Inaugural Lectures

All new professors, whether they have been internally promoted or appointed externally, are given the opportunity to give an inaugural lecture. The Department's Inaugural Lecture series provides an opportunity to celebrate these achievements with each lecture representing a significant milestone in an academic's career.

Professor Stephen Pinfield gives his inaugural lecture on the 9th November.


Open Access in Theory and Practice


Open access is becoming an increasingly important part of the research communication environment. Governments, funders, institutions and others are coming to expect researchers to make their publications available in an open access form. This lecture will take a look at the latest developments in the field of open access, including ongoing policy development, changing business and funding models, differing disciplinary responses, increasing market complexity, and the shifting roles of different stakeholders (researchers, publishers, librarians, managers and the general public). It will also consider possible futures for open access in the context of the wider ‘Open Science’ movement. In particular, the role and the value of theory in enabling greater understanding of the open-access phenomenon and informing practice will be discussed. The interaction between theory and practice (and theorists and practitioners) in many areas of the Social Sciences is not always a straightforward one. This lecture will consider the theory-practice relationship in the particular context of open access to see what it can tell us both about open access itself and also the wider question of the relationship between theory and practice.

Location and time

Diamond Building LT05, 5pm Wednesday 9 November 2016

Followed by drinks reception in the ICOSS reception.