FASS Festival of Research Programme

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Festival of Research 2021

Facult y of Ar ts and Social Sciences 18-21 JANUARY 2021


WELCOME Professor Sabine Braun Associate Dean (Research and Innovation), Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences “I am delighted to be able to welcome you to this year’s FASS Festival of Research. Now in its fifth year, our annual Festival is a chance to celebrate the impressive and diverse range of research that takes place across the Faculty. “The Festival provides an opportunity to demonstrate the central importance of arts, humanities and social science research to the current societal challenges that face us here, and across the globe, and whilst it is disappointing to not be able to come together with colleagues in person this year, I am pleased that we are able to connect with each other through this online format. “We have selected two cross-cutting panel themes, which are of particular prominence in current times: ‘Responsive Research: Tackling societal issues’ and ‘Responsive Research: Addressing the Covid-19 pandemic’. These themes aim to demonstrate good practice and agility in cases where academics are responding to public needs, and pressing current events and challenges that we hope will generate future world-leading discoveries. As always, these sessions can only showcase a fraction of the excellent work that is going on across the Faculty, but we have aimed to demonstrate the breadth of research across all nine Schools and Departments. “As well as these panel sessions, we have also added a cross-disciplinary panel discussion around the University’s new ‘Technology and life-long learning’ theme, chaired by Dr Ranjana Das, the Theme Champion, with presenters from each Faculty, as well as the Surrey Institute of Education. I am also very much looking forward to our keynote speech, which will be delivered by Surrey Business School’s Professor Glenn Parry, on the topic of ‘Collaborative research’. “I encourage you to take the time to join the postgraduate researcher (PGR) poster competition showcase on Wednesday morning and support the fantastic PGRs emerging from the Faculty. “During what has been a challenging time, I am pleased that we can spend these days together to share and celebrate the hard work of colleagues at Surrey. The past year has presented many trials for research and it has been heartening to see that colleagues are embracing this new way of working and producing fantastic research, which we are delighted to be showcasing throughout the Festival. “On behalf of the Faculty’s Senior Management Team, I (virtually!) welcome you and hope that you enjoy the week.”






PROGRAMME Monday 18 January 2021 9:30am Welcome Professor Graham Miller, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean, FASS and Professor Sabine Braun, Associate Dean (Research and Innovation), FASS. With music from Dr Milton Mermikides (Department of Music and Media (DMM)).

10am – 11:30am Responsive research panel 1: Tackling societal issues Chair: Prof Monique Raats (Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (FHMS)). Panel speakers: • Prof Rosalind Malcolm (School of Law) • Dr Theofanis Exadaktylos (Department of Politics) • Dr Elena Davitti (School of Literature and Languages (SLL)) • Dr Itziar Castello Molina (Surrey Business School (SBS)). Tuesday 19 January 2021 10am – 11:30am Responsive research panel 2: Addressing the Covid-19 pandemic Chair: Prof Deborah Dunn Walters (FHMS). Panel speakers: • Dr Tracy Xu and Prof Caroline Scarles (School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (SHTM)) • Prof Gavin Hilson (SBS) • Dr Enzo De Sena and Dr Milton Mermikides (DMM) • Prof Allan Williams (SHTM) • Dr Jo Blanden (School of Economics).



Wednesday 20 January 2021 10am – 11:30am Postgraduate researcher poster competition Chaired by Dr Allan Kilner-Johnson (SLL) and Associate Dean (Doctoral College), FASS.

1:30pm – 2:30pm Accelerating impact within FASS Chaired by Dr Tamsin Woodward-Smith (Impact Acceleration Account Manager). Panel speakers: • Donna Shanks (Academy Manager for SurreyIDEA) • Dr Alia Middleton (Department of Politics) • Dr Emily Setty (Department of Sociology) • Dr Paul Hodkinson (Department of Sociology) • Dr Carla Bonina (SBS). Thursday 21 January 2021 10am – 11am Technology and life-long learning’ theme panel Chair: Dr Ranjana Das (Department of Sociology). Panel speakers: • Dr Anesa Hosein (Institute of Higher Education) • Prof Debbie Cooke (FHMS) • Dr Doris Dippold (SLL). 2pm - 2:45pm Keynote speech – ‘Collaborative research’ Prof Glenn Parry (SBS). 3pm - 3.20pm Thanks and close Professor David Sampson, Vice-Provost (Research and Innovation) and Professor Graham Miller to announce the winners of the postgraduate researcher poster competition.




FASS Researcher of the Year 2020 Dr Ranjana Das (Department of Sociology) Dr Ranjana Das is a Reader in Media and Communication, in the Department of Sociology, and has recently been appointed as the University Research Theme Champion for technology and society. Ranjana has made exceptional contributions in the areas of transformations to digital societies and communications, and parenthood, mental health and technology. She had a striking publications portfolio and outstanding entrepreneurial energy. This year, she has conducted research which has contributed significantly to understanding of the impact of Covid-19 on maternal mental health, which has generated a wave of sustained and ongoing interest in the practitioner community. Drawing significant interest from practitioners in pregnancy and maternity support services, Ranjana has also developed a portfolio of publications in the areas of mental health and technology in relation to pregnancy and maternity.



FASS PGR Student of the Year 2020 Genevieve Robyn Arkle (Department of Music and Media) Genevieve is an outstanding PhD student who has been undertaking innovative research in the field of Austrian and German music. Her list of achievements and accolades is a testament to her abilities, dedication, and creativity. She combines her high-quality research with many related activities, ranging from: publishing her work, award-winning public speaking, innovative teaching, her vital work with the Institute of Austrian and German Music Research here at Surrey, to outreach and BAME and EDI advocacy both within and beyond the University. Most recently she has been invited to form an international online network with PGR students of the Gustav Mahler Research Centre based in Innsbruck, Austria, and Toblach, Italy. Through these activities, she has already established an impressive and acknowledged profile within and beyond the academic community - a rare achievement at this stage of doctoral study.

FASS Innovator of the Year 2020 Dr Doris Dippold (School of Literature and Languages) Doris is a Lecturer in Communication and German in the School of Literature and Languages. She studied at the University of Bamberg before gaining her MA in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Kansas, USA, and completed her PhD in Applied Linguistics at the University of Southampton. Doris’ research focuses on language and intercultural communication, and she has published extensively on interactional sociolinguistics, and its importance in educational and professional contexts. Her research has led to innovative projects in learning and teaching, and the development of the University’s first MOOC, ‘Communicating with Diverse Audiences’. Apart from the course’s immediate success, Doris’ initiative has also demonstrated how

FASS supervisor of the year 2020 Dr Robert Meadows (Department of Sociology) Dr Rob Meadows was nominated for supervisor of the year by a consortium of his past and present PhD students within the Department of Sociology. Rob was commended for his academic and pastoral support of students and notably his friendly and compassionate approach to supervising

the development of MOOCs in the University through the FutureLearn partnership can extend the University’s excellence in teaching to new audiences across the world, and how this platform can be used to enhance Surrey’s reputation and attract new markets via micro credentials or online degrees. In addition to the impact achieved via the development of new educational initiatives, Doris’ research has also led to technological innovation, working closely with a local small and medium-sized enterprise, Account Management Online Ltd (AMO) based in the Surrey Research Park. Doris led a consultancy project that supported AMO in developing their AI driven, automated marketing chatbot to improve customer engagement, enjoyment and trust. This initiative has supported a successful funding application to Innovate UK (£300,000), and a version of AMO’s new bot has been redeployed to the SETsquared Partnership and a packaging solutions company.

PhD studies. He was praised by his past and current students for providing an intellectually challenging and stimulating research environment. In doing so, Rob’s supervision was inspiring students through dialogue and constructive feedback, challenging ideas, and encouraging reflection. Rob was further applauded for treating students with respect and compassion and for providing a space to reflect upon, negotiate and rethink ideas. As one former student concluded: “Rob’s enthusiasm for social research and love of teaching and learning has undoubtedly motivated and inspired countless students. U NIVER S ITY OF S U R R EY


FASS STRATEGIC RESEARCH THEMES LIVING AND WORKING IN THE DIGITAL AGE Research within this theme eloquently demonstrates the relevance of FASS disciplines to address the global questions that currently face society. Our research embraces the applications and implications of digital technologies from different perspectives and explores the tangible outcomes of the digital transformation of society, for example: new and disruptive business models, innovative platforms, products and services. FASS research investigates the opportunities provided by digital innovation but also the possible negative consequences and their mitigation, exploring the behavioural aspects of society’s digital transformation; its effect on the arts, literature and education; its application in translation and interpreting; its impact on community life, healthcare and cultural experiences; and its legislative implications.

SOCIETY, ECONOMY AND SUSTAINABILITY This theme embraces a complex set of areas which are excitingly interdisciplinary, delivering reach and impact transcending traditional academic boundaries. Areas of interest range from: sustainability in transport, energy, tourism and enterprise, to research on the practices and behaviours of sustainability and environmental resilience, and explorations of what it means to work and live sustainably. Additionally, this theme encompasses research on the spatial, temporal and cultural impacts of imagined and subversive spaces, and representations of the practice and politics of movement and migration. In the near future, our new “Learning Hotel” on the Manor Park campus will also provide an opportunity for academic experimentation in a practical environment, to inform the future of sustainable hospitality experiences.

CULTURAL PRACTICES Within the Faculty, we have areas of significant focus investigating the applied and socially engaged arts, studying and recording endangered and understudied languages, and researching translation and interpreting as practices of intercultural mediation. We are at the forefront of industry-focused activity in creative digital media, spatial audio and psychoacoustic engineering, and specialise in the socio-cultural understanding of historical musics and the contemporary global impact of the guitar. Our research strengths in creative economies highlight the great potential of ‘presence-inducing technologies’, e.g. virtual reality and holographic computing, for transforming creative processes and developing new products, experiences and business opportunities. 8


INEQUALITIES, GOVERNANCE, WELLBEING The notion of connected cultures and societies is a fundamental aspect of this theme. A significant focus of the research we conduct under this heading is on the connections that link people with public services and with social, economic and political decision-making. For example, public services are vital to ensuring citizens’ quality of life. The extended period of austerity that followed the 2008 financial crisis seems likely to lengthen following last year’s Brexit decision. Our research, therefore, investigates not only how the public sector can deliver ‘better for less’, but also alternative paths for public policy and politics, in the UK and internationally. Similarly, we study economic modelling and banking regulation issues to shape the government’s monetary and fiscal policies.

CRIME, SECURITY, AND JUSTICE Research on crime, security, and justice is conducted in many of the disciplines which make up FASS, and we have a substantial history of conducting research in this area. One strand of our research in this theme concerns the increasingly sophisticated intelligent technologies underlying, for example, the development of driverless cars, automated internet markets, and robot-assisted surgery. These new technologies raise unexplored legal, social and ethical challenges which require us to rethink wider concepts of agency, responsibility and morality. Further strands of research concern cybercrime and the influence of extrasystemic data upon the reasoning of the lawyers. Such data includes historical and philosophical developments as well as methodologies used in other legal systems and in other branches of science.

INNOVATIVE METHODOLOGIES This theme is characterised by research that is multi-method, collaborative and interdisciplinary, but with a FASS focus that is also human-centred, participatory, and co-created with partners and beneficiaries. Research within this theme pushes the boundaries of what is possible, developing new ways of modelling, analysing and working with data, and shaping the policy and economic decisions of the future. Our research is driven by the firm belief that the challenges facing humanity and society are too big to be addressed by one discipline alone. We are committed to developing high-quality international research partnerships to address the global challenges of today and of the future. U NIVER S ITY OF S U R R EY


FASS FESTIVAL OF RESEARCH THEME TUNE We are delighted that this year’s Festival will feature some fantastic musical pieces composed by Dr Milton Mermikides from the Department of Music and Media. Please find below Milton’s description of his compositions for the Festival:

“The theme tune employs the German cryptogram system (favoured by J.S. Bach, Shostakovich and other composers) which translates alphabetic letters into musical notes. Here the four letters F, A, S, S become the melody F, A, Eb, Eb (from the German Es), but you wouldn’t know that without reading this. “You will also notice some videos illustrating the translation of the University of Surrey Stag logo into time and pitch, demonstrating the connection between the visual and audio domain. I particularly like melodic ornaments created by the antlers.” We would like to thank Milton for his wonderful contributions to this year’s Festival. We are confident you will very much enjoy them.



FASS PGR POSTER COMPETITION This year’s posters will be presented in an online showcase taking place on Wednesday (please refer to the programme schedule on the previous page). Each student will have the opportunity to present their poster and we will then open this up to questions from the audience. Members of the Faculty’s Research and Innovation committee will judge the posters and will award two prizes, for the best poster and the runner-up.

Nominees •  School of Literature and Languages: Holly Hallam •  Department of Sociology: Thiago Bogossian •  School of Economics: Marco Mello •  Department of Music and Media: Katalin Koltai •  School of Law: Benita Mathew.



DOCTORAL COLLEGE CONFERENCE 2021 This two-day event is your chance to discover all the fields of research taking place at Surrey, meet your fellow researchers, and broaden your horizons, gaining valuable skills to enhance your career. The call for papers will be issued in early 2021.

22-23 June 2021

FACULTY OF ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES University of Surrey Guildford, GU2 7XH, UK surrey.ac.uk

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