ARVAC Annual Conference and AGM 2017 – 6th February 2018

We’re excited to be holding our AGM and annual conference on the 6th February in London and very much hope you can join us. Please see below for practical details about the event, our line-up of speakers, and how you can book your place. 

How to book: Please sign-up at via the Eventbrite booking

AGM: 13.30 – 14.00 (download the AGM Notice and Nomination Form here)

Annual conference: 14.00 – 16.30 (see information on speakers below)

Venue: CAN Mezzanine, 7-14 Great Dover Street, London (in order to gain access to the venue on the day you will need to have booked in advance). 

Cost: The AGM and annual conference are free to ARVAC members. Non members can attend the conference for £25 (only ARVAC members are eligible to attend the AGM), but it is free to join ARVAC – just go to the website and click ‘join’ and fill in a few details:

Keynote Speakers
Nick Mahony, Raymond Williams Foundation
Paula Black, Nottingham Civic Exchange

Nick Mahony: Renovating the public realm in an age of angry publics
Against the backdrop of ever-hardening austerity and a growing wave of populism, this presentation will briefly highlight three key issues that all those looking to help progressively renovate the public realm will need to address and negotiate in the months and years ahead.

Nick is a Researcher, Public Engagement Advisor, Compass Associate and the Administrator (coordinator) of the Raymond Williams Foundation. His expertise is in public engagement and participatory democracy. Nick seeks to combine scholarship, consciousness-raising and practice-based activities where-ever this is possible.

Paula Black: Putting Democracy and engagement in university research
Universities operate within a context of governance requirements and incentive structures around, for example, teaching, research, widening access and student experience. They are also to a greater or lesser extent rooted in their local communities and geographical region. How does a modern university navigate this territory and place democracy and engagement at the heart of its activities? What are the barriers and supporting mechanisms which enable research to be democratic? And why should the university make this a strategic priority? This presentation will examine these issues, drawing on the example of Nottingham Civic Exchange.

Paula became Director of Nottingham Civic Exchange in September 2016. She has a professional background as an academic and has taught Sociology at the Universities of Sussex, Manchester and Derby. She has also worked as a researcher, as a senior manager in Local Government and, prior to joining Nottingham Civic Exchange, she was Director of Research at the New Economics Foundation think tank.