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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
  • statistical modelling

Professor Peter Smith

Professor in Social Statistics

Professor Melanie Nind BEd(Hons), PhD. FAcSS

Professor in Education

Research interests

  • inclusive research
  • learning disability
  • research methods education

Professor Rosalind Edwards

Professor of Sociology

Research interests

  • Families and parenting
  • Qualitative and mixed research methods
  • Qualitative and longitudinal data analysis

Dr Katy Sindall

Lecturer in Criminology

Research interests

  • Public perceptions of the police, crime and the criminal justice system
  • Crime victimisation
  • Quantitative research

Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

Research outputs

Patrick Sturgis,
Gabriele Durrant,
& Ian Brunton-Smith
, 2021 , Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology , 9 (4) , 701--721
Type: article
Michelle, Marie Holmes,
Michela Insenga,
& Cordelia Sutton
, 2020 , Teaching in Higher Education , 25 (7) , 797--811
Type: article
Eliud Kibuchi,
Patrick Sturgis,
Gabriele Durrant,
, 2020 , Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology , 8 (2) , 264--284
Type: article
, 2020 , Oxford Review of Education , 46 (2) , 185--201
Type: article
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