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Values and Value Unit (VAVU)

Values and Value Unit (VAVU)

Combining work on value and values to generate communication between topics, disciplines, theories and methods.

Department of Sociology

Pulling together work on value and values to generate communication between topics, disciplines, theories and methods.

This analysis will be extended to national and international networks. Part of the impetus for the units’ establishment is to map trajectories and understandings of capital value alongside methods of valuation and social values. The unit seeks to evolve existing and new methodological approaches to understand the relationship between values and value. The criteria for what constitutes a value or values will be drawn from what value/s do, can do or cannot. In this way, VAVU will serve to assist in the assessment and deployment of various kinds of engagement and impact that will include think tanks, EU research councils, digital media companies and faith groups.

The main activities of VAVU will be seminars, local and international networking, postgraduate support, international conferences and grant seeking. It will operate as an umbrella consortium to bring people together on a variety of projects. It has already begun collaborations on a large Australian Research Council grant.

VAVU is connected to the Values and Value ESRC Fellowship held by Professor Bev Skeggs and Professor Dan Neyland’s  Market-Based Initiatives as Solutions to Techno-Scientific Problems (MISTS), a 5 year ERC programme of research (2013-2018). Dr Monika Krause’s ‘Triaging Values’ ESRC project and British Academy award on Triaging Human Rights: How Human Rights NGOs allocate resources also form part of the unit’s team.

Other department centres will also be connected eg CSISP and Big Data connections.

PhD doctoral students whose work is centred on values and value are invited to join and host events. 

For more information on VAVU, please contact Bev Skeggs.

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