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Reproducibility, transparency, positionality? Perspectives from different research fields

April 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm



The word ‘reproducibility’ in UKRN’s name can prompt discussion and even concern that our vision, of a research system that promotes rigour and transparency, excludes some kinds of research. Certainly, many of UKRN’s origins lie in the so-called ‘reproducibility crisis’ in, for example, psychology. However, it seems clear that characteristics of research such as transparency in method and findings, and acknowledging and handling factors that might confound those findings, are common concerns related to rigour in many – if not all – research fields. In this webinar, speakers from arts practice, astronomy, psychology, and qualitative social sciences outline their perspectives on these questions, with the aim of highlighting both diversity and perhaps surprising commonalities. The webinar marks the release of a new UKRN working paper, based on a recent facilitated dialogue between arts practice and psychology researchers, sponsored by the British Psychological Society , the Practice Research Advisory Group, and UKRN.


  • Nick Fells (Practice Research Advisory Group) – Chair of PRAG-UK and Professor of Sonic Practice at the University of Glasgow. He is a practice researcher, creating artworks with computer-mediated sound, spatial audio processing, field recording and live sampling aiming to bring audiences and artists together in communal frames of listening.
  • Andy Tolmie (British Psychological Society) – Chair of Psychology and Human Development at UCL Institute of Education and Chair of the BPS Research Board. He is as developmental psychologist whose work focuses on the emergence of complex real-world cognition in contexts such as science learning, emotion regulation, collaborative problem-solving, and traffic behaviour.
  • Matthew Hanchard (University of Sheffield) – A Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield’s iHuman Institute. He is a science and technology studies (STS) scholar with interests in data, healthcare, social media, and novel research methodologies. He currently works for a Wellcome Trust funded project examining the politics of high cost treatments for rare disease.
  • Seb Oliver (University of Sussex) – Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor Research and Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Sussex. His research aims to understand how galaxies evolve over cosmological time, specialising in the hidden star formation that is obscured from conventional telescopes by cosmic dust.



April 18
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm