'The researcher and the researched - an ever-changing relationship' - SRA 40th lecture (Edinburgh)


To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Social Research Association, SRA Scotland is hosting a free evening seminar - 'The researcher and the researched - an ever-changing relationship'.

Audrey MacDougall (Chief Researcher of the Scottish Government and Head of Communities Analysis Division) will be speaking, along with a number of panellists from across social research: Emily Gray, Managing Director, Ipsos MORI, Paul Bradshaw, Director, Scottish Centre for Social Research and Rachel Baker, Professor of Health Economics/Director, Glasgow Caledonian University.

The presentation will be followed by an interactive discussion with our panellists and audience members. The seminar will be chaired by Cristina Iannelli, Professor of Education and Social Stratification, University of Edinburgh.

Date:  Thursday 23 May 2019

Venue:  Apex Waterloo Place Hotel, 23-27 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3BG

5.00 pm Registration
5.15 pm Welcome and introduction
5.20 pm Anniversary lecture
5.50 pm Panel discussion and Q&A
6.30 pm Drinks reception
7:00 pm Event ends


Social research places a very special emphasis on the relationship between those undertaking research and those who are the ‘researched’. Issues of identity, power, trust and boundaries all combine to create a complex set of issues for both parties to navigate, and to arrive at a mutually satisfactory position.

As social research has evolved, particularly in an environment of evidence informed policy and practice, so this relationship has changed and adopted many different forms. What does this mean for how researchers undertake their work, the skills they need, ethical dilemmas and how they shape their identity? What does it mean for those who are not professional social researchers? Audrey MacDougall (Chief Researcher of the Scottish Government and Head of Communities Analysis Division) will discuss how social research has evolved in the past and is continuing to evolve to meet new contexts, approaches and challenges arising from this very important relationship.

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