please click here


6. Mind the Gap 2023: 

The Mind the Gap LGBTQIA+ Conference is a free hybrid conference held on Saturday the 29th and Sunday the 30th of July 2023 at King’s College London.  

Last year we addressed and explored the gaps between academic research and everyday LGBTQIA+ realities, by combining academic presentations with community speakers. This year we’re going one step further, by thinking about what it means to cross these gaps, and bring seemingly-separate dichotomies together. We welcome abstracts for 15-minute (online or in-person) presentations from people at any stage of their research, in any discipline. 

The deadline to submit abstracts is now 17:00 30th of April, and you can do so here here 

For further information please contact 

7. LISS DTP Achievements –  

Religion and Political Parties in South Africa: A Framework and Systematic Review 

David Jeffery recently published his first solo-authored article: Religion and Political Parties in South Africa: A Framework and Systematic Review. After posting it on Twitter, he was asked to write a piece on it for both The Conversation and the LSE Blog. Here are the links to the articles:

The article in The Conversation was syndicated widely, including by the largest news outlet in South Africa, News24. He was then interviewed on national radio about the article (in ‘Facts of Faith’ on SAFM) and by the Mail and Guardian. 

Well done David! 

The PhD Parent/Carer Group    

The PhD Parent/Carer Group is a support hub with tailored workshops for PhD candidates whose multiple roles exacerbate time constraints, increase stress and health risks and compound the isolation of being a PhD student, all of which affect the children or vulnerable people under our care. Our networking events and activities focus on members’ well-being and research career progress. Workshops planned include training in productivity-enhancing technologies, Vitae’s “Balanced Researcher” strategies, resilience building, negotiations and career progression, all tailored to the unique context of being both PhD candidates and parents/carers. To get in touch, please email with “PhD Parent/Carer Group” in the subject heading.  


8. PhD Masterclass: Interdisciplinary perspectives on researching inequality: developing your identity as a researcher 

April 27th 11 am – 12.30pm including lunch 

Room 313, School of Law, QMUL hosted by QMUL’s Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Law and School of Business and Management research centres on equality LEAD and CRED.  

A PhD Masterclass with Professor Ellen Ernst Kossek (Purdue) and Professor David Oppenheimer (Berkeley) will be taking place on April 27th between 11am and 12.30pm.  

This is an excellent opportunity to network in an informal setting with fellow doctoral researchers in the humanities and social sciences and both Ellen and David will be able to answer any questions you might have about for example,   

-how to build a career in academia and establish a profile  

-how to develop a publication strategy  

-how to find potential co-authors  

-how to juggle research, teaching and administrative work  

You can register here: