Methodological innovations to meet 21st Century societal challenges

Registration is now open for this joint conference organised by the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research and methods@manchester.

Date: 10 June 2019

Time: 9am-5pm

Fee: full day fee of £5 postgrad students or £10 non-postgrad students/other

Registration closes: 31 May 2019

Location: Roscoe Building, The University of Manchester, UK, M13 9PL

Conference outline

The conference is multi-disciplinary and focuses on methodological innovation in a wide range of fields including sociology, economics, criminology, health, and geography. The methods showcased are diverse and range from new automated approaches to dealing with large scale ‘noisy’ forms of big data to more personalised strategies that centre on co-production and citizen involvement. A key theme of the conference is highlighting methodological innovation across the stages of the research process, i.e. from initial research design to data collection, the use of extant data sources, analysis, the presentation and dissemination of results, and engaging with the public.

Structure to the day

The morning will begin with a keynote presentation, ‘Reflections on Methodological innovation: Challenges and opportunities’ from Professor Jane Elliott, University of Exeter.

In the afternoon, Dr Tom Smith, Managing Director of the new ONS Data Science Campus will deliver his keynote, ‘New forms of data for official statistics’.

The afternoon will provide two optional activities for attendees, which will be confirmed once conference registration closes on 31 May 2019:

  1. A data hackathon organised by the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM). In the hack, those participating will be given a set of datasets and asked to perform an analysis which requires information from some of the datasets.  The datasets are imperfect and participants will have to manage those imperfections. 
  2. A screening of a documentary film of an arts-based project about the process of recovery from substance use introduced by Professor Amanda Ravetz, Manchester Metropolitan University. 

Presentations throughout the day

Presentations will take place in concurrent sessions that will run across the whole day. Presenters and paper titles are listed below:

Registering for the event

This is a not-for-profit conference. We are making a small charge to attendees as a contribution to some of the costs.

Please note registration is now closed for this event.