Grant Development Meeting – 10th June 2019
Funded by Priority Research Area Board, Open University, UK
Date: 10 June 2019 – 10:00 – 17:00
Venue: Wellcome Trust
This grant development meeting will bring together a group of researchers from different disciplines, including sociology, psychology, end-of-life care, linguistic anthropology, narrative studies, social media communication, design and arts, with an interest in issues around death, dying and bereavement. In this one-day intensive seminar, participants will seek to develop concrete ideas for seeking funding in support of an interdisciplinary project that will look at new visibilities of death, dying and bereavement. The idea for the project has come out of conversations among members of the Death Online Research Network during and after the 4th Symposium held at the University of Hull. The project is motivated by the recognition of a need to challenge the ‘death is taboo’ thesis and explore instead which aspects of death, dying, bereavement and legacies are routinely talked about, narrativised, and socially visibilised and which are less so, or absent from the public discourse. The aim of this project is to contribute to the academic knowledge in the field of death and dying and to design – and experiment with – creative ways of engaging the public in explorations of death, dying, bereavement, and legacies both online and offline, in search for a ‘new’ language for articulating related issues. The number of participants to this network meeting is limited. If you are interested in attending, email Korina.Giaxoglou@open.ac.uk with a brief summary of your interest in the area and your motivation for attending.
PRA Away Day – 2nd July 2019
The PRA Away Day will be held on the 2nd July at Chicheley Hall again this year.
Similar to last year, the Away Day will be an opportunity for PRA members to come together, share their experiences and research projects and meet new colleagues.
Further details and an agenda will be available soon but if you would like to hear more about this event please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Invitations have now been sent out via Eventbrite, or you can sign up here
We hope that you can make the Away Day and place it in your diaries now.
Wellbeing Hubs and the Voluntary Sector: Places, organisations and people – July 4th 2019
Date: 4 July 2019 – 12:30 – 3:30pm
Venue: Seminar room 3, The Open University Library, Walton Hall
Dr James Rees and Dr Rebecca Ince have recently conducted a scoping study into the involvement of the voluntary sector in Wellbeing Hubs in England, which have become an increasingly prominent part of the landscape of provision of welfare services. Wellbeing Hubs are a localised model in which a voluntary or community organisation acts as a central point of access or platform for access to a range of community services, support and social activities. The study sought to explore the drivers behind the proliferation of Wellbeing Hubs in the UK, understand the range of Hubs currently active or in development, and explore the effects Wellbeing Hubs have on the organisations involved, the communities they serve and the implications for further development of welfare services in the UK.
12:30 – 1:15pm Welcome, tea and coffee, lunch.
1:15 – 1:30pm Rebecca Ince and James Rees present findings from scoping study
1:30-1:45pm Q&A about the findings
1:45-2:15pm Priority setting – emerging questions for collaborative research around Health and Wellbeing Hubs and the voluntary sector. (Key themes, theoretical approaches)
2:15-2:45pm How might we design research to know what effect Wellbeing Hubs are having? (JR/RI present different examples of ‘evidence’ from the Hubs)
2:45-3:15pm To what extent do Wellbeing Hubs represent new models of service provision led by the voluntary sector?
3:15pm-3:30pm Tea and coffee, farewell!
Places and spaces – scales, territories, locations, buildings, physical hub locations vs metaphorical hubs e.g. phone service (materiality, assemblage)
Organisations – roles, influence, funding, leadership (comparative advantage, mixed economy of health services, traditional/collaborative leadership)
People – needs, resources, outcomes and effects
Attendance is open to everyone however, to help us with catering, please email Rebecca.email@example.com if you plan to attend.