What is Curating Research Findings in Digital Exhibition Format?


Bio: "Dr. Maggie Laidlaw Maggie Laidlaw is a Post-Doctoral Researcher within the Department of Economics in the Glasgow School of Business & Society at Glasgow Caledonian University. She is also Lead Curator with D.Rad and Module Leader & Lecturer in (PG) Applied Skills in Qualitative Research Methods within the GCU Graduate School. Maggie received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Edinburgh, and her M.Res from The Glasgow School of Art. Her Ph.D. scholarship was funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC). Maggie’s research interests focused predominately on gendered temporalities of belonging and civic participation, however more recent work examines the use of creative arts to explore inclusion and belonging across various communities. She is a trained ethnographer and experienced in creative and collaborative qualitative research methodologies. Maggie’s field of expertise cover: The Arts & Social Inclusion & Belonging, Temporalities of belonging, Temporalities of volunteering & community engagement, Sociology of Time, Gendered Temporalities, Norbert Elias’s We-I balance, Qualitative research methods: Arts-based research, Poetry, Innovative Research Methods, Co-production and collaborative research. In a voluntary capacity, Maggie is actively engaged with her local community, and experienced in leading community arts projects. maggie.laidlaw@gcu.ac.uk"

Unlike more traditional forms of research dissemination; which are often placed at an academic distance from a general public – and hidden away behind expensive paywalls - one reason for the success of curating research findings in exhibition and event format; could be that the research data is displayed in a much more digestible and visually appealing manner. This presentation of different voices in different formats shines a spotlight on the process of academic and creative engagement with the public in a way that can create an emotional attachment which makes the audience care and pay attention to the issues being discussed.This session discusses the curatorial tools and procedures to provide research dissemination; participation and replicability from a social and cultural policy perspective; while also providing an awareness raising platform for the community that maximize impacts during the lifetime of a project and beyond.