ISRF Fellows & Projects
The foundation has made a number of awards, ranging from small group projects to 1-year fellowships and multi-year projects. Click Here for more information about our competitive funding streams.
Early Career Fellows
Awarded to full- or part-time academics within 10 years of PhD – More Info
Awarded to full- or part-time academics at least 10 years post-PhD – More Info
Political Economy Fellows
Awarded to full- or part-time academics – More Info
Independent Scholar Fellows
Awarded to scholars working outside of academia – More Info
Small Group Projects
Awarded to groups of 2-10 scholars providing flexible support for the activities of the research group – More Info
Residential Research Groups
A pilot programme of short, intensive residential research projects
Interdisciplinary Editor at The Conversation
APRIL 2017 –
From April 2017, Josephine Lethbridge will be The Conversation’s Interdisciplinary Editor, funded by the ISRF. Josephine’s role will include working with scholars at The Conversation’s member universities, as well as past and present Fellows of the ISRF, to bring interdisciplinary social research to millions of readers worldwide. Josephine will encourage researchers to write short newsworthy articles, working with them to produce pieces with journalistic flair but no loss of academic rigour. The ISRF hope that, by promoting interdisciplinarity through this partnership with The Conversation, the usefulness of interdisciplinary approaches will reach broader audiences, and that knowledge of such work will spread beyond the confines of academia.
Any ISRF Fellows wishing to pitch an idea for an article to Josephine, or simply interested in knowing more, should contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘ECONOMICS &…’ WORKSHOP SERIES
Goldsmiths, University of London
MAY 2017 –
Beginning with a two day workshop – Economics and Anthropology: The Firm in the Modern Economy – in January 2018, the ISRF intends to support a series of annual workshops with the aim of bringing economists and other social scientists, to facilitate new conversations and the development of common vocabularies.
CRASSH, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
SEPTEMBER 2015 – AUGUST 2018
This Limits of the Numerical project explores one of the most pressing sets of questions for modern social science and its relation to policy. What are the effects on a system of social policy when numerical quantification and evaluation is introduced into that system? How does the use of numerical evaluation exclude, trivialize or distort other systems of political, moral and social evaluation? What are the political and moral consequences of this shift towards numerical evaluation? These questions are addressed with respect to three distinct strands of social policy — education, climate change and healthcare — three areas where social science, policy and the gritty world of politics interact with intense urgency.
Economics: Past, Present and Future. An Interview Project
Goldsmiths, University of London
JULY 2016 – JUNE 2017
A pilot project – led by Dr Ivano Cardinale & Dr Constantinos Repapis, with technical support from Dr Ricardo Leizaola – investigating how one might re-orient economics, featuring interviews with celebrated economists who have articulated a clear view of what is wrong with the subject and how we can change it. The basic outcome of this project is to provide non-technical and easy access material to students and the wider public that are interested in discourses of the economy which we find to have merit but are marginalised in the current public discussion.
Previous ISRF-Funded Projects
Centre for Social Ontology - EPFL
Centre for Social Ontology
ÉCOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE | JANUARY 2011 – DECEMBER 2013
The Centre for Social Ontology was based in the College of Humanities at EPFL, its central focus being the Morphogenetic Project. The project’s main theoretical aim was to conceptualize a nascent but unique transformation of the social order towards ‘Morphogenesis Unbound’.
Centre for Social Ontology - University of Warwick
UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK | JANUARY 2014 – DECEMBER 2016
The Centre for Social Ontology (CSO) was established in 2011 at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where Professor Margaret Archer was ISRF Chair in Social Theory 2011-2013. Now based in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick, its main focus is the Morphogenetic Project.
Digital Social Science Forum
DIGITAL SOCIAL SCIENCE FORUM
The Digital Social Science Forum brought together innovative figures, working at the cutting edge of research in their own fields, in order to develop an interdisciplinary space within which the Digital Social Sciences could thrive.
Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory
Professorial Research Fellowship - University of Cambridge
Professorial Research Fellowship
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE | OCTOBER 2011 – SEPTEMBER 2014
The research programme was intended to generate a book and papers on a range of topics as well as to support participation in workshops and networks.
Revisiting the Unconscious Defences Against Anxiety Thesis
PSYCHOANALYSIS OF ORGANISATIONS WORKSHOP
ST JOHN’S COLLEGE, OXFORD | 16-17 SEPTEMBER 2013
The workshop was jointly organised by Professor Paul Tod, Tutorial Fellow in Mathematics; Dr Louise Braddock of Girton College, Cambridge and the Independent Social Research Foundation; Dr David Armstrong, Principal Consultant at Tavistock Consulting, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust; and Professor Michael Rustin, Professor of Sociology at the University of East London, Visiting Professor at the Tavistock Clinic, and Associate of the British Psychoanalytic Society.
Sociology and Psychoanalysis: The Unfilled Promise
UCL Institute of Education
11-12 November 2016
“Over the course of this conference we will explore the presence of psychoanalysis within the history of sociology, reflect on earlier attempts to bring about the much delayed rapprochement between the disciplines, investigate the continued ‘application’ of psychoanalysis within the field of sociological enquiry, and consider what the two disciplines might learn from each other today. How does psychoanalysis, attending to the unconscious fantasy life of the individual, move beyond the realm of private interests? Conversely, how does sociology reflect on the operation of the unconscious? What forms of psychoanalysis are sustainable in different socio-political climates? And how can a psychoanalytic sociology enhance our understanding of contemporary society.
Bringing together international scholars and practioners of sociology and psychoanalysis, our goal will be to explore the terms of a future psychoanalytic sociology and sociologically informed psychoanalysis.”
Keynote Speaker: Professor Jessica Benjamin, New York University
Location: Institute of Education, University College London (20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL)