methods@manchester: research methods in the social sciences

methods@manchester: Resource Meetings


What resources are available?

These talks are held on Mondays from 1-2pm and focus on research and teaching and learning resources which are available at the University of Manchester for both graduate students and staff. The talks will be in the Humanities Bridgeford Street Basement Computer Lab, unless otherwise stated.


The Economic and Social Data Service – international time-series data

Celia Russell, Mimas

15 February 2010


ESDS International offers UK researchers free access to, and specialist support for, the databanks of some of the world's most prestigious and influential intergovernmental organisations, such as the Organisation for European Co-operation and Development (OECD), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. This talk will highlight the value of these datasets in research and teaching and will explain how data may be accessed. The talk will also include a brief overview of the international surveys available through the service.


The UK Census: Information Sources and Resources

Jo Wathan, CCSR and Justin Hayes, Mimas

8 March 2010

Audio recordings and slides

The ESRC Census Programme provides access to information from the 1971, 1981, 1991 and 2001 UK Censuses, and support for it's use. This talk will outline the range of census data and related resources available from the programme, and focus in particular on the aggregate statistics and the Samples of Anonymised Records (SARs) from the 1991 and 2001 Censuses. An update on plans for the 2011 Census will also be included.


The Economic and Social Data Service – large scale government datasets

Vanessa Higgins, CCSR

19 April 2010

Audio recording and slides

The large-scale government surveys, such as the General Household Survey and the Labour Force Survey, are key data resources for understanding population structure and change for the UK and its component countries. This talk will highlight the research and teaching value of these and other surveys such as the British Crime Survey and the Health Survey for England. Guides and analysis resources developed by the Economic and Social Data Service can be accessed via the ESDS web site.


Introducing Realities - the "quali bit" of the National Centre for Research Methods

Hazel Burke, Realities

Hanson Room, Humanities Bridgeford Street

17 May 2010


Realities is one of seven national 'nodes' of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods. It is developing methods (qualitative and mixed) to capture the combination of vital, tangible and intangible dynamics in real lives and relationships. This talk will highlight its programme of methodological training events and online resources for researchers.