DSI Inequalities Retreat 19th & 20th May

Thursday 19 May 2022, 10:00am to Friday 20 May 2022, 5:00pm


The Midland, Morecambe

Open to

Postgraduates, Staff


Free to attend - registration required

Registration Info

To attend, please contact Julia Carradus.

Event Details

An important function of the DSI is to help facilitate inter-disciplinary conversations across the University.

A Conversation about Inequality

The Midland Hotel Morecambe

19th & 20th of May 2022

The Data Science Institute has organised a retreat at the wonderful Midland Hotel Morecambe to enable colleagues to share the research they are doing on inequality. This is not an exhaustive list of all the work at the University – but we hope the retreat provides colleagues with an opportunity to learn about work beyond their own discipline and to forge new connections. Tackling regional, national and international inequalities requires new interdisciplinary thinking in the context of: cost of living, health, energy, security, and climate crises.

Day 1 of the retreat offers 4 clusters of talks, interspersed with time for food, quality conversations and some relaxation.

Day 2 provides information on the current funding landscape, the University’s new Secure Data Science Infrastructure, and provides unstructured time for your own work, thinking or collaborative conversations.

Retreat Programme

Day 1, 19th of May

10:00 – Arrivals & coffee

10:15 – Retreat overview, context & housekeeping: Karen Broadhurst & Bran Knowles [Event Chairs]


10:30 – Local inequalities: understanding and enriching the region

· Jo Knight (Eden North)

· Emma Halliday (Health Research)

· Rebecca Mead (Health Research)

· Chris Boyko (Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts)

11:30 – Break: Coffee and refreshments


12:00 – International inequalities: tackling global challenges

· Michaela Benson (Sociology)

· Sally Cawood (Lancaster Environment Centre)

· Jasmine Fledderjohann (Sociology)

13:00 – Lunch


14:00 – Making sense of inequalities: the value of large-scale datasets

· Ian Walker (Lancaster University Management School)

· Katie Hunter (Law School)

· Linda Cusworth (Law School) & Steffi Doebler (Sociology)

· Heather Brown (Health Research)

15:00 – Short break


15:15 – Inequalities: the politics of infrastructure and environment

· Gordon Walker (Lancaster Environment Centre)

· Bran Knowles (School of Computing and Communications)

16:15 – Productive break: cake & consolidation

16:45 – Wrap up

17:00 – Free time

18:00 – Evening meal

Day 2, 20th of May

9.30 – Arrival & coffee

10:00 – Chairs opening & memory refreshing exercise

10:30 – Inequalities research: the funding landscape (Odette Dewhurst, Senior Research Development Manager, RES)

11:00 – NIHR North West Research Support and Development Team plus Q&A

11:30 – Lancaster’s Secure Data Science Infrastructure: Karen Broadhurst & Geraint Harries (ISS) Audience Q&A

12:00 – Individual or group work (snacks and refreshments provided)

13:00 – Lunch

14:00 – Individual or group work (snacks and refreshments provided)

16:00 – Reporting back, reflections, progress & feedback

16:45 – Wrap up

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