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22 January 2014

Scottish Social Attitudes 2013: The Referendum - What Scotland Thinks So Far

Holyrood

ScotCen Social Research and What Scotland Thinks are kicking off the New Year with a major conference on Scotland’s independence referendum.

Overview

ScotCen / NatCen Social Research and What Scotland Thinks are kicking off the New Year with a major conference on Scotland’s independence referendum. Chaired by BBC Scotland’s Political Editor Brian Taylor, the all day event on 22 January will consider how well the key issues have been identified and addressed, how effective the two campaigns have been at advancing their respective causes, and what the public have made of the arguments so far. 

Summary of sessions

The conference will be of interest to anyone who needs to understand how (and why) Scotland might vote on referendum day in September 2014. It will take place at Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh and proceedings will begin on 22 January at 0930 for 1000 and finish at 1600.

The conference is being held in collaboration with the ESRC's Future of UK and Scotland initiative.

Registration

To register (cost £50 / concessions £30) please click here.  Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Schedule

0930 Registration

1000 Welcome - Brian Taylor (BBC)

1005 Introduction to Scottish Social Attitudes – Simon Anderson (ScotCen)

1010 The Future of the UK and Scotland Initiative – Charlie Jeffrey (ESRC/Edinburgh Univ.)

1020 The Score at Half-Time: Trends in Support for Independence - John Curtice (ScotCen)

1105 Coffee

1125 The Undecideds: Don’t Care or Deeply Conflicted - Jan Eichhorn (Edinburgh Univ.)

1210 The independence debate: Currency, debt, taxes and spending - David Bell (Stirling Univ.)

1245 Lunch and WhatScotlandThinks demo - Annie Wild (ScotCen)

1330 Campaign Judgement: Alan Cochrane (Telegraph), George Kerevan (Scotsman), Hamish Macdonell, Iain MacWhirter (Herald)

1415 A partnership of equals? Exploring prospects for Scottish-UK relations after independence - Nicola McEwen (Edinburgh Univ.)

1450 Break

1500 Is it really all just about economics? Issues of nationhood and welfare  - John Curtice (ScotCen)

1545 Reflections from the day - Penny Young (NatCen)

1600 Close

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