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Workshop Organisers

This project was run by Professor Elizabeth Shove from the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University with the help of Chris Harty now at the University of Reading

Steering Group

Chris Caswill is Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter, and Visiting Fellow at the James Martin Institute at Oxford University. Between 1989 and 2003 he was Director of Research at the ESRC. Current activities include advising the University of the Highlands and Islands, the University of Limerick, the International Social Science Council and the NORFACE ERA-NET project. He is currently also Rapporteur to the EU EURAB Working Group on the place of social sciences and humanities in the Seventh Framework programme. He has published on the use of principal-agent theory in science policy, on European research policy and on the future of national research councils. He is a member of the steering committee for this series of seminars.

Maureen Gardiner is Director of Gardiner Green Ltd which provides consultancy services associated with iLabs and creative facilitation. She was previously head of Futures and Innovation within The Post Office Research Group and before that Marketing Director of its IT business. She was a member of the ESRC Research Priorities Board and chairs the Management Committee for the PACCIT Research Programme and the Advisory Committee for the Families and Social Capital Research Group at South Bank University. She was a member of the last RAE Business and Management Studies Panel and is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Applied Research in Education (CARE) at the University of East Anglia.

Chris Harty recently completed his PhD at Lancaster University (Department of Sociology / Management School), which was a study of the design, implementation and use of software technologies in the construction of Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport. He currently works within the IMCRC (Innovative Manufacturing and Construction Research Centre) at Loughborough University on a project looking at the past developments, current contexts and potential futures of UK construction. He also works with Elizabeth Shove on the Interactive Agenda Setting project.

Steve Rayner, James Martin Professor of Science and Civilization and Director of the James Martin Institute, he heads up the UK Economic and Social Research Council's national research programme on Science in Society, serves on the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, and is a lead author in Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Elizabeth Shove, Professor in Sociology, Lancaster University Elizabeth is a Sociologist who has undertaken research in areas relating to the environment, consumption, everyday life and ordinary technology. Alongside these interests she has written about research policy and in particular about the uses and users of social science.

Paul Wouters is Programme Leader of the Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam. He studied biochemistry and history of science, and has a PhD in the sociology of science. His main interests are new scholarly practices in the humanities and social sciences, the dynamics of knowledge creation, the role of information technology in research, the history of the Science Citation Index, the (ab)use of citation analysis and metrics in research evaluation, and the combination of science and technology studies with information science.

Steering group members attended all workshops and were joined by the following invited participants:

Other Workshop Participants

Please note that the affiliations listed for participants may have changed since the workshops were completed.

Workshop 1: Disciplines and agendas
Rosemary Deem, Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol
Vicki Bruce, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Edinburgh
Bob McKinlay, Lancaster University
Malcolm Tight, Dept. of Educational research, Lancaster University
Richard Wilk, Dept. of Anthropology, Indiana University
Steven Struthers, ESRC

Workshop 2: Research groups and centres
Adrian Alsop, ESRC
Bill Dutton, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
Mark Harvey, CRIC, The University of Manchester
John Lee, University of Edinburgh
Tariq Modood, University of Bristol
Annemiek Nelis, Center for Society and Genomics, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
Ken Peattie, BRASS, Cardiff University

Workshop 3: Interdisciplinary fields and fashions: making new agendas
Harriet Bulkeley, Dept. of Geography, Durham University
Kathryn Earle, Berg Publishers
Michael Kuhn, University of Bremen
Philip Lowe, Centre for Rural Economy, University of Newcastle
Jeremy Phillipson, Centre for Rural Economy, University of Newcastle
Elena Rockhill, Dept. of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge

Workshop 4: Research priorities in the public sector
Jenny Gray, Dept. for Education and Skills
Jim Skea, UK Energy Research Centre
Frank Trentmann, Cultures of Consumption, Birkbeck College
Barend van der Meulen, Centre for Studies of Science, Technology and Society, University of Twente

Workshop 5: Research priorities in the private sector
Sylvie Douzou, EDF
Jean Irvine
Carole Lehman, MORI
Chris Loxley, Unilever
Eamonn Molloy, Saïd Business School, Oxford
Andrew Neely, Cranfield School of Management
Robin Wensley, Warwick Business School

Workshop 6: Theory, method and agenda: implications for policy and practice
Adrian Alsop, ESRC
Ash Amin, Dept. of Geography, University of Durham
Mats Benner, Research Policy Institute, Lund University, Sweden
Dietmar Braun, University of Lausanne, France
Rosemary Deem, Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol
Bill Dutton, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
Mark Harvey, CRIC, University of Manchester
Michael Kuhn, Bremen University, Germany
Philippe Laredo, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chausees, France
Carole Lehman, MORI
Ken Peattie, BRASS, University of Cardiff
Robin Wensley, Warwick Business School
John Urry, Dept. of Sociology, Lancaster University