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Founded in 2016, the Biosocial Research Lab is housed within the Educational and Social Research Institute (ESRI) at Manchester Metropolitan University's Birley campus. The Lab provides an open space for transdisciplinary collaboration and innovation in response to rapidly changing social and material conditions of contemporary life. We pursue novel theoretical and methodological approaches to the social sciences, drawing on fields such as speculative philosophy, affective computing, science and technology studies, sensory ethnography, immersive arts and media, adaptive architecture, sensor technologies, and critical life studies. Our combined focus on the biosocialities of learning and behaviour is underpinned by a rigorous commitment to bio-ethics that is responsive to social, technological, and environmental change.
The Biosocial Research Lab draws together a diverse group of researchers, artists, scientists, educators, and practitioners from a wide array of disciplinary fields. The Lab is co-directed by Prof. Maggie MacLure, Prof. Elizabeth de Freitas, and Dr. David Rousell, who comprise a core team of interdisciplinary researchers specialising in critical and creative approaches to the study of learning and behaviour. Together they contribute a range of experience and expertise to the Lab's core vision and operations, including specialisations in language and literacy; science, technology and mathematics education; critical posthumanist philosophy; ecological aesthetics; contemporary art practice and research-creation. Affiliated members of the Lab include leading educational researchers, scientists, and artists located both within the UK and internationally, as well as a core group of PhD students currently pursing innovative research directions within the Lab's key research areas.
The Lab also holds a regular series of biosocial research seminars, reading groups, and collaboratories that bring together speakers and participants to address the emerging intersections between the life sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Our emphasis on transdisciplinary and collaborative approaches is driven by the changing nature of life in the 21st century, and the need to develop new understandings of learning and behaviour that are responsive to these changing conditions.