Student led activity funding

Pathway Funding & Student-led Events

LISS DTP invites applications from PhD students and staff at any of our three partner institutions for funding to support interdisciplinary events. To qualify for funding, your event must:

  1. Involve at least 1 LISS DTP funded student as an organiser.  Please see a list of our current funded cohort here.
  2. Be student-centred (primarily organised by and/or for students).
  3. Be accessible to students from all 3 institutions.
  4. Be open to all LISS DTP affiliated students (although priority may be given to LISS DTP funded students if enrolment needs to be capped for resource reasons).
  5. Have at least 1 activity within 3 months of the closing date of the call
  6. Have a LISS DTP pathway lead as the academic ‘sponsor’ who agrees to manage the funding (sponsor should be based at the institution where the majority of funds will be spent)

Activities eligible for funding can include one-off events like a workshop or conference, or recurring events like reading groups, seminar series, etc. We encourage innovative and imaginative proposals.

We are very happy to receive applications to co-fund events with other DTPs or other organisations.

We can consider applications for up to £3000.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis every working Monday morning, but you should submit your application at least 2 months ahead of the planned date in order to give sufficient time for the necessary publicity and planning.  You should expect to hear the outcome of your application within 2 weeks of the Monday following its submission, but it may take a further two weeks for funding to be transferred where appropriate. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposals with the Deputy Director for Training and Cohort Development (Dr Paul Copeland) and/or with their pathway representative.

Student Led Activities Fund Application Form

Funded SLAF Activities

Doing ethnographic research in conflict-affected communities: reflections on theory, place and people

On Thursday 24th May 2018, LISS-DTP Pathway 11 held a workshop entitled ‘Doing ethnographic research in conflict-affected communities: reflections on theory, place and people’. The aim of the workshop was to explore some of the challenges facing researchers seeking to carry out ethnographic research, often on sensitive topics, in challenging environments. Five speakers were invited to discuss their experiences of ethnographic fieldwork and to guide discussion – Dr Emma Mc Cluskey (King’s), Dr Nicola Palmer (King’s), Dr Eleanor Pritchard (University of Oxford), Dr Kate Saunders-Hastings (University College London), and Dr Holly Porter (London School of Economics). The speakers led panel sessions and group discussions addressing pertinent topics including the ethics of ethnographic research, research design, the practical challenges of fieldwork, and the relationship between theory and practice. Attendees were encouraged to ask questions and debate with the speakers throughout the day.

The workshop opened numerous conversations with potential to encourage more nuanced and ethical research designs.

Hannah Goozee:

PLASMA Workshop #2

This event on 5th and 6th of October 2018 was the second workshop organised by the Platform for Social Research in Mental Health in Latin America (PLASMA), a group of 8 Latin American PhD Students studying in the UK, Portugal, and France. The focus of the workshop is mental health in Latin America from a social science and global health approach. Mental disorders are one of the main contributors to the global burden of disease and disability, causing direct impacts at the individual and community level. A social science approach to mental health is of great importance in Latin America among other reasons due to our growing megacities and high levels of social inequality.

Young researchers and renowned keynote speakers presented their work throughout the two days of the Workshop alongside panel discussions about regional challenges for sustainable development in Latin America.


Norha Vera San Juan:

Implications of AI and Automation for Researchers in the Social Sciences

An interdisciplinary workshop held on 11th October 2018 featuring six presentations by researchers from a diverse range of backgrounds who shared their thoughts and findings on what artificial intelligence and automation mean for democracy, political preferences, ethics, healthcare, public attitudes and social justice.

Speakers included researchers working at the RSA, Oxford Internet Institute, Turing Institute, King’s College (x2) and Bocconi University.

Karen Jeffrey:

Business in the Society

The Business in the Society network provides a forum for reflective and critical interdisciplinary discussion on the function(s) of corporations in the broader society. The role that business plays within society is evolving constantly due to global and local trends, such as financialization, migration and climate change.

Reading Group:
The reading group aims to provide a London-wide platform for reflective and critical interdisciplinary discussion on the role of corporations in the broader society.  It aims to enable practitioners and researchers working on the same set of questions to network, share findings, inspire methodological innovation and create an interdisciplinary understanding.
We meet every second Thursday of the month from 3 pm – 4 pm at (NE) 8.16 Bush House, King’s College London.

Every month we will upload a short podcast discussing business ethics with a practitioner or researcher. We will discuss their work / research, their approach to business ethics and their opinions on current trends.


Onna Van Den Broek:

PhD Seminar Series in International Political Sociology

The first LISS DTP funded PhD seminar series on International Political Sociology (IPS) has been a unique opportunity for PhD students to meet their peers from other London universities (and beyond). The successful first series, running from May 2018 to May 2019, is being followed by a second LISS DTP funded series, running from June 2019. The seminars are aimed at PhD students in various disciplines whose research uses concepts, tools, and methods from the growing literature on IPS.

Participants take part in 10-12 seminars over 12 months. Each monthly session is two hours long and involves two students presenting their work. Each student invites a senior academic discussant who scrutinises the student’s work for 10-15 minutes prior to a general discussion with all participants.

In addition, we host special events promoting IPS as a field. These events invite leading academics to discuss general themes and debates with the seminar participants and other colleagues interested in IPS. For example, we have organised special events on historical sociology and IPS, reflexive sociology and international law, and IPS and law.

Website: PhD Seminar Series in IPS

PhD Seminar Series in International Political Sociology

The Is it just me? Discussing mental health and the PhD experience event will take place on 30 January 2019, 16:00-18:00 at the Mason Lecture Theatre in Bancroft Building, Mile End, Queen Mary University of London.

The event aims to raise awareness of mental health issues among PhD students and is part of a larger PGR wellbeing campaign and initiatives taking place at QMUL this year, that are co-funded by the Office for Students and Research England Catalyst Fund: supporting mental health and wellbeing for postgraduate research students. This particular event is collaboratively organised by QMUL staff and PhD students funded by the LISS DTP.

The evening will consist of talks by invited academics who have worked on the topic, a panel discussion and discussion with audience members. A reception will follow at the Bancroft building foyer from 6pm.

To register and for more details, including abstracts and bios, please click here.

For further details or questions about the event, please contact Matthew Hunt:

Unfolding Research – Problem-Solving Techniques for PhD Students

The aim of our project is to collect easily accessible problem-solving techniques tailored to the needs of PhD students and early career researchers.

These strategies are intended to guide young researchers through moments of pressure, help them sustain or restore productive thinking processes and allow them to approach problems from new and unusual directions. We collect these techniques using an interdisciplinary and inclusive process, involving experienced researchers and the PhD community in various fields and institutions.

The strategies serve as short reminders of proven and reliable working habits. While prescribing no detailed method, the strategies will encourage young researchers to look beyond their conventional working patterns, consider alternative approaches and stimulate creative thinking. Our project contributes to the sharing of successful research and problem-solving techniques across generations of academics, disciplines and universities.

Upcoming Events: We plan the first focus group to discuss the strategies with early career researchers and PhD students in late February 2019.


Fabian Bohnenberger:

Feminist & Gender Research Reading Group

The Feminist & Gender Research Reading Group is a PhD student-led monthly reading group set up to explore ideas, theories and thinking related to feminism, intersectionality, gender and our own research. Our members are working in a wide variety of disciplines including management and business, cultural studies, history, health, geography, politics and music. Members take it in turns to suggest topics and readings and lead discussion, providing an informal and supportive arena to reflect with fellow students on their own research. We tend to meet on a Tuesday lunchtime – lunch is provided, once a month and we welcome new members. We also invite guest speakers to lead workshops.

Anyone interested in joining our next discussion should email or contact us via our facebook page:

The Politics of Knowledge and African Struggles for Epistemic Freedom

We warmly invite you to the lecture “The Politics of Knowledge and African Struggles for Epistemic Freedom”, delivered by leading African decolonial scholar Professor Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni. The lecture includes a Q&A session and will be followed by a reception. Prof. Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni is Professor at the University of South Africa and head of the African Decolonial Research Network. He has published several books and articles on decoloniality, Africa, development, Pan-Africanism and the academy, among others. The event will take place in the David Sizer Lecture Theatre (Bancroft Building) on Queen Mary’s Mile End Campus on Monday 21st October 2019 from 18:45 to 20:30. Everyone is welcome.

To book your place, please click here

Felix Mantz:
Decolonise QMUL: 

LISS DTP Networking for Health, Well-being and Social Inclusion Pathways

Networking event on 26th November 2019 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM for the health pathways:

1 Health Practices, Innovation & Implementation

2 Life Course, Psychology & Health

3 Health, Biopolitics & Social Inequality

Liam Arnull:

Media and Hong Kong Protest (Exhibition + Panel Discussion)

6 December 2019

Since the outbreak of the Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill Movement in Hong Kong in June 2019, an overwhelming volume of news on various online platforms has sparked discussion about what happened/did not happen. Against the backdrop of the prevalence of fake news, apparently it is much easier for us to form an opinion about a news event based on our beliefs and intuition than critical evaluation of the media and its stories. Each person seems to have their own version of truth, becoming vulnerable to creating and reinforcing an echo chamber through selective reading.


The exhibition features a wide variety of text, images and videos collected from Hong Kong and international media. You are invited to reflect on these artefacts critically as you immerse yourself in the semiotic landscapes of the social movement. You are also highly encouraged to interact with other participants and discuss what you see. There will be a few interactive zones where you can express your thoughts with words and/or art.

Panel Discussion

We are extremely delighted to have two panels of academic scholars, artists and campaigners to share their insights with us. Panel discussion starts at 1:00 pm. Please visit our website for the full programme.

Further information



LISS DTP Multivariate Methods Training

An afternoon training event for PhD students on 17th January 2020 of multivariate methods and their applications in research

Please visit to register

The Breaking Mad Podcast

Breaking Mad is a light-hearted podcast about mental health hosted by Maev Conneely (a PhD student funded by LISS-DTP) and Jasmine Martinez (a Trainee Clinical Psychologist). We interview researchers, clinicians, and people who have experience mental health problems. Our conversations cover everything from personal experiences of mental distress and coping, to general questions about what being well means, and the current evidence-base for different treatments.

The podcast was set up thanks to Student-Led Cohort Activity funding.

You can find the podcast on Spotify:

(or search “Breaking Mad” wherever you get your podcasts)

Get in touch with us!


Insta: wearebreakingmad

Twitter: Breaking_Mad_