At Lancaster University, IASMS was established in 2002 to provide a strong focal point for the trans- and post-disciplinary research work undertaken by scholars and researchers in the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Management School at Lancaster University. Overall 48% of social science and management studies staff are employed in departments ranked 5th in the last UK-wide Research Assessment Exercise and a further 42% are in 5-rated departments. The primary modus operandi of the Institute reflects the research style that has generated this outstanding international performance, namely, flexible research networks drawn from different disciplines across the social sciences and management studies and working on specific theoretical and substantive problems for a sustained period of time. Although it is a new research centre, the Institute for Advanced Social and Management Studies is able to build on the research expertise and resources of affiliated centres elsewhere at Lancaster University as well as the various social science and management studies departments of the University. Affiliated centres include the Institute for Entrepreneurship, North West Regional Research Laboratory (with its expertise in GIS), the Centre for Applied Statistics (with its expertise in qualitative and quantitative research methods), and the Employment Research Unit (currently focused on regional skills and training). From 2004, IASMS will be housed in a dedicated research centre and one of its activities will be to organize annual workshops of six to eight months' duration for scholars recruited from foreign institutions as well as from the United Kingdom on specific issues broadly related to the theme of the knowledge-based economy and learning society. If the DEMOLOGOS bid is successful, one of the future workshops could be tied to this research project. The primary research resource of the Institute is its local pool of internationally respected scholars committed to trans- and post-disciplinary research and it is therefore particularly well-qualified to contribute to Work-packages 1 and 2.


Resources to be deployed for implementation of DEMOLOGOS:

The DEMOLOGOS research team will comprise the Director of the IASMS, Professor Bob Jessop, who has at various times in his career been employed in departments of economics, history, geography, politics, and sociology, and has a long record of post-disciplinary scholarship and research. His primary role within the DEMOLOGOS project will be to contribute his expertise in the theoretical refinement of the project (i.e., Workpackages 1 and 2). The other senior researcher from the Institute who will be involved in the project is Professor Andrew Sayer, a post-disciplinary geographer and social theorist with broad expertise in moral economy, political economy, and the methodologies of critical realism. Our other nominated team member, as junior researcher, is Dr Ngai-Ling Sum, a scholar with a rich trans-disciplinary background and expertise in the technological and scalar dimensions of socioeconomic development in Hong Kong and "Greater China" (Southern China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan). Also a junior researcher will be appointed to assist Dr Sum and the Hong Kong colleagues with the case study. Partner 4 will also play an active role in the design of the case-study methodology (WP3).


Website: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fss/sociology/

Website 2: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fss/sociology/staff/jessop/jessop.htm




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