Early Career Researchers’ Workshop: Decolonising Methodologies

Date & Time: Thursday 17th October 2019, 09.30-17.00

Location: Friends House, Euston, London

The event has been funded by the Sociological Review Foundation


The Sociological Review’s Early Careers Researchers’ Workshop

This early career researchers’ workshop will follow on from The Sociological Review’s Annual Public Lecture 2019 given by Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith the evening before marking the 20th anniversary of the publication Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples.

This workshop is exclusively for early career researchers (ECRs) and postgraduate researchers (PGRs) conducting research in and/or teaching in the area of decolonization. The day offers the opportunity for attendees to explore the intersections of imperialism and research, specifically deconstructing western paradigms of research and knowledge within their own work and teaching practices. With the guidance of Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith (University of Waikato, New Zealand), Dr Michaela Benson (Goldsmiths, UK) and Dr Sara Salem (LSE, UK), delegates will deconstruct the conventions, motivations and values that inform Western research practices.

There will be 15 delegate places available and each delegate will start the day by doing a brief 2 minutes presentation about their research and what they hope to get from the event. The rest of the morning will be structured around a workshop with Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith and after lunch delegates will work in small groups, with a choice of research groups focusing on either decolonizing their empirical practices or teaching centered groups where they will work through how to re-design and decolonize a research method module. Each group will then report back to the rest of delegates to receive responses from each other, as well as from Dr Michaela Benson and Dr Sara Salem.


Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith (University of Waikato, New Zealand)

Linda Tuhiwai Smith (Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Porou, Māori) is a scholar of education and critic of persistent colonialism in academic teaching and research. She is best known for her groundbreaking 1999 book, Decolonizing Methodologies. She has been President of NZARE the New Zealand Association for Research in Education, a member of the Tertiary Education Advisory Commission, a member of the Health Research Council and Chair of the Maori Health Committee, Chair of the Social Sciences Panel of the Marsden Council and member of the Constitutional Review Panel. She has also been active in establishing Maori educational initiatives from early childhood to higher education, was an inaugural co-Director of the Maori Research Centre of Excellence, Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga.

Dr Michaela Benson (Goldsmiths, UK)

Michaela Benson is an ethnographer and sociologist based at Goldsmiths. Her current research is focused on Brexit and what this means to and for British citizens living in the EU-27 (https://brexitbritsabroad.com), a project that includes the ambition to communicate research in real time through podcasting, writing for print media and blogs, working with journalists and ThinkTanks. As Managing Editor of The Sociological Review, she is responsible for editorial vision and strategy for a journal that seeks to renew the critical and creative appeal of sociology in times of dramatic economic and political changes in many parts of the world.

Dr Sara Salem (LSE, UK)

Sara Salem is an Assistant Professor at London School of Economics and Political Science. She is also an editor of The Sociological Review journal. Her main research interests include political sociology, postcolonial studies, Marxist theory, feminist theory, and global histories of empire and imperialism. Sara’s work explores the connections between postcolonial theory and Marxism, with special attention to the context of Egypt and the period of decolonisation in the mid-twentieth century. She is particularly interested in questions of traveling theory, postcolonial/anti-colonial nationalism, gender and feminist theory, and imperialism.


There are 15 places available for this workshop for early careers researchers (ECRs) and postgraduate researchers (PGRs, conducting PhD research). Places will be allocated via a competitive application basis. All applications will be peer reviewed by editorial members of The Sociological Review. Reviewers will give consideration to strength of abstract (250 words) outlining research and teaching interests in relation to the workshop, as well as rationale for why they want to attend the workshop. To apply for a place, please continue to the application form.

The deadline for applications is Monday 16th September, 2019, 17.00 BST. Decisions will be communicated Monday 23rd September.

*This event is free and lunch and refreshments will be provided. Delegates are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and dinner expenses unless they are bursary awardees. Details on how to apply for a bursary are below.

*Please note, TSR cannot be held responsible for any changes to the advertised events that are beyond our control. 

For those wanting to register for The Sociological Review’s Annual Lecture, Wednesday 16th October, London: Registration will open Friday 13th September, 2019, 12.00pm BST. Places for the Annual Lecture will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Details of the registration link will be circulated on The Sociological Review’s mailing list first. Sign up here.

Eligibility for Bursaries

As with all of our events, we are making a number of bursaries available on a competitive basis to facilitate the attendance of those who might otherwise struggle to meet the costs of attending. 

Bursaries are available for unfunded postgraduate research students and early career researchers in precarious positions as well as others on the grounds of need. Bursary support available to apply for include; travel funds (limited to £100.00), 1-night overnight accommodation the day before the event (organised by SRF), and support with childcare (£50.00 per day).

Please note, bursary awardees will be expected to attend the whole day of the event.

Applications for bursaries are available via the application form. Deadline for bursary application is 16th September 2019, 17.00 BST. Decisions will be communicated 23rd September.

*Please note, if you received one of the following awards from SRF in the year 2019, you are not eligible for a bursary for this event: ECR Conference Funding Competition Award, a place on the ECR Writing Retreat, a bursary for the workshop Making Your Own Sociological Research Game and a bursary for the event Towards a Red Feminist Horizon.

Venue Information and Directions

This workshop will be taking place at Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ.

Friends House is centrally located, opposite Euston Station, and within walking distance of King’s Cross and St Pancras International stations. It is easily reached by all major rail, bus and tube services.


The main entrance to Friends House is located on Euston Road. It is accessible to all and provides a step-free access. The workshop room is on the first floor. There are 4 lifts in the building. The two lifts in the ground floor foyer are too small to accommodate a large wheelchair. The third lift is larger and provides wheelchair access to the 1st and 2nd floor levels as required. There are toilets on every floor of the building with accessible WCs.

See here for more information on Friends House’s accessibility.


If you require a visa to enter the UK for this event, it is your responsibility to check visa requirements and organise one within sufficient time to attend the event. If you require a letter of proof of event registration and/or bursary awarded, please allow a minimum of two weeks’ notice for SRF to produce this.

For more information on UK visas, please see here.

Contact Details

For any enquiries about this workshop including registration, waiting lists, bursaries and venue information, please contact events manager Jenny Thatcher events@thesociologicalreview.com.

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