Public Sociology Colloquium





Public Sociology is underpinned by a value driven approach centred upon social justice and encourages sociological knowledge driven by engagement between key publics and academic researchers, involved in social justice issues. This includes communities, campaigning organisations, trade unions, NGOs and policy-makers at local, national and international level. Public Sociology, at QMU welcomes broad engagement with broader publics beyond academia.


1. To facilitate collaborative research primarily through engagement between academic researchers and communities involved in social justice issues,

2. To develop concrete practice, pedagogical and policy recommendations, to improve people’s lives locally, nationally and internationally.

3. In recognition of the power of communication within networked societies, the Public Sociology Research Group engages in dialogue to influence public discourse with policy makers in industry, public sector and third sector organisations at local, national and international level.

This colloquium brings together vital and current contributions to public sociology from across a local national and international field.

If you would like further information or to discuss the work of the PSRG group please contact,

Marion Ellison: Coordinator: Public Sociology Research Group at



  • Programme



Public Sociology Colloquium:

November 7th 2018

QMU Conference Centre


Conference Programme


09.30:             Welcome and Introduction:

Professor Brigid Daniel: Dean: School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management


09.45:             Dedication to Joyce Canaan


10.00:             Plenary Presentation: Professor Peter Rule, University of Stellenbosch

‘Transforming the commons: Dialogic space and learning for social change’

                        (Chair: Olivia Sagan)


10.45:             Coffee and Refreshments, posters


11.00:             Themed Section One Critical Community Engagement

                        Chair: Marion Ellison


Participation, action and exhaustion:

The highs and low of Mad Studies research

Elaine Ballantyne


Feasibility of Governmental Food/Health Policy in the real world or context of real world challenges

Mhairi Barrett



12.00:              break


12.15:              Themed Section Two Populism and Democracy

                        Chair: Marion Ellison


Democracy, Liberalism and Populism as Current Issues for Public Discourse

Peter Falconer


Populism and education for democracy

Jim Crowther, Callum McGregor and Margaret Petrie


13.00:             Lunch and posters



13.40:           Themed Section Three Public Sociology Education

                      Chair Maddie Breeze


Panel discussion: Lena Wånggren, Jan Law, Jim Crowther

Discussion of book forthcoming Public Sociology Education (Breeze and Scandrett) in Policy Press Public Sociology series


15.00:             Coffee Break          


15.15:              Themed Section Four Universities and Publics

                        Chair Eurig Scandrett


STEKA Dialogues

Emma Wood

Social Transformation through Occupation

Sarah Kantartzis

ESTE student transitions project

Marion Ellison


16.30:             Open Discussion Advancing Public Sociology

Provocateur Eurig Scandrett

Chair Marion Ellison


17:15:           Close


17.30:             Symposium

Evening Reception: Drinks and light snacks




Conferences and Events Enquiries

If you have an Event/Conference enquiry, one of our team will contact you as soon as possible.

We aim to respond to all enquiries within one full working day of receipt.

Show Contacts

Conferences and Events Enquiries

Conferences and Events Team
0131 474 0000

Event Details

Location Queen Margaret University Campus Queen Margaret University Drive Musselburgh EH21 6UU
Date & Time Start 07 November 2018
9:30am End 07 November 2018
Cost There is no cost to attend this event