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The Research, Publications and Scholarship Committee was set up by the Board of the Faculty for Social Wellbeing in 2012, when the Faculty itself was established, under the chairship of Professor Angela Abela. In February 2016, Faculty Board appointed a new chair - Dr Anne-Marie Callus.

 The members of the committee are:

  • Dr Albert Bell
  • Dr Anne-Marie Callus
  • Ms Claire Casha
  • Dr Maureen Cole (ex-officio member)
  • Dr Ruth Falzon
  • Dr Gisella Orsini
  • Dr Marta Sant
  • Dr Sue Vella

The aims of the committee are: 

  • to create an environment where the culture for research, publications and scholarship within the Faculty can grow;
  • to provide opportunities for Faculty members to work together on interdisciplinary research projects;
  • to showcase research that is currently being carried out by Faculty members and enable them to disseminate the results of their research;
  • to provide opportunities for further enhancement of research-related skills.

Since its inception in 2012, the Research, Publications and Scholarship Committee has carried out several initiatives in line with these aims.



The following are on-going activities:

  • The Brown-Bag Seminar Series in which academics, within the Faculty for Social Wellbeing present their research and discuss it with the audience which is comprised of fellow academics, students and various stakeholders

  • "CONNECT", a radio programme on CampusFM that is an offshoot of the brown-bag seminar series and which presents further discussion on the research presented in these seminars. "Connect" which is anchored by Dr Albert Bell, airs every Wednesday at 10:00am with a repeat on Saturday at 12:00pm. Podcasts of the series can be downloaded from the CampusFM website.

  • The Writing Group that holds regular meetings with the aim of:
    • empowering researchers to publish either individually or together
    • providing the space for review and evaluation of works in progress
    • supporting one another in the research and publication process
The Writing Group is coordinated by Dr Claudia Psaila. Following two meetings held on the principles of Action Learning during the academic year 2015-2016, another meeting was held in November 2016 focusing on "The Nuts and Bolts of Getting Published", with presentations by Prof. Marilyn Clark and Dr Anne-Marie Callus. Academics within the Faculty for Social Wellbeing are now encouraged to from Action Learning Sets as a means of providing on-going support for each other, in the process of conducting and writing-up research and getting published.


The Research, Publications and Scholarship Committee has also held the following events:
  •  A three-day workshop on Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was held in January 2017, led by Dr Rachel Shaw from Aston University in Birmingham. Each day of the workshop had a different focus namely:
    • Introduction to Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
    • Advanced Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
    • Training the Trainers: Supervising Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Work.


  • Following this successful event, another three-day workshop was held in June 2018, led again by Dr Rachel Shaw.

  •  A Writing Workshop, led by Dr Renee Singh, co-director of the Tavistock Family Therapy and Systematic Research Centre in London, was held in November 2015. This workshop was held to provide advice and guidance, especially for early-career researchers within the Faculty.

  • A Staff Seminar was held in May 2014, to bring together academics within the Faculty for Social Wellbeing to discuss issues related to conducting research and working on publications.

 Information about other initiatives will be uploaded as soon as it becomes available.

 The committee can be contacted by e-mail on 

Last Updated: 11 October 2018

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