2019 LIAS events

May 2019

8 May

One size doesn’t fit all: gender, health and the interplay of research and policy

In collaboration with GloCoPoco, LIAS welcomes Professor Patricia Jeffery from University of Edinburgh for a Roundtable discussion that will cover some of her research interests, and offer a unique opportunity meet, network and engage in meaningful discussions with a varied audience from different research backgrounds. A drinks reception will follow.

Professor Patricia Jeffery has wide research experience extending over almost 50 years and focussing on themes surrounding gender and development, particularly in South Asia: reproductive and child health, social demography, communal politics and the reproduction of inequality. She has recently returned from fieldwork and is currently working on a book addressing these topics.

The event will explore some provocative questions in order to highlight the disconnection between global policies and the realities of everyday life at the local level, with particular reference to maternal mortality, and demographic issues such as the age of marriage and the significance of girls’ education. We hope that the Roundtable will spark off lively and meaningful discussion.

9 May

LIAS Fellow Christopher Munyati shall be delivering a presentation on his research

Towards Remotely Sensing Savannah Rangeland Quality based on Relative Nutrient Content of Grass.

In controlled treatment experiments, the deficiency of macronutrients (N, P, K, Ca, Mg) has been shown to cause shifts in leaf reflectance in the visible (400-700 nm), NIR (700-1100 nm) and red-edge regions. This work assessed whether these shifts manifest in-situ in savannah grass in South Africa. Like the woody component, grass on savannahs has biodiversity, carbon sequestration and socioeconomic significance. Grazing on the savannahs has been shown to promote the recycling of nutrients and, therefore, promotes high concentration of nutrients in grass tissue. At respective sampling sites in a no-grazing nature reserve, communal and wildlife grazing areas, the reflectance from grass was measured in-situ using a spectroradiometer. Nutrient concentrations in sample tissue of the grass were determined in the laboratory. Two grass species were studied: Brachiaria and Eragrostis sp. Sampling sites under high grazing intensity had high nutrient concentrations in the grass. The macronutrients showed moderate correlation with mean NIR reflectance, some of which were statistically significant. On the basis of the evidence from the field data, the work will additionally seek to determine whether differences in nutrient content of savannah grass can be determined synoptically on satellite imagery. Analyses on historical EO 1 Hyperion hyperspectral imagery have shown promising results. Long-term imagery will be used to determine change in the condition of the grazing lands, and the socioeconomic implications.

14 May

Womens’ health priorities in Gondar Ethiopia

This seminar will be delivered by Dr Zelalem Mengistu from the department of obstetrics and gynaecology, University of Gondar, Ethiopia and Prof Douglas Tincello from Health Sciences. They are working together to complete a Priority Setting Partnership in Gondar. PSPs are a process whereby clinicians, carers and patients work together to identify treatment uncertainties in a specific disease area to inform research policy and planning. The scheme was established by the James Lind Alliance, now a part of the National Institute of Health Research in England and over 70 PSPs have now been completed.

Prof Tincello will introduce Dr Zelalem and briefly describe the principles and history of the PSPS process. Dr Zelalem will present a seminar on our plans for a funded research project to complete a Priority Setting Partnership with patients and carers in the area of female pelvic floor disorders in Gondar, Ethiopia. He will describe the history and geography of Ethiopia, how healthcare is delivered in Gondar and then outline the specific challenges we face in delivering a successful PSP.

Venue: 0.26 George Davies Centre, UOL

16 May

'Imagining an AI-led Future? Myths and Reality' by Dr. Bingchun Meng

A seemingly perfect alliance is shaping up among venture capitalists, technology entrepreneurs and the Chinese government in inscribing layers of significance into AI as the technology of the future. What does this future entail for different social groups? Who are the main stakeholders making claims on this future and how are those claims related to their positionality in the broader power structure of political economy? This talk will tentatively address these questions by drawing upon data collected via recent fieldwork in Beijing and Shenzhen as well as secondary sources.

Speaker’s bio: Dr. Bingchun Meng is Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Media and Communications at London School of Economics. Associate Professor Bingchun Meng’s research interests include political economy of media industries, communication governance, gender and the media, and comparative media studies. She has published widely on these topic areas on leading international journals. Her book The Politics of Chinese Media: Consensus and Contestation was published by Palgrave in early 2018.

  • Time: 14.00 - 17.00
  • Location: Leicester Innovation Hub, 128 Regent Road, Leicester, LE1 7PA
  • Confirmed speaker: Dr. Bingchun Meng, Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Media and Communications at LSE

17 May

LeMID seminars with Professor Debby Bogaert

Scottish Senior Clinical Fellow and Honorary Consultant in paediatric infectious disease

  • 12pm-1pm

21 May

Sensory Overload: Join us at the Spirits Bar for a journey through your senses: from smells, to diet, to social media.

22 May

Leicester Prisons Research Network, Disciplinary Capital: Forensic Psychology, Expertise, and Penal Power

June 2019

3 June

The world of business on an Anthropocene Earth

This inaugural public lecture will focus on thought-provoking reflections on the politics of scientific, economic, social, cultural and artistic approaches to the Anthropocene.

Special guest: Professor Bruno Latour

4 June

'Anthropocene: The Human Epoch' premier and discussion panel

Join us for the UK premier of ‘Anthropocene: The Human Epoch’, a documentary critically engaging with the rapidly evolving issues of the current age, and analysing how human-driven activities surrounding capitalist, financial and industrial spheres are inextricably linked to the Earth system and affect the geological fabric.

A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is a four years in the making feature documentary film from the multiple-award winning team of Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky; script consulted by Professor Zalasiewicz and Professor Colin.

Panel discussion and refreshments following the screening.


August 2019


Royal Society Science Festival

  • Organised by: Mohammad Mousavi

September 2019


Landscaping workshop: Surveying mobility

Organised by: Mohammad Mousavi

October 2019

17 October

Artificial Intelligence and Work with confirmed speakers: Lina Dencik, Juan Grigera, Athina Karatzogianni, Alex Wood, Jamie Woodcock, and Xanthe Whittaker.

  • Date: 17th October
  • Location: TBC.
  • Organised by: Phoebe Moore, Yujie Chen, Torsten Geelan

Artificial Intelligence (AI) augmented tools and applications are becoming increasingly prevalent in contemporary workplaces and work is increasingly impacted by intensified forms of digitalisation. This conference focuses on where and how this is occurring and what is at stake for workers and the labour movement. Workplace decision-making has become increasingly digitalised, and the integration of AI enhanced technologies into human resources (HR) - via people analytics and interview filming, AI augmented robotics including collaborative robots (cobots) and chatbots, the uses of wearable technologies and assistive tablets on the production assembly line, and algorithmic processes in gig work - has created a range of new issues. Panels examine the empirics for where this happening, looking at the philosophical and ethical questions arising and the emergence of new forms of activism and worker representation to raise labour standards, as the employment relationship continues to transform at the behest of technological advances and management practices.

Crick Lectures

Crick Lectures

The Crick Lectures are open to researchers from Leicester through a collaboration formed as part of our Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (WTISSF).

The lectures are delivered by leading internationally-renowned scientists and aim to be relatively accessible to scientists in other disciplines, while also offering something for the specialist.

Crick Lectures typically take place on Thursdays at 4pm in the auditorium. The Francis Crick Institute is located directly opposite St Pancras Station, London, thus making seminar attendance a relatively easy possibility. We have funding through the ISSF to pay for standard class train travel to get you there and back, if you would otherwise struggle to cover the train fare; contact Anna Harding for further information: aijh1@le.ac.uk

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