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Invited Speaker

Tristan Claridge

Principal Consultant Social Capital Research & Training

Certificate of attendance available

The webinar will be held twice – at 8am UTC and 8pm UTC on Friday, April 8th, 2022 – to make it accessible to people in different time zones.

This webinar will explore the differences between the main conceptual approaches to social capital and their theoretical foundations. Social capital has a variety of different meanings, and this tends to create confusion, with the same term meaning different things. Several authors have attempted to categorise the different conceptual approaches, such as the network, normative, and resource approaches. This is helpful; however, the approach adopted by any specific research project often does not fit neatly into these categories, and it is not clear how different aspects of different approaches relate to each other.

Tristan will outline a typology designed to improve our understanding of the relationships between the different conceptual approaches to social capital. The typology attempts to clarify what social capital is and aims to separate its source from its form and outcomes. This allows us to consider how different conceptual approaches to social capital focus on different aspects of the proposition that “relationships matter”. It may help us better understand the theoretical foundations of different approaches, the causal relationships involved, and what research questions each approach is best suited to explore. The typology also highlights what is missing and helps us consider the assumptions embedded in different approaches such that we have the opportunity to improve the quality of our research involving social capital. This webinar aims to help clarify the meaning and approaches to social capital, provoke new ideas, and engage researchers from different conceptual approaches in discussions about the similarities and differences.


About the presenter:

Tristan Claridge has been researching and applying social capital for over 20 years. Tristan is a geographer and environmental scientist with a passion for social processes and how social value is identified and communicated. Tristan has a deep and grounded understanding of social capital and its application, having worked on the concept from both the theoretical and practical perspectives. He draws on lessons of economics, sociology, political science, psychology, urban planning, and any other discipline that contributes understanding to the concept. In addition to his practical work with the concept, Tristan has been an active contributor to the academic debate about social capital. He is the convenor of the Social Capital Research group which has over 1000 members from over 140 countries. He has written over 200 open access articles on social capital and related topics and is actively engaged in ongoing research.


About Our Webinar Series

This event is part of our regular webinar sessions for social capital researchers including PhD/master students. These sessions include invited presentations from prominent scholars as well as presentations by PhD students and experts in professional practice.

For social capital researchers, these sessions are an opportunity to hear about the latest social capital research and insights from scholars working on the concept. They can be a great way to connect with people, to get advice, discuss ideas or issues, get suggestions for literature to read, or you can just listen.

Are you researching social capital and want to present your research? Click here for more information and to submit a proposal.

Generally, presentations can be 20 to 30 mins. The content of your presentation will depend on your research stage.

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