Interdisciplinary Research Week 2016


Bournemouth is at the hub of a network of educational, business and local government partners with a powerful fusion of world-class research. We create a continuous and fruitful exchange of knowledge that stimulates new ideas to meet big societal issues across the globe. This puts us at the cutting edge with our innovative integration of perspectives from the arts, humanities and social sciences with methods drawn from computer science, engineering or the physical sciences to develop new advanced strategies and technologies.

Join us to celebrate the breadth and excellence of Bournemouth University interdisciplinary research across its many disciplines, and stimulate new collaborations and ideas amongst the University’s diverse research community. The week has a programme of lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and a film all aimed at showcasing some of the interdisciplinary work being undertaken at Bournemouth University.

If you would like to learn more about how to get involved in interdisciplinary research at Bournemouth University, or would like to contribute to future events, please email

We look forward to welcoming you to our second interdisciplinary research week.

Prof John Vinney and Prof John Fletcher


Monday 25 January

Harriet Martin and Chris Hassan, The Wellcome Trust

Executive Business Centre, 12-14:30

Harriet will be joining us to talk about The Wellcome Trust’s most recent collaborative project ‘Hubbub’ and why working across various disciplines, sectors and organisations is important to them as funders.  The Wellcome Trust’s philosophy is ‘good health makes life better’. We want to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive.

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Researching with Children and Young People: Method and Mayhem. Ashley Woodfall

Executive Business Centre, 16:00-18:00

This ‘catalyst’ event is an opportunity for anyone with an interest in research with children and young people to:

  • meet BU researchers from across the university
  • share experiences and future research ambitions; and
  • develop future research partnerships

Operating in a ‘bring and buy’ spirit, this event recognises the benefits of sharing knowledge and expertise across different disciplines. The event is open to all those interested in research with children and young people whatever their research interests, affiliation or tradition.

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Entrepreneurial Resilience and Disaster Management: Where innovation and integration meet? Inaugural Lecture from Professor Lee Miles

EB708, Executive Business Centre, 18:30 – 20:00
(wine reception from 18:00 onwards with the talk beginning at 19:00)

BU’s inaugural lecture series returns in January 2016, with a fascinating glimpse into the world of disaster management, delivered by Professor Lee Miles, Professor of Crisis and Disaster Management.  Professor Miles has carried out research into emergency and crisis management for many years and is currently exploring the relationship between innovation and resilience in successful crisis and disaster management.  Read more

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Tuesday 26 January


Day 1: What would Marty McFly need in 25 years’ time? RKEO Research Facilitators  

Executive Business Centre, 10:00-17:00

‘How to realise the transformational impact of digital technologies on aspects of community life, cultural experiences, future society and the economy’? Join BU’s Research Facilitators for an interactive workshop session designed to tackle a big question for modern day life – how digital technology affects different aspects of our daily lives. The session will create a collaborative space for researchers to share ideas, challenge assumptions and develop future research proposals.

Unfortunately this event is by invitation only and is not available to be booked by the public.


Raven on the Jetty. Written and Directed by Professor Erik Knudsen  

Talbot Campus, 16:00-18:00

In the midst of separation, one boy’s silent longing has the power to change everything.

On his ninth birthday, Thomas travels with his mother to visit his estranged father who, since an acrimonious divorce, has abandoned urban living in favour of an isolated rural life in the English Lake District. The bitter separation of his parents is not something Thomas understands, nor does he understand his own dysfunctional behaviour as a silent cry for help. As a digital native city boy, Thomas’s encounter with the natural world, and his gradual understanding of the pivotal connection he provides for his, ultimately, lonely parents, leads to realisation and discovery. There are things his parents don’t know about each other that only he can reveal. Perhaps he has the power and the means to change everything. (Fiction: 88 minutes. 2014).

Following the film there will be a Q & A Session with the Director.

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BU’s Big Issues: Threats in a changing world. Professor Barry Richards and Dr Sascha-Dominik Bachmann

Executive Business Centre, 18:30 – 19:30- (wine reception from 18:00)

Global security is rapidly becoming one of the biggest challenges facing our society.  From the conflict between Russia and the Ukraine, to the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, to continuing unrest in the Middle East, security issues are rarely out of the news.  Join some of BU’s leading academics in this area to discover how their work is changing the debate and shaping thinking around the future of global security.

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Wednesday 27 January


Day 2: What would Marty McFly need in 25 years? RKEO Research Facilitators

Executive Business Centre, 10:00-14:00 

‘How to realise the transformational impact of digital technologies on aspects of community life, cultural experiences, future society and the economy’?

Join BU’s Research Facilitators for an interactive workshop session designed to tackle a big question for modern day life – how digital technology affects different aspects of our daily lives.

The session will create a collaborative space for researchers to share ideas, challenge assumptions and develop future research proposals.

Unfortunately this event is by invitation only and is not available to be booked by the public.


British Academy Policy, The British Academy

Talbot Campus, 14.30 -15.30

The British Academy will be joining us to share emerging findings from a project they are carrying out on interdisciplinary research.

They are looking at how the whole higher education and research systems supports such research in terms of publishing, research funding, academic careers, teaching and beyond.

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BU’s Big Issues: Protecting the environment: humans vs. nature. Professor Adrian Newton, Professor Chris Shiel, Associate Professor Jane Murphy, Dr Dawn Birch and Dr Juliet Wiseman

Executive Business Centre, 18:30 – 19:30- (wine reception from 18:00)

Protecting the environment and living more sustainable is a laudable aim, and one that many of us support, but how easy is it to change human behaviours and what does it cost?

Join us to hear how research being led by BU’s academics is making a difference to our local area, through developing an understanding of how local environments are changing in response to human activities, and how we can all live more sustainably by changing the way we source our food.

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Thursday 28 January


Interdisciplinary Research Training Session. Professor Matt Bentley

Talbot Campus, 09:30-11:00

This 90 minute training session will give attendees the opportunity to find out more about interdisciplinary research including:

  • What is interdisciplinary research
  • What counts as a discipline
  • The reasons why it is becoming increasingly important both inside and outside the university (e.g. by funders, policy makers etc.).
  • How it might impact on your research practice?
  • The potential and the challenges of this type of work.
  • The role it has in institutions and careers.

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BU’s Big Issues: the use of technology in sports:  giving athletes an Olympic advantage. Dr Andrew Callaway, Dr Bryce Dyer and Shelley Broomfield

KG03, Talbot Campus, 14:00 – 15:00 (refreshments from 13:30)

With the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics fast approaching, all eyes will soon be turning to the world’s elite athletes and their astonishing sporting achievements.  Sporting technology forms a key part of their preparation and can help to make significant improvements in performance.

Join us to hear from three of BU’s sports researchers – and competitive athletes in their own right – to learn more about the ways technology can improve athletic performance for both elite athletes and people taking part in sports for fun.

Apologies – This event has now been cancelled.


Are you there? Lizzie Sykes

PG142, Thomas Hardy Suite, Talbot Campus, 16:00-18:00 (Refreshments and popcorn stall)

In 2014 Lizzie Sykes was awarded an Arts Council funded residency at Mottisfont, a National Trust property and gardens in Hampshire. Mottisfont is a place where artists have met and worked for hundreds of years.

‘Are You There?’ is a film made from inside the Mottisfont residence. It is performed by Louise Tanoto, and is a response to how it feels to be alone in the house and to be inescapably linked to it in a private and intimate way: -free from expected codes of physical behaviour that such a formal space normally represents.

Following the film there will be a chance for Q & A.

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Inspirational Speaker: Professor Jane Falkingham

Executive Business Centre, 18:00-19:30 (wine reception from 17.30)

Professor Falkingham is Director of the ESRC Centre for Population Change and Dean of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton. Through a career spanning almost 30 years, her research pursues a multi-disciplinary agenda combining social policy and population studies, which span both developed and developing countries. Much of her work has focused on the social policy implications of population ageing and demographic change, and what this means for the distribution of social and economic welfare.

Join us for an inspirational talk, in which Professor Falkingham reflects on her own experience of working in an interdisciplinary research environment and the contribution this has made to her success in the field of demography.  Find out how Professor Falkingham’s work has been funded and how her team have developed lasting partnerships with both national and international organisations, to result in significant and far-reaching impact on society.

The talk will begin with an informal wine reception at 17.30 and there will be an opportunity at the end of the event to ask questions.

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Friday 29 January


Emerge music group performance

Talbot Campus, 17.30 – 18.30

BU’s Emerge Research Centre has a research music performing group, a creative space where each person develops their own instruments and music based on personal research into sound as well as gesture and technology as part of their creative practice.

The experimental music and sound-art event features a soundtrack of electronic atmospheres, noisescapes, pulses and rhythms, tones and drones. It will include an exploration of hardware-hacked devices, simple electronic instruments, data networks and basic sensors to augment and inform laptop improvisations, immersive fixed-media soundscapes and live visuals

Performers include:

David Borgo,
Anna Troisi,
Antonino Chiaramonte,
Rob Canning,
Bill Thompson,
Ambrose Seddon,
Tom Davis,

Visuals by Kavi,

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Take a look at what went on during Interdisciplinary Research Week 2015.