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'Brown Bag' Social Science Seminars


A Social Science seminar series

Start Date

27 Sep 2019 12:00 pm

End Date

27 Sep 2019 1:00 pm


Mick Townsley Rm 506, Social Sciences Bldg, Sandy Bay campus

RSVP / Contact

No RSVP required. Enquiries to

Via video link to Rm L172, School of Social Sciences, Newnham campus, and Rm A119, Cradle Coast campus.

'Brown Bag' is a series of lunchtime seminars held at the University of Tasmania. Hosted by Professor Can Seng Ooi (Cultural and Heritage Tourism, School of Social Sciences), Dr Susan Banks, (Senior research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Social Change) and Gerry Smith (PhD candidate, School of Social Sciences), it is a friendly space where academics may present their research to their colleagues and friends, and engage one another in cross-disciplinary discussions. The seminars are open to everyone, including from outside the School of Social Sciences.

For more information and to keep up to date with the latest announcements, join the Brown Bag Facebook group

"Stakeholder Engagement: An Inclusive Methodology in Social Research" presented by Professor Heidi Dahles

In recent years, academics have come to engage in more social and process-oriented approaches in knowledge creation. It has become good practice in social research to extensively consult with stakeholders for the purpose of data collection and the dissemination and implementation of findings. However, comprehensive engagement with multiple stakeholders that includes the co-creation of research questions and research design, is still rare in academic studies. Currently, the practice of ‘engaged scholarship’ - advocated in the 1990s for the purpose of creating partnerships between community organisations, policy-makers, and academic groups for addressing critical social and environmental problems - is being revitalised. Likewise ‘co-creation’ has become a new buzzword in management and marketing implying a collaborative strategy in order to jointly produce a mutually valued outcome.

Based on her longitudinal studies of local development in Southeast Asia, Heidi Dahles will discuss various practices of multi-stakeholder engagement in terms of the opportunities and challenges they offer for a more inclusive and relevant methodology in social research. Awareness will be raised that issues of power, agency, resistance and empowerment inform stakeholder collaborations.

Heidi Dahles (MSc & PhD, Radboud University, Netherlands) is adjunct professor at the Griffith Institute for Tourism (GIFT), Gold Coast, and visiting professor at the Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI), Phnom Penh. Prior to these appointments, she held academic leadership positions at Griffith Business School (Brisbane) and VU University Amsterdam (Netherlands). Her research interest is in local livelihoods, resilience and social enterprise, in particular in the tourism industry, in Southeast Asia.

This free seminar series is presented by the School of Social Sciences and the Institute for the Study of Social Change. All welcome. Feel free to bring your lunch.