Call for workshops and papers for the National Summit on Tackling Multiple Disadvantage

Revolving Doors Agency is looking for proposals for workshops and papers for the Second National Summit on Tackling Multiple Disadvantage (8 to 9 May 2017).

Two years ago, the first National Summit brought together a vibrant network of people with lived experience, service providers, commissioners and policy makers, each with different skills and expertise and all committed to achieving change for people facing multiple disadvantage. This year the Agency are delighted that the conference will add a research focus, as they join forces with the original summit organisers.

They are particularly looking for workshops and papers that are delivered in partnership to help draw links, cross boundaries and demonstrate collaborations between individuals with lived experience, researchers, commissioners, practitioners and policy makers. That said, please do not let the partnership aspect put you off from submitting a proposal. The organizing committee is happy to help bring people together, whether they see the potential for complementary or joint workshop.
Each workshop or paper must fall under at least one of these broad themes:

  • drawing expertise from lived experience;
  • achieving systems change;
  • understanding and responding to diversity;
  • and fostering partnership and collaborations to achieve change.

They are keen to publish papers out of the conference, either as a guest journal edition, or as an edited volume. If any of you sit on editorial boards for potentially relevant and interested journals the Agency would welcome you to get in touch to make this possible.

ESRC fully-funded collaborative studentship in Empirical Studies in Law

Cardiff University’s School of Law and Politics, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP), invites applications for funded PhD study. The studentships will commence in October 2017.

These particular studentships, known as ‘collaborative studentships’, involve liaison with a non-academic organization(s) at several key stages of the research.   Cardiff School of Law and Politics are offering two collaborative studentships in Empirical Studies in Law, a field of research which brings together methods from social science to address legal challenges in society and inform policy development.  One of the projects focuses on equality issues: “Securing Equality Rights and Access to Justice in Wales” under the supervision of Dr. Sara Drake.

EHRC Invitation to Tender – social security systems based on dignity and respect

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is seeking to commission research on the design of social security systems based on the concepts of dignity and respect. The deadline for tenders is 1pm on 2 February 2017.

The aims of this project are:

  • To provide EHRC Scotland with evidence of aspects of social security systems elsewhere that offer examples of best practice and could be said to be founded on the principles of dignity and respect.
  • To provide evidence on how these mechanisms have been devised, implemented and measured elsewhere, and how these could potentially be applied to Scotland’s new social security system.

Access full details on the EHRC procurement portal.

Call for papers: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Equality and Diversity

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Equality and Diversity: An International Journal was launched in 2015. This multi-lingual and fully open access journal will publish peer reviewed papers covering any aspect of equality and diversity, such as studies of employment, education and other provision of services. The aim of the journal is to provide a forum for international research which advances and challenges our understanding of equality and diversity from innovative theoretical and empirical perspectives.

Papers should be submitted via the online system which includes instructions for authors.

The following forms of submission are welcome:

  1. Original research papers which examine equality and diversity in any disciplines / sector from any geographical location. Papers may be position pieces, theoretically informed empirical work, theoretical pieces or systematic literature reviews (between 6000 to 8000 words plus references and a 200 word abstract and up to five key words/terms).
  2. Case studies, including examples of equality and diversity interventions from the public and private sector, teaching, charities and other bodies (maximum length 5000 words plus references and a 150 word summary).
  3. Letters – this may include responses to previously published studies – we hope to encourage debate.
  4. Professional insight including, teaching resources (many of our readers will be engaged in teaching within higher education and the school system), community and industrial outreach and reports from conferences, training sessions, etc. (maximum length of 1500 words)
  5. Essays from students in the field of equality and diversity (maximum length 3000 words plus references and 150 word abstract).

Call for proposals for special issues: The Journal will publish at least one special issue per year. Please contact the journal at with an expression of interest and further details.