Virtual event: link will be sent once registered
At this event two of our Early Career Researchers (ECRs) will present their research ideas and gain feedback on their grant and fellowship applications. Dr Rebecca Mead will talk about refining her research question on Local Resilience Forums and lessons from the response to COVID-19. Dr Naoimh McMahon will discuss overcoming methodological and practical challenges whilst exploring how the public health narrative on social inequalities in health is reinterpreted across system partners.
What it the ‘Ideas Incubator’?
The ‘Ideas Incubator’ session is a space where ECRs can engage in constructive dialogue about their research with interested SPHR colleagues. During the session ECRs will briefly present their research ideas along with current challenges or sticking points (e.g. clarifying research questions, accessing the right population/participants). Attendees will be encouraged to provide constructive feedback to the speakers to support them in developing and progressing their proposals. The final half an hour of the session will provide opportunities for informal discussions and networking.
Why are we hosting an ‘Ideas Incubator’?
For Early Career Researchers (ECRs), one particular downfall of remote working and virtual conferencing has been losing those informal, yet extremely valuable, ‘corridor conversations’ with colleagues about their research. These informal discussions often provided an opportunity to discuss ideas for fellowship and grant applications, and their progression. The ‘Ideas Incubator’ has been developed to fill this gap.
What is the purpose of the ‘Ideas Incubator’?
The aim of the session is for ECRs to engage in constructive dialogue with SPHR colleagues to help develop and refine aspects of their fellowship and grant applications. By having the opportunity to sense-check initial ideas, we can support researchers in asking the right questions in the right way, using the right methodological approach.
Who should attend?
Colleagues from SPHR should attend the meeting if they have a clear interest in the topics being discussed at the ‘Ideas Incubator’ session, and if they are willing to give their time and expertise to support ECRs in developing funding applications in this area.
- 11.30 – 11.35: Welcome, Professor Jennie Popay
- 11.35 – 11.45: Local Resilience Forums and lessons from Covid-19 response: Refining the research questions, Dr Rebecca Mead
- 11.45 – 12.00: Questions and discussion
- 12.00 – 12.10: Exploring how the public health narrative on social inequalities in health is reinterpreted across system partners: Overcoming methodological and practical challenges, Dr Naoimh McMahon
- 12.10 – 12.25: Questions and discussion
- 12.25 – 12.30: Thanks & close
- 12.30 – 13.00: Networking and further discussions for those who can stay
Dr Rebecca Mead
Rebecca joined the School in 2018 and has been an active member of the Places & communities programme and the Communities in Control (CiC) study team. Rebecca is developing an early career research fellowship application that builds on her existing expertise in public health policy and place-based approaches to health improvement. The research will explore how local agencies can better prepare together for new public health emergencies in ways that are sensitive to existing inequality and the structural determinants of health. Rebecca is in the early stages of developing her ideas and would like to gather views and insights from knowledgeable colleagues to help refine and focus the topic area. Find out more about Rebecca here.
Dr Naoimh McMahon
Naoimh joined the School in 2020 as a Postdoctoral Launching Fellow. Naoimh is preparing an ECR fellowship application which will build on her PhD research to explore how language can be a hinderance and a help when bringing different groups of people together in an effort to address the ‘root causes’ of social inequalities in health. During this session, Naoimh would like to discuss some of the practical and methodological challenges when looking at the role of language across a range of settings and actors (e.g. justifying choice of cases, policy documents). Find out more about Naoimh here.