LISS DTP Monthly Newsletters

June 2023      


  1. Summer Symposium – Programme of events Call for Abstracts   
  1. Making the crossing: Your interdisciplinary PhD and beyond 
  1. The annual SGSSS AQM & Dataset Steers Conference, ‘Working with diverse forms of Social Data for new insights’, will take place on 21st June (Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh). 
  1. The Nightline Association - Paid Research Assistant opportunity 
  1. Post PhD Reflections: What is academia and do I want to work in it? 
  1. Les Messagers – Film screening and workshop 
  1. LISS DTP Standing Items 


Reminder: OIV funding has increased, with awards up to £1500 for European destinations or £2500 for more distant destinations. Please see here for further details. 


1. LISS DTP Summer Symposium – Programme of events 

The day is finally upon us! 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.    

Please view our extensive pamphlet here , and your last chance to sign up and attend is here: registration.  

Directions to the Strand entrance can be found here, please let us know if you have any questions. 

We cancan’t wait to see you tomorrow! 


2. Making the crossing: Your interdisciplinary PhD and beyond 

The annual SGSSS Interdisciplinary Conference on 19th June (Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh). The event has been designed for PhD candidates who work with interdisciplinary data usually defined as research that crosses UKRI council barriers (for example, social sciences with health, or with arts & humanities) though the event may be of interest to students working across social science disciplines. As well as attending to hear from our expert speakers, delegates will be encouraged to network with others who do similarly challenging research. 

Invited speakers are established experts who have applied their research skills and social science expertise in range of disciplinary sectors. The keynote is delivered by Prof. Thusha Rajendran, Professor of Developmental Psychology at Heriot-Watt University and member of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics. Other contributors include Prof. Colin Graham,  whose work crosses Earth Sciences and Chemistry.   

The event is designed to support students doing research that offers ‘additional’ challenges and sessions will focus on career planning (which conference to attend? Which roles to apply for?) and writing up the thesis (should you merge literatures from disparate fields?). 

REGISTRATION OPEN! Click here to register 


3. The annual SGSSS AQM & Dataset Steers Conference, ‘Working with diverse forms of Social Data for new insights’, will take place on 21st June (Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh).  

The event has been designed for PhD candidates working with datasets and/or using advanced data skills (quantitative; data science; digital data; big data) and as well as expert speakers, delegates will be encouraged to network with peers also working with challenging data.  

Invited speakers are established experts who have pioneered in the field of data-driven research and include Prof. Susan McVie, (Professor of Quantitative Criminology, co-founder of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research with leading roles, and significant impact on quantitative research in Scotland) and Dr. Antonia Gieschen (Lecturer in Predictive Analysis with established expertise in big data and machine learning applied to health food and diet).  

The interactive event will help attendees grow in familiarity with the various forms of social science data as well as consider examples of research that robustly analyse such data. There will be an opportunity for attendees to discuss how diverse forms of social data might relate and contribute to their own PhD projects. We have confirmed research presentations and key data custodians will be presenting and attending. The event has co-developed with another major ESRC investments: Administrative Data Research Centre UK. We do hope that your students will sign up and come along on 21st June. 

Students are invited to register here. 

4.  The Nightline Association - Paid Research Assistant opportunity 

The Nightline Association are looking for a Research Assistant. The research assistant will work closely with the organisation’s Chief Executive, Katie Endacott, and the Chair of Trustees, Professor Michael Sanders, to develop, deliver, and analyse a small number of studies that aim to better understand how to increase awareness of and access to Nightline Services around the UK.  

The role will be for on average one day a week over the next twelve months, with flexible and remote working. The role will report to the Chief Executive of the NLA, and be an employee of the NLA, but will also be associated with the Experimental Government Team at King’s College London, and able to access mentorship and support through KCL.  

The candidate will work with a marketing assistant and the chief executive to design and deliver trials testing different behavioural messages and interventions that aim to support people to access support when they need it most. They will be responsible (with support from colleagues) for analysis and reporting of data from these studies, and communicating them with internal and external stakeholders as appropriate.  

For more information including how to apply click here


5. Post PhD Reflections: What is academia and do I want to work in it?! 

This event will be a friendly opportunity for doctoral students to think about working in academia after they finish their PhDs. We will hear briefly from three speakers: Dr. Rana Khazbak, Dr. Billy Holzberg, and Dr. Amy Seakins before we open for general discussion and Q&A about academia after the PhD. 

You don’t have to be certain you want to stay in academia to attend (lol, is anyone), but the aim is to give us a chance to honestly chat about the options post-PhD and the experiences of peers who have made the transition out of their PhDs and into academic or non-academic posts in universities. 

While Rana and Billy currently hold academic posts at King’s, Amy, who previously completed her PhD at King’s and worked as a Research Associate for some time has now moved into the role of Deputy Head of Public Engagement at Imperial. 

Refreshments (alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks and some snacks) will be provided, so please only sign up for an in person ticket if you are able to come. 

Please register your attendance here


6. Les Messagers – Film screening and workshop 

Please join us for a screening of Les Messagers, directed by Hélène Crouzillat and Laetitia Tura, followed by a discussion on space- and film-making in social science research inspired by this moving and thought-provoking documentary. 

Les Messagers (2014) examines the disappearance of migrants along their harrowing journey into the European Union—a symbolic and physical swallowing of individuals made most vulnerable by the border. Through the testimonies of those who attempted to cross the border by land or by sea at Melilla, a Spanish city at the northern edge of Morocco, Crouzillat and Tura expose the dark irony of a guard’s claim that the border “does no harm.” Each of these “messengers” recounts the ways they escaped death over the course of their journey. Each also tells the stories of those who did not—adults and children dying of exhaustion, violence, or drowning. With carefully composed and poetic shots, Crouzillat and Tura trace an invisibilized aspect of the migratory experience, one that takes place in the ‘blank’ spaces of cartographic maps: in the Mediterranean, Moroccan desert, and unmarked migrant grave sites. 

For more information and how to register attendance please click here

7. 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.