Previous Events

Space, Place and Social Justice in Education
One day international seminar


13th July 2012
This one day international research seminar was jointly sponsored by the Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI) at Manchester Metropolitan University, the European Education Research Association (EERA), the British Education Research Association (BERA) and the journal Ethnography and Education, and brought together a multi-disciplinary audience interested in exploring the issues of space, place and social justice in education. Participants had the opportunity to hear internationally acclaimed keynote speakers whose work is concerned with these questions and to take part in dialogue and discussion around presented papers. Those offering papers have their contributions considered for publication in a book-length edited collection to follow on from the event. The event was of particular interest to ethnographers and geographers of education.

International Conference – AECRICT 2012
Addressing Educational Challenges: the role of ICT


2nd - 5th July 2012
Education systems around the world face many challenges. Educators, parents and administrators frequently look to ICT for possible solutions but the complexity of most social and technical settings makes it difficult to determine appropriate courses of action. This conference provided an opportunity to explore how ICT can be used successfully to address some of the significant challenges that are faced by education systems.

Mainstreaming Co-operation: an alternative for the 21st century?


3rd - 5th July 2012
The Co-operative College, Manchester Metropolitan University, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool University, Edge Hill University and the University of Central Lancashire organised this major interdisciplinary conference, with support from the Co-operative.

Childhood Seminar Series Alternative Discourses of Childhood

    Seminar 1 - (De)territorialising the field - the focus and impact of government policy, educational research and practice.
    23rd June 2011 @ Manchester Metropolitan University
    Seminar 2 - Entangling the issues - theorising the issues of the child today.
    21st October 2011 @ Birbeck College, London
    Seminar 3 - Historical legacies: interdisciplinary concepts of objects, personhood and identity.
    18th January 2012 @ V&A Museum of Childhood
    Seminar 4 - Interdisciplinary ethical challenges - the 'state' of the society and world in which children are growing up.
    29th March 2012 @ University of Sheffield

Summer Institute in Qualitative Research: Putting Theory to Work


18th to the 22nd July 2011
The second international Summer Institute in Qualitative Research was held this summer. The first international Summer Institute provided the opportunity to learn about current trends in theory and methodology, in dialogue with leading theorists.

Mathematics Education and Contemporary Theory

17th-19th July 2011
This conference will explore the frontiers and possible futures of mathematics education through considering how theoretical resources enable alternative possibilities.

Creative School Ethos Dissemination Event

28th June 2011 at 4.00pm - 6.30pm
St Ambrose RC School, Shaftesbury Rd, Swinton, Manchester, Lancashire, M27 5SZ
Free workshop for teachers, school leaders, artists and anyone interested in school ethos, education and creativity.

‘Race’ in/equality in teacher education - working seminar

Wednesday 15th June 2011
A number of teacher educator colleagues in Manchester and Edinburgh have recently been interviewed for a research project looking at ‘race’ in/equality and social justice within initial teacher education programmes. The project, funded by ESCalate (the Higher Education Academy) is a collaboration between Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Edinburgh. We would like to invite you to participate in a working seminar to tease out the key themes of the project and help shape CPD resources, support materials and strategies to take forward ways of dealing with and embedding ‘race’ in/equality matters within initial teacher education programmes.

Education Futures: Leadership and Practice

17th May 2011
Free one day conference for leaders & practitioners in education to be held at the Open University, Miltin Keynes, from 10.00 - 16.30 followed by a drinks reception and book launch. Aimed at teachers, community educators, head teachers and other leaders and innovators involved in imagining futures-oriented provision, there will be a variety of workshops designed to explore what sorts of futures education may need to prepare for, what futures literacies might look within learning and teaching, and what kinds of changes to education institutions might be needed.

CAL Conference - Learning Futures: Education, Technology and Sustainability

13th-15th April 2011
CAL (Computer Assisted Learning) is one of the leading international conferences in the field of education and technology. It brings together researchers across all education sectors, from primary years, to informal learning, to higher education, and across a range of disciplines from psychology to computer science, media and cultural studies. For more details, including registration, visit the conference website

Summer Institute in Qualitative Research: Putting Theory to Work

19th - 23rd July 2010
The first international Summer Institute in Qualitative Research provided the opportunity to learn about current trends in theory and methodology, in dialogue with leading theorists.
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Theory and Methodology Workshop - Decolonising Methodologies

21 Sept 2009, 2.00-4.00 pm, Behrens 2.1
Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith visited ESRI 21-23 September to lead an informal seminar for staff and students and work with research students. We were also fortunate to have Professor Rodney Hopson join us on 21 September for the seminar. Together they led a discussion on issues around the production and use of local and indigenous knowledge, and the politics of research and evaluation. Linda Tuhiwai Smith is Pro-Vice Chancellor (Maori), and Professor of Education and Maori Development, University of Waikato, New Zealand. She has written extensively on the politics of research knowledge and post-colonial methodologies; her book "Decolonising Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples", received wide international attention and is used as a text across a range of social science disciplines. It has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Italian and Bhasa Indonesian. Rodney K. Hopson is Hillman Distinguished Professor, Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership in the School of Education, and faculty member in the Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research, Duquesne University, USA. His research interests include social politics and policies, sociolinguistics, ethnography, and evaluation. His research raises questions that address the differential impact of education and schooling on marginalized and under-represented groups and seeks solutions to social and educational conditions in the form of alternative paradigms, epistemologies, and methods.

The 9th Discourse Power Resistance Conference
Trust March 2010

The 8th Discourse Power Resistance Conference
Power and the Academy April 2009

The 7th Discourse Power Resistance Conference
Cultures in Resistance March 2008

ESRI at QI
Ian Stronach to be Keynote Speaker at the 2008 International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry

BERA Conference 2007

International Conference on Early Childhood
The 3 Rs Conference: Reviewing, Renegotiating and Reframing Early Childhood June 2007

Race, Ethnicity and Education
A seminar organised by the British Educational Research Association Special Interest Group held at the Education and Social Research Institute June 2007

Young People's Transitions: International Perspectives
A conference organised by the British Educational Research Association Special Interest Group in Postcompulsory and Lifelong Learning and the Education and Social Research Institute January 2007

The 6th Discourse Power Resistance Conference Talking Truth to Power March 2007

Critical Race Theory Seminar Critical Race Theory: what is it and how can it inform research and educational practice and pedagogy beyond the US? November 2006

The 5th Discourse Power Resistance Conference
Research as a Subversive Activity April 2006

ICARE Conference
The Social Practice of an Educational Research Community September 2005

Children and Adolescents as Language Brokers
A seminar series supported by the Economic & Social Research Council October 3003 - March 2005

Qualitative Research in Teaching and Learning: Quality, Innovation and Future Directions
A seminar series organised by ESRI in collaboration with the Research Capacity Building Network of the ESRC Teaching and Learning Research Programme December 2003 - February 2005

The Educational Future and Innovative Qualitative Research: International Perspectives
An international seminar organised by ESRI in collaboration with the Research Capacity Building Network of the ESRC Teaching and Learning Research Programme February 2005

Exploring Possible Developments for Research Methodology in the Social Sciences
An International Seminar September 2004