This section gives information on the events and conferences which take place as part of your programme.

SEED PGR Conference 2023-24

The SEED PGR conference forms a key part of the doctoral programme and is designed to give you the opportunity to present and gain feedback on your research from an interested audience.

The conference also gives you the opportunity to attend presentations and workshops delivered by some of the School’s leading researchers and external experts.

The conference takes place each year in May and is attended by SEED Research students, academic colleagues and Alumni members.

What's on in SEED

GDI Lecture: The politics of complaint: Digitalizing discontent, in Bangladesh and beyond

16:30 - 18:00 24 April 2024

The first quarter of the 21st century has seen so many mass protest movements that popular discontent barely registers any more. It may be no coincidence that digital platforms for registering discontent have simultaneously proliferated in tandem, from the ‘free speech’ platforms of social media to the highly constrained mechanisms for gri..

PIA (Power, Inequality, and Activism) Conference

12:00 - 16:00 24 April 2024

What is the conference and what does it involve? Developed through our PGRs, the PIA (Power, Inequality, and Activism) conference will be a space to explore, interrogate and question some key provocations (themes to provoke thought) related to our work. We would be delighted if others sign up to a provocation group - group participants will..

Sustainable Futures Seminar: Space & Sustainability | The RoundView

14:00 - 15:00 25 April 2024

On Thursday 25th April 2024, Sustainable Futures will be hosting our fourth 2024 Seminar in our monthly seminar series with Dr Joanne Tippett and John Mackintosh. Indicative Agenda 14:00 - 14:05 - Introductions and Welcome. 14:05 - 14:25 - John Mackintosh, PhD researcher in the space research group at The University of Manchester, will pres..

Building your career after a master’s at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

17:00 - 18:00 07 May 2024

WHAT? Are you doing or thinking of doing a master's degree with the Humanitarian & Conflict Response Institute (HCRI)? Join for an online chat with HCRI's Dr Antoine Burgard and three of our recent alumni about building your career after a master’s degree. WHO? Alumni guests include: Henry Birtle (MSc 2021), Operations Manager at HALO T..

GDI Webinar: AI for Social Good and the Corporate Capture of Global Development

13:00 - 14:00 09 May 2024

In this webinar, Gianluca Iazzolino will discuss his recently co-authored article focusing on the AI for Social Good (AI4SG) movement, which aims to leverage Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). It argues that, through AI4SG, Big Tech is attempting to adva..

Social Metabolism and Valuation Languages in the Atlas of Environmental Justice

16:30 - 18:00 15 May 2024

Join us for a lecture delivered by Joan Martinez-Alier, Emeritus Professor of Economics and Economic History, and senior researcher at ICTA UAB. Joan will discuss the Atlas of Environmental Justice (, of which he is a co-director, and his recent textbook exploring Global Comparative Political Ecology, Land, Water, Air and Freedom..

Centre for Digital Trust and Society Seed Corn Showcase

14:30 - 17:00 16 May 2024

The Centre for Digital Trust and Society (CDTS) is excited to present the CDTS Seed Corn Showcase. This event celebrates the groundbreaking achievements of the four research projects funded in our 2022-2023 Seed Corn Funding. What is the CDTS Seed Corn Funding? Each year, CDTS awards funding to cutting-edge research proposals that explore cr..

Good Governance in Nigeria: Rethinking Accountability and Transparency in the Twenty-First Century

16:00 - 17:30 20 May 2024

Book launch with Dr Portia Roelofs, King’s College London Political science has long claimed that African political systems are dysfunctional because they are too embedded in social and material relations. This assumption informed the rise of the World Bank’s good governance agenda in the late 1980s. This lecture and book launch situates..

GDI Webinar and Documentary Screening - 'Migrants: Joy, Rest & Celebration'

12:00 - 13:00 21 May 2024

Join us for a film screening of Sheril A. Bustaman’s Migrants: Joy, Rest & Celebration, a short film supported by the SEED Impact Fund and produced in collaboration with MIDEQ researchers – Dr Nadiah Ahmad (Monash), Prof Tanja Bastia (GDI) and Dr Matthew Walsham (GDI). The film looks at the activities of Nepali migrant workers in Kuala Lum..

Sustainable Futures Seminar: Plastics and Circular Economy in UK

14:00 - 15:00 30 May 2024

This event is open to both internals and externals to The University of Manchester On Thursday 30th May 2024, Sustainable Futures will be hosting our fifth 2024 Seminar in our monthly seminar series with Dr Adeyemi Adelekan, Prof. Maria Sharmina and Dr Craig Thomas from The University of Manchester. Indicative Agenda 14:00 - 14:05 - Introduc..

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