Interdisciplinary Research Forum

The forum builds upon a wide range of research activities at the University. It aims to explore common areas of interest which cut across narrow disciplinary, professional and geographical interests, thus laying the foundations for productive dialogue, exchange and cooperation. The forum will invite academic participants from across the University and PhD students. External participants and speakers will also be invited.


The Interdisciplinary Research Forum (IRF) aims to provide a focal point within the University for research concerning key contemporary societal trends and issues, based on London Met researcher areas of expertise (plus externals). The IRF will be strongly inter-disciplinary in its conception and will actively encourage participation from all areas of the humanities, social and natural sciences. Furthermore, it will place emphasis on the involvement of practitioner and policymaker audiences – through direct participation and knowledge exchange.

Key aims

  • To foster research co-operation between scholars working in London Met and other UK universities, facilitating the development of joint research projects, external bids for funding and publications;
  • To enable academics and postgraduates to engage in the exchange of ideas and form close networks, supported by regular workshop participation;
  • To promote active debate about real-life issues;
  • To explore the funding landscape;
  • To promote a networking environment and facilitate creation of new working groups;
  • To support early career researchers; 
  • To enhance the impact of LMU research.

Convened by Professor Svetlana Stephenson and Professor Gary McLean, events will be workshop-based and run on a bimonthly schedule, with a wide range of interdisciplinary topics up for discussion, such as vaccines, the antivaxx movement and public policy and public shaming.

Please join us for the first IRF event for 2020-21, in partnership with the Graduate School:

Academics and Pandemics - Thursday 24 September 4-6pm

Past events

Launch event: Public Shaming – the Interdisciplinary Research Forum Newsletter 1 gives a detailed account of the event. 

Varieties of Nationalism and Diaspora – read about it in the Interdisciplinary Research Forum Newsletter 2

Young People's Mental Health – find out more in the Interdisciplinary Research Forum Newsletter 3

Regenerating under-populated areas through participatory architecture, raising social capital and creating a "home" for refugees – the Interdisciplinary Research Forum Newsletter 4  covers the event in detail. 

Follow the Research and Postgraduate Office on Eventbrite for notifications of future IRF events. 

Groups of people chatting

For further information about the IRF, please contact: 

Svetlana Stephenson:
Gary McLean: