“China Emissions and Econometrics” Workshop – 16 June 2017, 10.00 – 15.00, University of East Anglia.  This is a call for applications for the above-mentioned workshop, organised by University of East Anglia in collaboration with University of Kent and University of Essex.

China has overtaken the United States to become the world’s top emitter in 2007 and remarkably reached 1.5 times the U.S. emissions level by 2013. China’s emissions now make up over a quarter of the global total. China has increased its efforts to fight climate change, including its recent pledge for its emissions to peak by 2030. However, such an emissions peak may have already arrived. China’s CO2 emissions appeared slightly decreasing in 2014 for the first time. It seems that China’s CO2 emissions entered into a new normal. The aim of our one-day informal workshop is to discuss “China’s new normal on CO2 emissions and its impact on low-carbon development” between economists, environmental scientists, and political scientists.

Space is limited, so priority will be given on a first come first served basis. Oral presentation is welcomed, if you are interested, please contact Yuli Shan (y.shan@uea.ac.uk) and Han Lin (han.lin@uea.ac.uk).

Environmental Impact Assessment: Putting Theory into Practice” 17 March 2017, University of Kent.  This event is a rare opportunity for PhD students and ECRs to have a face to face and intimate seminar with industry and government practitioners in the field of EIA, discussing and debating current and cutting edge topics that will help identify and inform areas of impact within the field. The seminar will allow networking, partnering and relationship building opportunities and will be an excellent forum for promoting, exploring and identifying research and career opportunities.  Contact Rufus Howard for more information and to book your place rah46@kent.ac.uk

The Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at University of Essex is hosting the 5th annual UK Causal Inference Meeting (UK-CIM), which will take place from Wednesday 5th to Friday 7th April 2017. Check the website https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/ukcim2017 for details

Environmental Politics in Global and Local Contexts” Workshop, 28-29 April 2017, University of Essex.  This workshop will concentrate on different issues related to environmental governance from a political science perspective. Please contact Federica Genovese for more details (fgenov@essex.ac.uk)

“Parental Beliefs, Information and Investments” organised by the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at University of Essex on May 8th 2017.  Check out the event website for more details : https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/2016/12/15/call-for-papers-misoc-workshop-on-parental-beliefs-information-and-investments

“Bytes, Bodies and Souls : Interrogating Human Digitalisation” 30 May 2017, University of Kent.  This workshop aims to bring together researchers across the social sciences, humanities, sciences and other relevant disciplines who are interested in examining the consequences, possibilities, and limitations of human digitalisation.  Papers and Posters are welcomed on any aspect of the conference theme. This may include, although is not restricted to:
? Big Data and its challenges
? The role and impact of the Internet of Things
? Digital ownership and appropriation processes
? Privacy, surveillance, and control
? The role of algorithms in the governance of human digitalisation
? Politics of digital humans from cyber activism to post-truth
? Digital human aesthetics; the forging of a digital soul

Abstracts for papers are invited for consideration. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words in length. Successful applicants will be allocated 15 minutes for the presentation of their paper plus time for questions and discussion.  Abstracts for posters are also invited for consideration. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words in length. Accepted poster presenters will need to deliver the hard copy of their poster to the venue no later than 9 am on the day of the workshop to allow it to be displayed throughout the day.   Submissions should be sent in a Word document format to a.m.holmes@kent.ac.uk. Please include name, title, institution, and email correspondence address and whether you wish to be considered for a paper or poster presentation. The deadline for submission is Friday 3rd March 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by the 19th March 2017.

“Big data in Social Sciences”, 22-23rd June, Centre for Reasoning, University of Kent.  This conference seeks to explore methodological implications of using big data for causal discovery in the social sciences. The conference will bring together philosophers and social scientists. Researchers with interests in big data and methodology, including PhD candidates and early career researchers, are encouraged to submit an abstract of up to 500 words on or before 1st of March via email to vg201@kent.ac.uk. The final decision on submissions will be made by 1st April. Grants will be available to help cover travel costs for contributed speakers.
Contributions should address foundational questions such as the following:
– Which accounts of causality best fit the programme for employing big data for causal discovery?
– How can we get evidence of social mechanisms from big data?
– How can big data enhance our ability to deal with complex phenomena?
– How can data collection techniques affect causal inferences?
– What issues can arise when analysing big data with machine learning algorithms?
– How can data visualizations inform causal models?

Registration is free but compulsory. There are a limited number of places so please register early via email to vg201@kent.ac.uk.    



Centre for Competition Policy PhD Workshop

7-8 June 2016, University of East Anglia, Norwich

This annual workshop brings together new researchers in the fields of competition and regulation whose work expands across the disciplines of Law, Economics, Business and Political Science. The aim of the workshop is to facilitate the exchange of ideas with research students and faculty from the Centre for Competition Policy – giving an excellent opportunity to gain constructive feedback in a friendly and open-minded environment.

The workshop will be free to attend to all Eastern ARC members but accommodation and travel are not included.

INTERESTED IN PRESENTING? Send us a preliminary title for your presentation along with a short description of your research and a brief statement of support from your supervisor.
INTERESTED IN ATTENDING? Send us a short description of your research along with a brief statement of support from your supervisor.
Application deadline: Friday 4th April
Email your applications to: ccp@uea.ac.uk


Centre for Competition Policy Annual Conference on Competition in Financial Markets

9-10 June 1016, University fo East Anglia

Registration opens 31 March.
See http://competitionpolicy.ac.uk/events/annual-conferences for full information


Innovation, Experimentation, Collaboration: Exploring Digital Collections and Data at the British Library – University of East Anglia

Wednesday 9th March 2016, 12-3pm, UEA – ARTS 01.06 Norwich

British Library Labs and the University of East Anglia will host a workshop organised as part of the British Library Labs Roadshow 2016.

The workshop will showcase some of the British Library’s digital content and data, addressing some of the challenges and issues of working with it. It will also explore some of the interesting and exciting projects that researchers, artists and entrepreneurs have developed via the British Library Labs Competition and Awards. The workshop will close with an ‘Ideas Lab’ encouraging participants to explore, experiment and think of ideas of how they might use the British Library’s digital content and data.

The workshop will be free to attend. Researchers from UEA, and across the Eastern ARC, are encouraged to come along, share their research questions and explore how they could work with the data and digital content of the British Library.

Further details, including a full agenda and booking information, is available here.


Call for papers for Changing gender roles in work and family life workshop

This workshop will be held at the University of Kent on the 31st March – 1st April 2016. More information, including details of how to participate, is available here: http://easternarc.ac.uk/latest-news/call-for-papers-for-changing-gender-roles-in-work-and-family-life-workshop-at-kent/




Public lecture: Lessons in Entrepreneurship: the good, the bad, the ugly – Dr Jonathan Milner, Abcam

Wednesday 20 January, 4-5pm – Free admission, no need to book, all welcome

The Sir Brandon Gough lecture theatre, UEA Enterprise Centre, Norwich Research Park, NR4 7TJ (A link to a map is available here)

How do you a turn a research setback into a multi-million pound company?

Come and hear the inspirational story behind biotechnology company Abcam, from founder Jonathan Milner, and learn some valuable lessons about overcoming setbacks in entrepreneurship.

Working as a breast cancer researcher at Cambridge University, and frustrated at being unable to source the quality antibodies that they needed, Jonathan and the research team decided to solve the problem by setting up their own company.

Abcam is now worth almost £700m and Jonathan uses his expert business knowledge as an angel investor. Passionate about supporting UK life science and high-tech start-ups, Jonathan has provided considerable investment and support to over 30 companies and has assisted three technology companies to IPO on the London AIM Stock Exchange.

A not-to-be-missed opportunity to hear from a lively and engaging speaker.


Eastern ARC Autumn Conference, 6 November 2015, University of Essex

The first Eastern ARC Autumn Conference brought together all those involved in the Eastern ARC, working across the three research themes, in each of the three partner universities. The objectives of the conference were:

– To establish a common understanding of Eastern ARC rationale and to highlight progress achieved to date

– To enable each of the research themes to share plans and forthcoming opportunities

– To facilitate the sharing of ideas and stimulate cross-institution and cross-research theme discussions that will help to shape the future of the consortium

More information about the Autumn Conference is available here: http://easternarc.ac.uk/latest-news/eastern-arc-holds-first-autumn-conference/


Digital Humanities theme meeting, 13 October 2015, University of Kent

This meeting brought together Eastern ARC Academic Leads and Research Fellows and also included a number of the newly-appointed PhD students who will undertake research as part of the Digital Humanities theme.

Further planned meetings of the research theme will rotate between the three Eastern ARC partner universities.

Information about other members of the Eastern ARC who have interests in Digital Humanities is available to download from the research theme homepage here.


Digital Humanities launch conference, 8 July 2015, University of Essex

Academic staff at Kent, Essex and UEA are involved in a diverse range of humanities research activities that use digital methodologies. The first Eastern ARC Digital Humanities conference provided an accessible introduction to some of this research. Speakers covered a wide range of topics including:

  • Digitisation and visualisation of artefacts, landscapes and built environments
  • Animation and public engagement, and the exploration of digital user behaviour
  • Using census data to study social history, identification and human rights

The workshop included a discussion of how academics conducting research in areas related to the digital humanities can effectively share ideas and expertise across the Eastern ARC, working collectively and collaboratively where appropriate.


Sandpit workshop: Living Pathways, 22 – 23 June 2015, Eastwell Manor, Kent

Examining the structural, functional and regulatory properties of cells, molecules, tissues or living beings is a complex task. Considering further, how these characteristics change with time and how they alter when things go wrong, the sheer volume and variety of data required to describe a living entity grows enormously.

The Living Pathways sandpit explored ideas around how best to measure, describe and quantify these fundamental properties of life. How can we gather the data obtained in a coherent, useful way? How can we then visualise and display these data in ways that fully engage both researchers and interested lay observers?


Political Psychology workshop, 2 – 3 June 2015, University of Kent

The Eastern ARC’s Quantitative Social Sciences theme, together with the Political Psychology Lab at the University of Kent, organised a Political Psychology workshop, held at Kent in early June.

Topics of discussion included political ideology, political behaviour and attitudes, social justice and inequality, system legitimacy, and group identity.


Sandpit workshop: Who Wants to Live to be 100 if…?, 6 – 8 May 2015, Devonport House, Greenwich

In the context of an increasingly elderly population, many researchers agree that we’re currently seeing a celebration of extending healthy ageing. However, ageing can also bring with it fears of frailty, dementia and disability.

The sandpit workshop brought together academics working across a range of disciplines throughout the universities of the Eastern ARC. Attendees considered the limits that we set on longevity, and how we can ensure that reaching 100 is not to be dreaded.