Suspension of ISSR activities

ISSR had a programme of activities planned for this coming semester, ranging from invited speakers as part of the seminar series, support for research activity, interdisciplinary incubator grants, supplementary support, the global scholars programme and activity associated with that to the ISSR Forum, scheduled for June 11th at the Queens Hotel, Dundee.

Plans to reschedule activities in the autumn will be revisited when the situation becomes more clear.

Please continue sending information on your research activities, news relating to published material/articles and visits for dissemination across the ISSR member schools.

Research and Knowledge Exchange co-ordinator: Donna Hendry 


The Institute for Social Sciences Research is an interdisciplinary research centre spanning across four schools at the University of Dundee (Social Sciences; Business; Education and Social Work and Nursing and Health Sciences).

We aim to support and enhance social science-led 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 ISSR Advisory Group comprises four co-directors and Deans to advise on the strategic direction of ISSR with respect to its key aims and themes in conducting the relevant initiatives throughout the academic calendar. They will also help identify opportunities for ISSR to engage in research and knowledge exchange from across the four schools. 

The members are as follows:  Professor Nick Fyfe (Dean) and Professor Volker Roeben (ISSR co-director), Social Sciences; Prof Morris Altman (Dean) and Dr Stephanie Schreven (ISSR co-director), Business; Professor Tim Kelly (Dean) and Professor Mark Smith (ISSR Co-director), Education and Social Work; Professor Lynn Kilbride (Dean) and Professor Judith Sixsmith, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Research and Knowledge Exchange co-ordinator: Donna Hendry +44 (0) 1382 388173

How does ISSR work?

ISSR has limited funds available for supporting projects, events and conferences. Funds can be used to identify and develop new collaborative links or to expand current relationships across schools, providing there is focus on interdisciplinary development.  Focused on supporting interdisciplinary research, we run a seminar programme, offer interdisciplinary incubator grants, support a Global Scholars programme and host an annual research forum.

If you have an idea for an initiative or project and would like support, please get in touch.


Since its inception in the summer of 2017, the Institute for Social Sciences Research (ISSR) has been promoting Social Science-led collaborations. Initiatives we have brought in to help achieve this aim are:

ISSR Forum

ISSR Forum

ISSR forum to be rescheduled.

'Sustainability - Understanding the past, shaping the future'

A call for papers will be circulated shortly.

The forum was launched in 2017 and is now in its third year.  Not only an annual end-of-year celebration of the research work carried out across member Schools in the past 24 months but a catalyst for future research. Held at a central location in Dundee, the forum showcases research activity from doctoral students, postdocs and early career staff to established senior staff across the Schools of Business; Education and Social Work, Nursing and Health Sciences and Social Sciences. 

From the 1 September 2019, ISSR became a partnership across four member Schools and this year will include contributions from the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Past Forums 

'New Horizons in Social Sciences' held on 24 June 2019, Discovery Point, Dundee
'Locally and Globally' held on 12 June 2018, Discovery Point, Dundee
'ISSR Forum launch' held on 13 June 2017, Malmaison Hotel, Dundee


Global Scholar Programme

Global Scholar Programme

The Global Scholar programme was launched in 2019.  Our aim is to increase our external engagement in order to enrich the research environment and interact with critical thinkers and rising social scientists from across the globe.  We will continue to fund up to five Global Scholars, each related to one or more of the above research themes. Applications have now closed. The next round of calls will take place from November 2020.

See Guidance and application form can be found in box

Following the successful round of nominations, we are delighted to report the Global Scholars visiting in the Spring 2020 are:

Professor Kasturi Kanniah, Faculty of Built Environment & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Professor Madeline Kass, School of Law, University of Seattle, Dr Kristi Winters, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Cologne, Dr Son Truong, School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University, Halifax

For more information please contact ISSR.

Interdisciplinary Incubator Grant Funding (IIG)

ISSR has awarded 5 grants of up to £2,000 to support interdisciplinary work of researchers from across our member schools.  Read more on our recipients 

The funding supports activities (seminars, workshops, guest lectures, preparing a grant application etc) involving staff from disciplines within member schools and, if appropriate, other disciplines from across the University.  Next call for staff to apply will be 1 August 2020 – 30 June 2021. For more information please contact ISSR

Supplementary Support Funding

We have introduced two further streams of funding that will support and enhance staff and doctoral students’ activities. The funding will support a programme of activities, already arranged by staff or researchers from member schools and, if appropriate, other disciplines from across the University.

Applications have now closed and the next round of calls will go out from November 2020.

For more information see: 

Supplementary support form can be found in box

PhD Research support form can be found in box

If you have an idea, need advice and support please contact ISSR and we can explore further.



The Institute for Social Sciences Research (ISSR) leads and supports a diverse range of interdisciplinary events throughout the year.

ISSR Seminar Series

ISSR Seminar Series

We invite high profile speakers to deliver a talk in their respected field which could be badged across any of our five interdisciplinary themes and open to a general social science audience.  If you are interested in putting forward recommendations please contact ISSR.

ISSR Seminar Series


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:

Place and Identity: Connecting Place Branding and Place Making

Place and Identity: Connecting Place Branding and Place Making

Colleagues from Business and Architecture applied successfully for an ISSR Interdisciplinary Incubation Grant.

The award was used to host a one-day interdisciplinary event at the University and led to strengthening and enhancement of links within social sciences and external representatives Dundee City Council, UNESCO City of Design and the Academy of Urbanism.

The event helped ideas and perspectives to form the basis of a journal paper to be submitted by Keith Dinnie and Husam Al-Waer.

The Data Set blog

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. For more information contact Alistair Geddes, Geography and Environmental Sciences

Other seminars and workshops

ISSR can provide support and help facilitate events where the focus is interdisciplinarity.

Engage with ISSR on Twitter @ISSRDundee