Note: We advertise events here that are organized by, or relevant to, our members. Not all are organized by GCID specifically, and relevant contact details are provided so you can contact the organizers directly.

Symposium: Skimming the cream: Developing potential to build dairy farmers’ resilience in Malawi and Scotland
June 19th from 10:00-15:30
Venue: M
ary Stewart Building Seminar Room, Garscube Campus
Skimming the cream: Developing potential to build dairy farmers’ resilience in Malawi and Scotland. This academic symposium presents an opportunity to network with other researchers and explore the potential for future research collaborations with researchers from Lilongwe University of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Malawi. This is an opportunity for researchers to hear from Dr Banda of the Department of Animal Science from Lilongwe University of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Malawi. The purpose of this event is to bring together researchers who are interested in in farming, resilience, disaster risk reduction to discuss how to foster resilience in the dairy farming sector in the global South and North. The morning will provide an opportunity to hear from speakers from Lilongwe University of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Malawi, the University of Glasgow, and SRUC. The afternoon session will provide a forum to discuss what we can learn from each other and identify gaps in knowledge surrounding farm resilience research. The day is part of a global challenges research fund and is an opportunity for researchers to: meet, discuss ideas, gain a better understanding of each other’s perspectives, and explore the potential for research collaboration. To support dairy farmers in Malawi and Scotland to become more resilient to the effects of drought, floods and other extreme weather.
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Public Lecture: China’s Growth: Understanding the slowdown and future trajectory by Professor Shang-Jin Wei, Columbia University
Date/Time: June 25th, 2019 at 17:00
Venue: Lecture Theatre, Sir Charles Wilson Building, Kelvin Way, University of Glasgow
Description: The recent slowdown in China’s growth comes from three distinct sources, each requiring different policy responses. In this talk, Professor Wei analyses these sources, assesses current policy responses and proposes additional reforms. To understand future economic trajectory, Professor Wei considers the likelihood that the country can successfully transition from a low-tech manufacturing giant to a more innovation-based growth model. Professor Shangjin Wei is N.T. Wang Professor of Chinese Business and Economy and Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and School of International and Public Affairs. He is a noted scholar on international finance, trade, macroeconomics, and China. During 2014-2016, Professor Wei served as Chief Economist of Asian Development Bank and Director General of its Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department. Prior to his Columbia appointment in 2007, he was Assistant Director and Chief of Trade and Investment Division at the International Monetary Fund. He has been a consultant to numerous government organizations including the US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, United Nations Economic Commission on Europe, and United Nations Development Program, the Asian Development Bank, and to private companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers. This event is supported by the Adam Smith Business School, the Scottish Centre for China Research, and the Confucius Institute of the University of Glasgow. This lecture marks the launch of a new flagship event: The Adam Smith Distinguished Speaker series. This series will welcome acclaimed speakers from the world of economics to the University. These speakers will challenge conventional wisdom and constructively offer bold propositions to transform policy for the benefit of society, just as Adam Smith, in his time, was able to disrupt the old view of economics.

Interdisciplinary Brown Bag Lunch: What we threw away: Scotland’s Waste, Past and Present
Date: June 25th from 12:30
Venue: Lilybank House Seminar Room
Details: What does Waste mean to you? Help us equip future researchers to find past waste in the archive by sharing terminology, search terms, and waste problems from the present. We hope that "What We Threw Away" will help build relationships, collaborations, and collegiality around common research interests.

GCID Seminar: Space and Time: A Long-term Perspective on Land Reform from Zimbabwe’s Experience
Speaker: Professor Bill Kinsey, Research Fellow, African Studies Centre, Leiden University
Time: 13:00-14:00 on Sept 12th, 2019
Venue: TBC
Description: Despite a growing demand for sound, evidence-based development strategies, one-time, cross-sectional studies and summary post-implementation reports continue to predominate in development interventions. Nowhere are the deficiencies of these approaches more apparent than in evaluating interventions where positive outcomes are premised upon far-reaching changes in economic activities and lifestyles over time. Land reform and resettlement exemplify interventions that can only be realistically appraised through repeated or continuous examination over both space and time. This conclusion is based upon a 32-year study of Zimbabwe’s original land reform program, launched in 1980. Zimbabwe has experienced two major – and markedly different – phases in its land reform efforts. The first was carefully planned and implemented with support from a broad group of international donor agencies; the second, which began in 2000, was motivated primarily by political considerations and was implemented in a chaotic and non-transparent fashion that has done severe damage to the economy and harmed international relations. This seminar addresses long-term outcomes from the first phase of Zimbabwe’s land reform. Particular attention is given to contrasts in spatial dimensions – between the areas of origin of those who were resettled and their new homes in the land-reform areas. A parallel emphasis is the conclusions that arise from short-term observations regarding economic and social outcomes and the contradictions that arise from longer-term viewpoints. The seminar concludes with an overview of what can be expected in terms of rural poverty alleviation from African land-reform interventions.
If you’d like to meet with the speaker, please contact Gareth James at



Past Events


Public Lecture: The Future of Urban Research in Bangladesh
May 21st from 14:00-16:00
Yudowitz Lecture Theatre, Wolfson Medical School Building, University of Glasgow
In the face of uneven urbanisation, diverse critical urban challenges, and climate vulnerability of cities, Bangladesh must strengthen its urban research so that effective policies and practices can help build sustainable cities. With no national urban research institutes in place, universities are the incubators for crosscutting urban studies. In this public lecture, Professor Mohammad Fayek Uzzaman – Vice Chancellor of Khulna University, will share the potentials of urban research and challenges in creating a supportive research environment in Bangladesh. Professor Shamim Mahabubul Haque and Assistant Professor Dr Shilpi Roy will share key findings and innovative research approaches from different collaborative urban research projects at Khulna University, such as the Centre Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods.
• Professor Mohammad Fayek Uzzaman – Vice Chancellor, Khulna University
• Professor Shamim Mahabubul Haque – Department of Urban and Rural Planning, Khulna University
• Assistant Professor Dr Shilpi Roy – Co-Investigator for the Centre Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC), Department of Urban and Rural Planning, Khulna University
Background: Public universities have a commitment to bring change to their country and beyond. Research is prioritised in all Bangladeshi Universities, but there is a significant shortage of funding, infrastructure and management support. Creating a supportive environment for research remains a challenge. The presenters will discuss the successes and challenge of Khulna University’s urban research. Professor Mohammad Fayek Uzzaman is an important figure in policy formulation for Universities in Bangladesh will present available institutional supports and relevant management issues. Through discussion with the audience, this public lecture will aim to co-understand how we can ensure a better future for urban and other research in the universities of Bangladesh.

Decolonising Education Panel Event
Date/Time: Tue, 21 May 2019 17:00 – 19:00 BST
Description: This panel event brings together esteemed international scholars: Boaventura de Sousa Santos (University of Coimbra, Portugal), Carmen Medina (University of Indiana), and Elizabeth Walton (University of Nottingham) to raise and discuss critical issues around decolonisation in Education. In a Global context of increasing influence of “international” and “universal” standards, this panel discusses education in relation to power relations and inclusion within and across contexts. What forms of knowledge are valued? What curricula? What pedagogies? Who is marginalised and disadvantaged in our educational structures? Addressing some of these questions is a critical step in addressing inequity in education on local and global scales.
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Decolonising Education Workshop
Date/time: Wed, 22 May 2019 10:30 – 13:30 BST
Description: The half-day workshop aims to build and strengthen collaborations with researchers across disciplinary boundaries who are interested in the emerging issue of decoloniality in education and research. With a focus on the design of practice and inquiry, we will focus on themes including:
- Decoloniality and inclusive education
- Regional and International Policy in relation to coloniality
- Eurocentric epistemologies and curricula
- The ‘Souths’
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Seminar/Workshop: Role of universities in envisioning participatory Smart Cities in the Global South.
Date: May 28th and 29th
Venue: May 28th in Room 224, St. Andrew’s Building. May 29th in Fore Hall, Main Building
Description: Globally, the urban population is expected to grow by 63% between 2014 and 2050 – compared to an overall global population growth of 32% during the same period. The fastest growing urban centres are located in the lower-middle-income countries in Asia and Africa that are experiencing unprecedented sustainability challenges in maintaining the city infrastructures.‘Smart Cities,’ based on visions of ICT-based urban development,have emerged as one response to the challenges and opportunities created by rapid urbanization and are considered major engines for pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals in both the global south and the north. India, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan are key countries leading the smart city mission. Yet, critical scholarship on smart cities in the South, remind us that cities in such countries remain deeply stratified by economic, social, and spatial inequities. In the above context, this joint seminar and workshop explore how Universities as centres of learning and social responsibility, can contribute to an equitable learning ecosystem for the sustainable development and productive integration of marginalised populations living and working in these smart cities. Universities should ideally provide the crucial institutional space to realize the concept of the ‘learning city’ which is being promoted globally by UNESCO in emerging economies.

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 10:00 am – 12:00 pm St Andrews Building Rm 224, University of Glasgow
A seminar led by esteemed scholars from India, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.
• Introduction: Professor Mike Osborne, Director of Research, School of Education, University of Glasgow
• Professor Muhammad Imran, School of Engineering, Vice-Dean Glasgow College, UESTC, University of Glasgow
We are pleased to welcome the following speakers:
• Professor Seema Singh, Department of Humanities, Delhi Technological University, New Delhi
• Dr. Ajith Kaliyath, Associate Professor, Urban Planning, Ansal University, New Delhi;
• Dr. Saikat Maitra, Assistant Professor, Public Policy and Management Studies, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta;
• Dr. Ellina Samantroy, Fellow and Co-coordinator of Centre for Gender and Labour, V.V. Giri National Labour Institute, New Delhi
• Professor Asylbek Aidaraliev, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kyrgyz Republic, International University of Kyrgyzstan;
• Professor Muratbek Baihodjoev, Vice-President, International University of Kyrgyzstan;
• Professor Zina Karaeva, Dean, Faculty of Linguistics and Regional Studies, International University of Kyrgyzstan;
• Dr. Natalya Pak, Associate Professor, Department of Languages International Information Technology University, Kazakhstan.
Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 10.00am – 1.00 pm Forehall, Main Building, University of Glasgow
A wonderful opportunity to do a half-day workshop on Participatory Research Methodology with the most well-known global practitioner-educator in the domain of community-based participatory research, Dr Rajesh Tandon, UNESCO Chair on Community-based Research & Social Responsibility of Higher Education since 2012. He is founder-President of PRIA (Participatory Research in Asia) since 1982. Knowledge for Change: Trajectory of Participatory Research Methodology. Participatory research methodology emerged from the practice of adult education in diverse settings. This workshop will focus on methods of community-based participatory research building on respect for local, indigenous and practitioner knowledge as a founding principle.
• Introduction: Professor Sayantan Ghosal, Adam Smith Business School and Dean of Interdisciplinarity and Impact at the College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow
Please register: All are welcome to the event. You can register to one or both events. Lunch, Tea & Coffee will be provided on both days.

UKRI GCRF Regional Engagement Event - Resilience to Environmental Shocks and Change/Cities and Sustainable infrastructure/Scottish Funding Council
Date/Time: March 19th, 2019 from 09:00-15:00
Venue: Senate Room, Main Building
Description: UKRI have arranged a programme of GCRF engagement events to provide an update on live and upcoming ODA calls/activities including the GCRF Collective Programme. This event will provide an opportunity to engage with UKRI staff, GCRF Challenge Leaders who are responsible for the building and success of individual GCRF challenge portfolios, and a representative for the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) who oversees the SFC GCRF Quality-Related funding allocations:
Mark Pelling - Resilience to Environmental Shocks and Change
Jaideep Gupte – Cities and Sustainable infrastructure
David Beards - Scottish Funding Council
The event is open to anyone with an interest in the GCRF and development research opportunities.

Seminar: A Future Beyond (or Without) the Forest: Reflections on Path Dependency and Alternative Development Strategies in Indonesia and Malaysia.
Speakers: Dr Helena Varkkey, University of Malaya and Dr Adam Tyson, University of Leeds. Chair: Dr Karen Siegel
Date/Time: April 10th from 13:00-14:00
Venue: Fore Hall
Abstract: This seminar reflects on the local, national and global dimensions of palm oil production in Indonesia and Malaysia. Using evidence-based approaches, the developmental benefits of palm oil will be examined, alongside the negative externalities that result from large-scale landscape change. Dr Varkkey will discuss, among other things, the contrasting developmental paths of the Indonesian and Malaysian palm oil sectors, focusing on the social and political factors encouraging expansionist and intensification strategies. In Dr Tyson’s related talk, the complex nature of path dependency will be considered, drawing on fieldwork with local actors from Indonesia’s Riau province. The seminar is based on preliminary findings from our British Academy International Partnership and Mobility grant.

Joint UofG-DFID Information and Networking Event
Date: March 6th, 15:00-17:00
Venue: Fore Hall, Main Building
Description: The Department of International Development and the University of Glasgow are working towards a closer relationship between our two organizations. Over the coming months, we will be embarking on a series of events to help colleagues from both organization understand more about how the other works and the activities that we can be working on together. In this first introductory event, we will share overviews of the two organizations, highlight some of the activity we already work closely on together, have plenty of time for questions and will finish with a drinks reception. If you are interested in learning how DFID and the University of Glasgow approach international development research, we strongly encourage you to come along.

Ethics in International Aid hosted by the GCID PGR/ECR Cluster and the PhD Society
Date/Time: 17:30 on March 6th, 2019
Location: Bridie Library, Glasgow University Union
Description: It’s an open space for anyone to share ideas for a Project, Paper, Trial run of a conference presentation, something you're struggling with/trying to sort out, Or anything you want to share about your research ... Attendees will listen and give informal advice, feedback and constructive criticism. This will be the first of monthly evenings to be hosted at the GUU; this event is a collaboration between the Glasgow Centre for International Development PGR/ECR cluster and the PhD Society. Speakers: If you would like to speak at this event, please email the event organiser in advance (there will also be an opportunity for more improvised talks on the night). AV software will be available for powerpoints.
Theme: This event will be around the theme of research ethics in international development and aid and will be led by the GCID early stage researchers. Early stage researchers often grapple with the complexities of ethics in development research; this evening will offer a much-needed platform to provide the space and time for these important peer-to-peer discussions and exchanges. Key issues and discussion points that arise from this event will inform the development of GCID framework for ethics.

Seminar: Closing the gap between the communities and right full access to HealthCare
February 6, 2019 at 13:00
Davidson Lecture Theatre (208, Davidson Building)
Brian Gitta is an entrepreneur with a computer science background interested in using design thinking, machine learning and artificial intelligence to create solutions to the world’s hardest problems – starting with those in African communities. He is the team lead and co-founder of matibabu, a company that offers an innovative malaria diagnosis kit. Matibabu has won a host of different awards including the UN Empowerment Award and The Aspirin Social Innovation Award. Brian most recently won the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation for the work he and his team have done at Matibabu. He will be sharing more about his entrepreneur journey of building a med tech startup, matibabu.

Seminar: Our Stories Our Way: Youth Identities – Wellbeing and School Engagement
Date/Time: Monday, Feb 11th 2019 from 6pm-7pm with a reception from 5.30 pm
Venue: Sir Charles Wilson Building
Abstract: The seminar will encourage discussion about the role of schools in identity affirming and formation for diverse young people. Identity as a field of study can be widely contested and is often conflated with various political and social ideologies that privilege dominant ways of knowing and marginalise minority groups. Identity can be viewed through multiple lenses including philosophical, anthropological, biological, sociological, psychological and relational; making it complex and challenging for schools to actively pursue a role in identity development of young people, particularly in a fast changing, technological and diasporic world. The seminar is based on the findings from a national study in Australia on the identities, wellbeing and health of Indigenous young people in diverse secondary school settings. Using creative, youth centred and culturally affirming ways to explore these concepts with Indigenous young people, the study was able to gain insights from young people about their visions for maintaining strong identities and their views on the impact of schools and schooling in supporting these.
Dr Marnee Shay, Senior Lecturer (University of Queensland, Australia)
Associate Professor Grace Sarra (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
Professor Annette Woods (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
Discussant: Professor Trevor Gale, Head of School, School of Education, University of Glasgow
Registration: This is an event to invite your colleagues from schools, your PhD and PGT students, as well as colleagues from other Scottish universities. Please share this event widely in your networks. Please register via for catering purposes.

Decolonising the Curriculum
Date/Time: February 15th, 13:00-15:00
Venue: LEADS teaching room, Southpark House
Description: This session will look at the growing imperative in HE Institutions to challenge assumptions about racial and civilisational hierarchies and their impact on academic study. The session will consider, through discussion and practical activities, why it might be important to challenge the historical contexts of knowledge and how, through considering course content, including biographies, you might make small changes to courses that can represent a more diverse student population and engage all students in challenging assumptions about knowledge.
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Commonwealth Scholarships – Understanding the Process and Supporting Potential Applicants
Date/Time: February 28th, 13:00-14:00
Venue: Melville Room, Main Building
Description: The Commonwealth Scholarships support students from Commonwealth countries to study at the Master and PhD level at UK institutions. In this lunchtime talk Professor Anne Anderson, who is a Commonwealth Scholarship Commissioner, will offer an overview of the programme and offer recommendations on how researchers here at Glasgow can support potential interested applicants to improve their chances of success. This talk will be useful to anyone wishing to encourage international students to join their group and those who are seeking options to support talented students they have encountered through their ongoing activities.


Talk: Severe acute malnutrition: successes and challenges - Dr André Briend
January 24th, 4.00 -5.00 (Refreshments from 3.30)
Level 2 Lecture Theatre, New Lister Building, Glasgow Royal Infirmary
The department of Human Nutrition is privileged to be hosting André Briend, the inventor of plumpy nut. His talk will describe how an understanding of the physiology of severe malnutrition, combined with food science, enabled the development and implementation of a therapeutic food which has revolutionised the treatment of severe malnutrition in lower and middle income countries (LMIC).

Workshop: Practical Guide to Patient & Public Involvement in Research
Speaker: Allison Worth, Tracy Ibbotson and PPI contributors
Date: Thursday 24 January 2019 from 10.30-12.30
Venue: Teaching Room 105, 124 Observatory Road, General Practice & Primary Care, University of Glasgow.
Description: To book a place please contact These are some of the topics we will cover: What is patient and public involvement all about?, ways of working, making Patient and Public Involvement work for you, challenges and how to overcome them, resources and where to find help and support.

Workshop: Writing in Plain English: How to write a lay summary and patient information sheet
Speaker: Allison Worth and PPI contributors
Date: Thursday 24 January 2019, 1.30 – 15.00
Venue: Teaching Room 105, 124 Observatory Road, General Practice & Primary Care, University of Glasgow .
Description: To book a place please contact Writing a good lay summary and patient information sheet is a challenge. How do you get people interested, keep their attention to the end, get across all the information you need to in accessible everyday language? This workshop will give you a toolkit to help you write in a clear and direct way. bring your own lay summary or patient information sheet to work in in small groups and we will help you to transform the way you write for a public audience

Seminar: The Academy/Technology, Indigenous worldviews and globalisation: participatory research as knowledge integration for sustainable development by Professor Seth Agbo, Lakehead University
Time/Date: 29th November 2018, 1200-1245
Venue: Room 432, St. Andrew’s Building
Description: Contemporary characterization of global sustainability has demonstrated that Indigenous worldviews approximate important attributes of sustainable development. In this context, Indigenous epistemology is a crucial component in the selection of the criteria for sustainable development and the formulation of corresponding goals for sustainability in a global economy. However, the culture of the academy and its politics of educational borderlands have been on the attack as representing knowledge that is encapsulated in positivistic, objective principles, which in retrospect, exclude Indigenous epistemologies. This paper explores how Indigenous epistemologies and cultural ideas can be grafted onto academic knowledge and technology in a way that considers Indigenous epistemology as crucial in the generation of knowledge for sustainable development. The paper attempts to demonstrate the efficacy of participatory research in integrating academic knowledge/technology and Indigenous knowledge by creating a model of knowledge integration that goes beyond Eurocentric positivistic traditions and culture, and encourages a cross-fertilization of insights, practices and worldviews of Indigenous knowledge and cultures with academic knowledge and technology. The paper concludes that Indigenous knowledge and the traditions of the academy can be mediated and defined in terms of a system of culturally structured and shared values, beliefs and symbols about knowledge in a participatory, collaborative knowledge generation model that emphasizes meaning and mutual exercise of control and power and placing Indigenous knowledge in a conspicuous place in academic knowledge/technology traditions.
To RSVP: E-mail

Seminar: Legal Issues in Education – Comparative approaches in education and law by Professor Hans G. Schuetze, University of British Columbia
Time/Date: 29th November 2018, 1315-1415
Venue: Room 432 St Andrew’s Building
Description: Increasingly over the last 30 years or so, legal issues in education have come to the fore in many countries. Examples abound: teachers and administrators of schools, post-secondary educations and other places of formal instruction and learning have to deal with disorderly student conduct that was formerly dealt with pedagogical means and sanctioned, in severe or repeat cases, by disciplinary action, but now fall into the responsibility of the police, various authorities dealing with youth, or the courts. Parents discontent with the treatment of their children by the teachers, or with the grade their children have received, complain to the school leadership and request reversal of the teachers’ decisions – and initiate court action if their demands are not satisfied. Universities revoke PhD degrees upon the discovery that the degree holder had plagiarized substantial parts of their dissertation. There are many more examples – and the number of cases reaching the courts is climbing. As a reaction, many education faculties have recently added courses on legal issues to their teacher training curricula; increasingly also, law faculties now have similar courses or seminars on their books to prepare future lawyers for work in this field. Legal texts abound on the law of schools, post-secondary institutions, vocational training, rights of students and parents, the responsibility and rights of teachers and administrators, the right level of financing of education, the responsibility of institutions for a safe environment of the learners, and many other themes on the interface of education and the law. There is very little comparative literature on the subject – not least due to the inherent difficulties with methodology. As the field needs both a pedagogical or sociological perspective, on the one hand, and a legal one, on the other, the methodology of studying and analyzing legal issues in education must take into account, and be informed by both the methods of comparative education and of comparative law (or ‘comparative jurisprudence’). Although there are many similarities –not astonishingly as both pedagogy, sociology and jurisprudence belong to the scientific family of ‘social studies’ – there are also some significant differences concerning the methodology and theoretical frameworks of the two fields. The most important difference is the authoritative nature of the law, a system of rules that order human behavior, relations of citizens among each other and with the state as well as the organization of society. Different from philosophy or sociology of law, legal systems are determined by the legislation (or delegated rule-making) and judicial precedent, enforced by various public agents, for example administrative agencies, the police and the courts. Yet this authoritative system is not static but in constant change reflecting changes of the respective society and value systems. I shall address this and other differences between comparative law and education, exemplified by a few concrete cases of educational law. These comparative examples will make reference to three jurisdictions I am familiar with, Germany (where I studied law, worked as a lawyer, and taught a university course on law and education), the US (where I also studied law and worked as an intern in a law firm), and Canada (where I taught, as a professor in UBC’s Faculty of Education, several graduate classes on legal issues in education). The presentation will be based on legal and educational literature, laws and regulations, and court decisions from these three countries.
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Consultation and Discussion: Ethics of working in LMICs
Date: December 4th, 2018 at 1pm
Location: Gannochy Seminar Room, Wolfson Medical School Building
Description: Working in LMICs come with many ethical considerations, from the level of institutional relationships to the daily decisions researchers must make when embedded in the field. Within the formal guidance, there are still challenging decisions to be made, and we would like to develop a framework for the Glasgow perspective on how to make those decisions and frame the ethical questions and quandaries that researchers in this sector often face. Over the course of 2018-19, we will be hosting a series of workshops and consultations, open to students and staff at the University of Glasgow, to talk about the issues and question we face and develop a framework that represents the University of Glasgow perspective on working ethically in LMIC contexts. In this first session, we have invited Dr Lizzi Milligan to present “A framework for research ethics in international and comparative education” - In this talk, I will present an ethical framework that has been developed for the field of international and comparative education. The framework is based on findings from a study that explored British Association for International and Comparative Education members' perspectives on existing ethical guidelines and the ethical values that underpin their international and comparative research. The framework centres on an 'axis of universality' and six core ethical values - co-constructive dialogue, reflective practice, honesty and transparency, respect and care, conscious freedom and experiential and tacit awareness. It is hoped that this framework will provide guidance for international and comparative researchers to navigate ethical requirements throughout the research process and in contextually appropriate ways.
We encourage everyone to contribute to this very important discussion and stay tuned for the announcement of more dates in 2019. If you have any questions, please contact

GRAMNet Annual Lecture: Reflections on the Framing of and Responses to the Refugee ‘Crisis’ in Europe - Professor Cathryn Costello, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford
Date/Time: Friday 16th November, 5.00 - 6.00pm
Venue: Yudowitz Lecture Theatre, Wolfson Medical School Building
Description: The event is organised by GRAMNet in collaboration with the School of Law, University of Glasgow. This lecture looks at the notion of ‘crisis’ in refugee studies, in particular examining the events of 2015 as framed in Europe as ‘the refugee crisis’.  While that framing is open to challenge empirically, politically and ethically, it has nonetheless been resonant and powerful.  The lecture is prompted by the question:  Why do some ‘crises’ generate significant change, while others seem to paralyse?  To understand the nature of crisis, it draws on the writings of the feminist international legal scholar Hilary Charlesworth on crisis in international law, and work on policy failure in migration and EU scholarship.  Professor Costello examines the ‘contested construction’ of the events of 2015, which in turn have dictated the range of political responses pursued, and those which were assumed to be politically unviable.  That construction has tended to place responsibility for the scale of arrivals with decisions take in late 2015 by Chancellor Merkel, while downplaying the structural forces at work.  Moreover, it has treated the suspension of Dublin returns as abnormal, rather than normal.    So two ‘normal’ features of EU state practice, keeping a Schengen border open and not even attempting to give effect to all legally possible Dublin returns are construed as exceptional and indeed crisis-inducing.  Other responses to the crisis are assessed, including border closures, the EU’s attempts to establish responsibility-sharing, and the EU-Turkey deal.  Professor Costello also considers some other developments, including moves to improve the conditions of Syrian refugees in the region of origin, including bot the EU-Turkey ‘deal’ and the Jordan Compact.  The talk also examines some varied judicial responses to the crisis, from the EU Court’s apparently judicially minimalist approach, to some important developments at domestic level.  It concludes with some thoughts on the important role of scholars in times of crisis. Cathryn Costello is Andrew W Mellon Associate Professor in International Human Rights and Refugee Law, at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford.  Her research spans international and EU migration and asylum law, including its interactions with labour law.  Her recent writings includes ‘Citizenship & Refugeehood’ Chapter 32 in Rainer Bauböck, Irene Bloemraad and Maarten Vink (eds) Oxford Handbook of Citizenship (OUP 2017) and (with Michelle Foster) ‘Non-refoulement as custom and jus cogens? Putting the prohibition to the test’ (2015) Netherlands Yearbook of International Law. Her monograph on the Human Rights of Migrants and Refugees in European Law (OUP 2015) was awarded the Odysseus Academic Prize. She is the co-editor (with Professor Mark Freedland) of Migrants at Work:  Immigration and Vulnerability in Labour Law (OUP 2014).  She is also the co-author of a several studies for the European Parliament and the UNHCR (most recently on Article 31 of the Refugee Convention).   In 2018, she commenced her individual ERC-funded project entitled REF-MIG, on mobility, status and rights of refugees. The lecture will be followed by a wine reception.  Everyone is welcome.  If you would like to attend, please register on the Eventbrite site.

PGR/ECR Potluck Networking Event
Date: Friday December 14th
Time: 15:00 - 18:00
Venue: PGR Hub, Adam Smith Building, 3rd Floor.
Description: On Friday December 14th the Global South Researchers group and GCID will host a Christmas Potluck event! Attendees will bring food from their (fieldwork) country to create a mini ‘global buffet’. After dinner speakers from across the industry will share their stories about their career to date, key sector insights and provide tips for post-PhD opportunities within and outside academia. Speakers to be confirmed. Registration for this event implies that you also consent to bring a dish

Seminar: Perpetuating global inequalities in the knowledge economy: reflections from 20 years of public health research in East Africa by Professor Daniel Wight
Date: November 15th, 2018 from 1pm-2pm
Location: MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, 200 Renfield Street, G2 3AX



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