RA6a: Additional observations, Evidence of esteemInternational recognition Staff are recognised for their contribution to the international research and policy communities in a number of important ways:
International research collaborations include Manning’s funded projects for INTAS (2), ODA, UNICEF and UN which involve international networks, especially in Russia but also in Copenhagen, Lausanne and Florence. Walker has collaborated with 9 organisations in 7 countries. He directs an international consortium evaluating the New Deal for Disabled People and participated in a cross-national study of workfare-like schemes. Pascall has a UNICEF and ICDC project in Florence. Treaty of Windsor (Dingwall, Pascall) and TEMPUS JEP links with Porto, Warsaw, Umeå and Cork (Dingwall) have led to research collaborations. Song collaborates with colleagues in Japan, Australia, US and China. Martin undertook European research on the social implications of cloning with colleagues in Germany, Netherlands and France. Evetts has collaborated with colleagues in Poland, Sweden, France and Belgium on international aspects of professional work. Shaw has worked with colleagues in Oslo and Helsinki on social and economic change and welfare reconstruction.
Collaborations have also led to Visiting Research Posts in Overseas Institutions: Hanlon (6 months) Max Planck Institute, Freiburg; Pilnick (4 months) Univ. of Helsinki, British Council/CIMO scholarship; Ladipo (2 months) Univ. of Santa Catarina, Brazil; Shaw (6 weeks) Oslo, Norwegian Research Council funded. The Unit has welcomed a number of Visiting Scholars: Drs Davydova and Tikhonova (Russian Independent Institute for Social and National Problems); Dr Edelman (Univ. of Stockholm); Professor Buchner Jeziorska (Univ. of Lodz); Dr Pélage (Univ. of Savoie); Professor Kwak (Univ. of Warsaw); Dr Duk SunWoo and Professor Sung-Kook from Korea. The international profile of the Unit has also been enhanced through presentations at international conferences. Staff have made a total of 66 such presentations including 25 invited/keynote/plenary addresses.
International and National Academic Appointments The international standing of staff is recognised in numerous appointments. Evetts is President of the International Sociological Association (ISA) Research Committee 52, the Sociology of Professional Groups and a member of the ISA Publications Committee. She convenes the Professions Network for the Society for Advancement of Socio-Economics and is an elected member of its Executive Council. Dingwall is a Trustee of the Law and Society Association. Walker is a Fellow of the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Royal Society of Arts. Shaw is a member of the executive of the European Evaluation Society. The Unit is also well represented on the Executives of national associations: SPA: Manning (Treasurer) and Shaw (1997-2000); BSA executive: AldridgeM (Vice chair and incoming Chair); BSA Medical Sociology: Pilnick; BSA News Media Study Group: AldridgeM (founder convenor).
Advice on Policy and Practice Staff are also extensively called upon to provide consultancy, support and advice to public, voluntary and private sector bodies at international, national and local levels. International: Evetts was a consultant for UNESCO/WFEO; Manning and Pascall acted as consultants to UNICEF. As consultant to the UN, Manning prepared recommendations from the UN DG's office to the UN WSSD, 2000 (Copenhagen +5), for the 27 countries of East/Central Europe; he drafted 52 of the 70 recommendations on East/Central Europe to the UN WSSD adopted by the UN and the Inter-Parliamentary Union. He was also consultant to Fiat SPA. Dingwall was consultant to the Swedish International Development Agency and advisor to the State Government of Florida on reforms to the civil justice system. Walker plays an active role in the US policy debate on welfare reform. Song is consultant and advisor to the World Bank, Chinese Government, Chinese Ministry of Labour and Security, Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. National: Royal College of Midwives (Ladipo); Association of Therapeutic Communities, NHS High Security Services Commissioning Board, and DfiD/ODA (Manning); Joseph Rowntree Foundation (Ladipo, Morley, Pascall, Silburn); Prime Minister’s Policy Unit informal group on Welfare to Work, States of Jersey, ESRC Institute for Fiscal Studies and Centre on Micro-social change, Select Committees on Social Security and Employment, HM Treasury, DSS, DfEE and DTER (Walker);Cabinet Office, All parliamentary group for Social Science and Policy (Morley) Lord Chancellor’s Dept, Prison Medical Service, Bristol Royal Infirmary Public Inquiry and Legal Aid Board (Dingwall); UK Interprofessional Group Forum, Institute of Physics and Engineering Council (Evetts); National Railway Museum (Strangleman); Mental Health Act Commission (Shaw); MAFF, Dept of Health and NHS Executive (Murphy); Dept of Trade and Industry, Wellcome Trust, Genethon and Nautilus Biotech (Martin); Boots plc (Pilnick) Local: Notts Area Child Protection Committee, Women’s Aid (Morley); Nottingham Healthcare NHS Trust and Nottingham Health Action Zone (Shaw); NHS Executive Trent (Murphy, Dingwall); London Intervention Zone Initiative in Primary Care steering group (Dingwall).
Editorships Sociology of Health and Illness is edited by Dingwall, Murphy and Pilnick; Evetts is an Executive Editor of Teaching in Higher Education and Editor of Sage Studies in International Sociology; Dingwall is Joint Editor of International Journal of Law and the Family and Associate Editor of Journal of Contemporary Ethnography and Law and Society Review; Silburn edits Benefits. Martin is Industry Section Editor of the Journal of Gene Medicine. Staff have also edited a number of Special Editions of journals including Policy and Politics and Social Policy and Administration (Manning and Shaw); International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family (Dingwall and Pascall); Journal of Interprofessional Care and International Review of Sociology (Evetts).
Membership of Editorial Boards: Journal of Social Policy (Pascall); Social Policy and Administration (Silburn); Policy and Politics (Shaw); Global Social Policy (Manning); Sociology (AldridgeA); Work, Employment and Society (Evetts); Sociological Research On-line (Manning, AldridgeM); Health Matters (Martin); Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, Health, and Qualitative Sociology (Dingwall), BSA’s Network (Strangleman).
Organisation of Conferences or Symposia: Staff have made major contributions to the organisation of international and national meetings, many of which were held in Nottingham: ISA, interim conference of RC 52, 1996, Nottingham (Evetts and AldridgeA); RC 52 sessions at ISA World Congress, 1998, Montreal (Evetts, AldridgeM, AldridgeA); ESA Professions Network, 1999, Amsterdam (Evetts); SASE, 1998 Vienna; 1999 Wisconsin; 2000 London (Evetts); Health section of European Evaluation Society conference, 1998, Rome (Shaw); Couch-Stone Symposium for the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction,1996, Nottingham (Dingwall Conference Chair); The Governments and Families Conference,1999, Nottingham (Dingwall, Morley, Pascall); Job Insecurity and Work Intensification Conference, 1999, Cambridge (Ladipo lead organiser); Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management, New York, 1998; Seattle 2000 (Walker Session Organiser); Contemporary Change in Central and Eastern Europe, 1999, Nottingham (Manning Co-organiser); After Postmodernism: Critical Realism?, Essex, 1998 (Lopez Co-organiser); The Railway Labour conference, 1999, York (Strangleman); Future of Sociology of Work, Employment and Organisations conference, 1996, Durham (Strangleman). A session at American Sociological Association Meeting and a Wellcome funded seminar for practitioners and researchers in genetic counselling (1999 Nottingham) were organised by Pilnick. An NHS Trent workshop on Writing Grant Applications for Qualitative HSR Projects, 1999, Nottingham was organised by Murphy and Dingwall.
Keynote Speakers at conferences include Dingwall (ISA, RC52, conference, Nottingham, 1996); Walker (European Institute of Social Security Conference, Cyprus, 1999); Manning (Council of Europe pre-UNGASS conference, Geneva, 2000; Association of Therapeutic Communities Annual Meeting, Windsor, 1999; Society for Psychotherapy Research, Ravenscar, 2000; British and Irish Group for Study of Personality Disorder, Leicester, 2000); Shaw (Quality Development and Personal Social Services seminar, Helsinki, 1996); Martin (Genetic Databases, London, 1999); Evetts (WES conference, Cambridge, 1998; IRESCO, Paris,1998; Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, 1998; ISA RC52, Lisbon, 2000); Morley (Conference on Domestic Violence and Child Protection, Leeds,1998; Newham National Domestic Violence Conference, London, 1998). The British Council invited AldridgeM to lecture on media in Serbia and Montenegro.
ESRC recognition The Unit has Mode A and CASE ESRC Recognition and has been recognised as an appropriate outlet by several other bodies including MRC, Wellcome and NHS Trent (see above).
Impact of the Unit’s Research Output The international impact of the Unit’s research is evident in the range of overseas consultancies reported above under ‘Advice on Policy and Practice’. At the national level, Manning’s CRD report changed mental health purchasing policy. The MHAC project (Shaw) is feeding into current Mental Health Act reforms and recommendations cited in the consultation document. Research on barriers to employment is officially credited with 6 policy changes; research on expenditure on children influenced 1998 child benefit increases; evaluation of New Deal for Disabled People has shaped national implementation; work on family budgeting is cited by the Acheson Report on Health Inequalities (Walker). The report on use of biological sample collections in human genetics research (Martin) has helped to promote national debate and large-scale public consultation exercises by MRC and Wellcome. Key findings on working conditions and quality of care (Ladipo) were used by Royal College of Midwives in Evidence to the Review Body.
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