Social Sciences research is aligned with the University’s core purpose: to transform lives globally and locally.
The experts in our seven disciplines seek to understand the world’s most complex and challenging issues. They are supported in their work by the interdisciplinary Institute for Social Sciences Research.
Institute for Social Sciences Research (ISSR)
The ISSR supports and enhances social science collaboration across five interdisciplinary research themes: Health and wellbeing; Social justice and social change; Governance, policy and regulation; Environment; and Innovation in methods and data analytics.
The Institute for Social Sciences Research (ISSR) leads and supports a diverse range of interdisciplinary events throughout the year. Here are two examples of events from the 2017-18 academic session:
Workshop – International Investments in Latin America
Strengthening and promoting the work of several members of the International Investments in Latin America Network (IILA.Net), who are contributing chapters to the book Latin American Perspectives to International Investment Law, the workshop was an opportunity to bring members together in Dundee to discuss their work with a broader audience and set the ground for future research collaborations on this topic.
Workshop – Human Rights at the University of Dundee
Conceived as a result of discussions around the critical mass of expertise in human rights across the University, the aims of the workshop were to:
- Give attendees an understanding of the breadth of Human Rights research currently taking place across the University
- Generate new ideas on how we might best make use of our expertise across the three streams of teaching, research and engagement
Contributing to the day were representatives not only from the School of Social Sciences but the School of Humanities, School of Education and Social Work, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and Police Scotland.
Since its inception in the summer of 2017, the Institute for Social Sciences Research (ISSR) has been promoting Social Science-led collaborations. Two initiatives we have brought in to help achieve this aim are:
The Forum is not only an annual end-of-year celebration of the research work carried out across the School in the past 12 months but a catalyst for future research.
This year’s Discovery Point venue, with its view of the RRS Discovery and the new V&A museum, was the perfect setting to talk to the 2018 Forum theme ‘Locally and Globally: Dundee’s social science research and impact’.
Consisting of academic staff, professional services staff and PhD students, the open ISSR Champions group take innovative ideas and turn them into impactful outputs.
The Champions’ first project was the development and delivery of the ISSR Forum 2018. In addition, they have been involved in shaping how the ISSR engages with staff across the School of Social Sciences
The Institute for Social Sciences Research (ISSR) has supported the interdisciplinary work of researchers from across the school. Examples of projects that we have been involved in include:
Integration of health and social care
A team from Business along with colleagues from the School of Medicine applied successfully for an ISSR Interdisciplinary Incubation Grant.
The award was used to host a major public, private and third sector workshop at the University and led to collaborative partnerships with the four Integrated Joint Boards that surround Dundee.
These actions helped the team advance their ideas on how the NHS and local council care services might plan and deliver health and social care under one partnership arrangement as required by implementation legislation that came into force in 2016.
The Data Set blog
A new blog site aimed primarily at staff and students, The Data Set brings together information from some of the UK’s best sources of data-related methodology, analysis and news.
The site is part of the ISSR’s work to facilitate innovation in research methods and data analytics across the School of Social Sciences and the wider community.
Read about the PhD Studentships available from the School of Social Sciences.