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Research project

National Centre for Research Methods Phase 3, 2014-19

Project overview

The National Centre for Research Methods is a Centre funded by the Economic and Social Research Council focused on methodological development and training in the social sciences. It is a partnership between the Universities of Southampton, Manchester, and Edinburgh, led from Southampton. In 2014-19 the partners delivered:

A programme of methodological research to develop innovative ways of collecting and analysing new and traditional forms of social science research data. This comprised a set of inter-related work-packages undertaken by the collaborating partners and also a set of commissioned projects to complement and integrate with the Centre's research work-packages. There was an International Visitor Exchange Programme, further collaborative projects and centre-linked PhD students.

A programme of face-to-face training events in advanced areas of methodological practice, delivered by leading national and international experts at locations accessible to social scientists throughout the UK. The centre organized the Research Methods Festivals 2016 and 2018, held at the University of Bath.

An expanded Centre website, including an extensive directory of training events, a research methods document repository and the ReStore repository, offering a huge range of resources to enable social scientists to learn about new and emerging research methods.


Other researchers

Professor Gabriele Durrant PhD

Prof of Social Stats & Survey Method

Research interests

  • survey data collection
  • survey methodology

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Professor Melanie Nind BEd(Hons), PhD. FAcSS

Professor in Education

Research interests

  • inclusive research
  • learning disability

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Professor Peter Smith

Professor in Social Statistics

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Doctor Katy Sindall

Lecturer in Criminology

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Professor Rosalind Edwards

Professor of Sociology

Research interests

  • Families and parenting
  • Qualitative research methods

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Professor David Martin

Professor of Geography

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Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

Research outputs

Melanie Nind
, 2020 , Oxford Review of Education , 46 (2) , 185--201
Type: article
Emma Davidson,
Rosalind Edwards,
Lynn Jamieson,
, 2019 , Quality and Quantity , 53 (1) , 363--376
Type: article
Patrick Sturgis,
Jouni Kuha,
Nick Baker,
Mario Callegaro,
Stephen Fisher,
Jane Green,
Will Jennings,
Benjamin E. Lauderdale,
& Patten Smith
, 2018 , Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society) , 181 (3) , 757--781
Type: article
Jamie C. Moore,
, 2018 , Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society) , 181 (1) , 229--248
Type: article
James Robards,
Christopher G. Gale,
& David Martin
, 2017
Type: workingPaper
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