Foundations research sits at the interface of methods and application: its aim has been to develop novel methodology inspired by the real-world challenge.
The Health theme has a wide scope. Current areas of strength include spatial and spatiotemporal methods in global public health, design and analysis of clinical trials, epidemic forecasting and demographic modelling, health informatics and genetics.
Data science takes new approaches to understanding long-standing social problems concerning energy use, city life, climate change, the knowledge economy, ecologies of media, design and communication in everyday life, or the distribution of wealth in financialised economies.
The focus of the environment theme has been to seek methodological innovations that can transform our understanding and management of the natural environment.
Activism, Storytelling and Data Science
In January 2020, 40 people including academics, activists, storytellers and data scientists from the UK and internationally came together to explore the relationships between data, story and social change. The Activism by the Numbers retreat was a wonderful opportunity for a diverse group of people to share their research, experience and ideas. Participants explored how to find data to bring about positive change, how to make sense of data and stories relating to activism, as well as considering how to make data easier to access and use, and how people with expertise in data, activism and story can collaborate. The event instantiated a network of people who are now working on new ideas and collaborations for a fascinating range of projects and initiatives.
For more information about the project can be found on the Remembering Resistance webpages.