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Facilitating Holistic Wellbeing in the Research Process

A BSA Postgraduate Forum Regional Event

24 January 2020 (8:30am – 5:30pm)
University of Glasgow, UK 

About the Event

Fieldwork is frequently part of the sociological research process. Despite being a key aspect of postgraduate research, it can be an isolating experience with room for nuanced conversations on power, vulnerability and mixed emotions. Preparing to encounter these feelings and building a caring community can help while undertaking fieldwork. This one-day Postgraduate Regional Event will be a relational, creative space to discuss personal experiences, find solutions to shared challenges, and generate support networks.

In recognising the diversity of subject areas within sociology, this event welcomes participants from diverse research backgrounds. Including, but not limited to, those who undertake research within or outside their home communities, and inside the UK or abroad. We hope to consider the unique aspects of these experiences.

This event will include a focus on postgraduate student/ECR fieldwork experience, available support services (and identifying gaps), a creative zine making workshop, and support network envisioning activity.

Confirmed Activities/Facilitators (more to follow)

  • Collaborative Zine Making Workshop with Amanda Ptolomey (University of Glasgow)
  • Support Network Envisioning Activity with Dr Christopher Bunn (University of Glasgow)

Call for Panel Participants

We are seeking four Sociology postgraduate student/ECR panelists to take part in a Fieldwork Experience Panel/Q&A. Participation will include sharing your fieldwork experience and advice with event participants (up to 30 people). We are seeking panelists with diverse knowledges and want to include perspectives from those who have researched in the UK or abroad, and within or outside their own communities.  Interested?  Read the full Call for Panel Participants.  Application deadline: 13 December 2019.


  • BSA Members - £5
  • Non Members - £15

Lunch and refreshments provided.

For more information, contact Jessica Penney and/or Molly Gilmour.