Knowledge beyond boundaries

An interdisciplinary student research conference

Share work you’ve completed as part of your degree programme, try out new ideas in front of a diverse audience, or collaborate with other students to investigate a research question together

The second annual LSE interdisciplinary student research conference took place on Thursday 16 June, 10am-7pm (BST) during LSE Festival. The programme (PDF) is available here. 

Video recordings of the presentations and a poster gallery will be uplaoded in due course.

This year’s conference drew on the 2022 LSE Festival theme: how do we get to a post-COVID world? The conference showcased social science research from LSE students and recent alumni and considered how we make the big ideas of life after the pandemic a reality, and explored the practical steps we might take to get there.

The conference is a space to interrogate how we approach research questions, create and disseminate knowledge, and break down barriers between different social science disciplines. It is a friendly and inclusive space to hear LSE students and recent alumni share research from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, with an emphasis on projects that cross disciplinary boundaries, challenge existing paradigms, and apply new approaches and methods to re-envision what social science research looks like.

View the programme (PDF) now

The full draft programme is listed below.

Registration and welcome keynote - 9.30-11am

In-person registration - 9.30-10am

First Floor, Marshall Building (MAR)

Welcome and opening keynote panel - 10-11am

Room: MAR 1.10

  • Dr Mark E. Allinson - Director of Student Experience, LSE
  • Dr Chris Blunt - Assistant Professorial Lecturer and Co-Director of LSE100, LSE
  • Dr Jillian Terry - Assistant Professorial Lecturer and Co-Director of LSE100, LSE.

Parallel panel sessions (I) - 11.15am-12.30pm

a) Poster flash talks: aspects of social science

Room: MAR 2.04

  • Stumbles towards endemicity: exploring the impact of gender gaps in transitionstowards endemicity in the UK, South Korea and Malaysia - Hyo Ju Lee and Anis Farid
  • Collaborating on an incomplete history of research ethics - Ismael Kherroub i Garcí
  • Tracking the spread of COVID-19 misinformation on Twitter - Marya Shariq and Grace Oswald
  • Retaining a post-COVID health force - Marlize Van Sittert
  • Digitalisation – blessing or curse for fieldwork? - Swaantje Marten
  • Can a plant-based default reduce the consumption of dairy milk in cafeterias? A field experiment - Giovanni Fabris
  • Who am I? The single woman solo dweller’s experience of general self-conceptduring the pandemic - Rani Chatrath.

b) AI, surveillance and data 

Room: MAR 2.08

  • How might a different social order be built in post-COVID-19 less reliant on data? - Kedi Zhou
  • In the era of mass supervision: stigma, dispossession, and resistance - Kendra Mills
  • A TFL without delays? Making the impossible, possible in a post-COVID world - Derek Qu
  • How to remove bias and political polarisation under AI surveillance capitalism in social media - Wilburt Wang, Angelina Pang, Will Nutbrown and Lucheng Xie
  • Artificial intelligence in facial recognition – problems and proposals - Iyad Mohamed.

c) Information, influence and political discourse 

Room: MAR 2.10

  • Against epistemic trespassing - Roan Chavez
  • What the pandemic revealed about news reporting & disinformation? A case for empathy-building journalism - Nabeel Khan
  • The political costs of failing to deliver – productivity and right-wing voting - Avram Liebenau
  • Judicial transparency and open justice: opportunities and challenges - Pablo Hilaire Chaneton
  • Say ‘watt’? Challenging the discursive hegemony of British energy transition narratives - Antonia Tjin-Lei Syn.

d) Film screening: Visual International Politics

Room: MAR 1.10

Lunch - 12.30-1.30pm

Lunch buffet available outside MAR 1.10.

Parallel panel sessions (II) - 1.30-2.45pm

a) The future of work

Room: 2.04

  • Exploring the impact of remote working on organizational culture during COVID-19: a qualitative study of the ‘Intercontinental Hotel Group’ (IHG) in Singapore - Havishyan Thakral
  • Exploring remote working experiences among working parents in post-COVID-19 Britain - Chen-Ta Sung
  • Effect of stringent COVID regulations on female labor share - Anushka Srivastava
  • What works when you work from home – lessons from the pandemic - Alexandra Kirienko
  • Why do migrant workers in Singapore experience health disparities during COVID-19? - Nicholas Nghai.

b) Social transformation, welfare and change 

Room: 2.08

  • The Brave New World – Gaia cleavage - Matteo Pavesi
  • Social protection and investments in welfare for a post-COVID world - Bhuvan Majmudar
  • A constitutional framework for the post-COVID world - Travis Bean
  • 100 seconds to midnight - Soffia Baragar
  • Just one name - Nancy Nai-Huei Lu.

c) Education and inclusion

Room: 2.10

  • “They don’t have to say it for me to know”: exploring post COVID-19 parental love in Indian families - Devyani Mahajan
  • Reconciling the colonial past and present to build a de-colonial future at LSE - Zoya Zia
  • Peer support and mental health done the right way - Sia Sha and Oli Chaplin
  • Understanding student experiences off-campus in a post-pandemic world – an LSE Change Makers research project - Needa Khan
  • Foreigners and us’: Meaning-making of COVID-19 prevention among Chinese international students - Yiwen Wu.

Breaks and afternoon keynote - 2.45-4pm

Break - 2.45-3pm

Afternoon keynote - 3-4pm

Room: MAR 1.10

  • How to Solve Wicked Problems - Dr Paul Hanstedt, Director of the Houston H. Harte Center for Teaching & Learning Washington and Lee University (Lexington, VA, USA).

Break - 4-4.15pm

Parallel panel sessions (III) - 4.15-5.30pm

a) Illness, wellbeing and experience 

Room: MAR 2.04

  • Transformative choices and illness - Iwan Raats
  • Facing the final death: epidemics and religious change in the Deacon archives - Edvald Johnsen
  • Isolation is the new reality - Maria Golub
  • AccessArt - Devon Ostrom
  • Bodies in difference: policy, programs and people in the UAE’s disability landscape - Hafsa Ahmed.

b) Health, policy and recovery

Room: MAR 2.08

  • Medicaid eligibility & mortality: evidence from the Affordable Care Act - Wilson King
  • The light of the dawn: how vaccination is navigating the recovery of economy in the pandemic period - Jiewei Li
  • A state-centric governance perspective of policy responses to COVID-19 in the Caribbean - Jochelle Greaves Siew
  • Implications of anti-ICT controversies for science communication: a case of the UK’s biggest anti-Covidpass campaign - Zichen Hu.

c) Power and position in international contexts 

Room: MAR 2.10

  • A ‘mission civilisatrice’ for the 21st century: history, demography and ‘obscurantism’ in French presidential discourse on sub-Saharan Africa - Joss Harrison
  • China and the United States since 1949 - Rosalie Röchert
  • How child disempowerment precipitates gendered oppression - Henry J. Lowe
  • A comparative discourse analysis for the use of fear in French and American rightwing populist discourses - Josephine Aulnois
  • Dis/locating empire: the hidden curriculum and imperial logics of transnational migration - Avani Ashtekar.

Closing reception and poster gallery - 5.30-6.30pm

Come along to the first floor of the Marshall Building to browse the poster gallery and a closing reception. 


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