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NCRM Research Methods Festival 2018 – Call for Proposals

The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) is seeking proposals for sessions in a new Methodological Innovation Strand* at the 8th Research Methods Festival to be held 3-5th July, 2018 at the University of Bath. Presentation at previous Research Methods Festival has been by invitation only and the intention of this call is to open the Festival to a wider range of researchers. We therefore particularly welcome applications from researchers who are not currently Principal Investigators on an ESRC funded award.

Session proposals can be in any area of social science research methodology and focus on any substantive or disciplinary area but should feature research at the cutting edge of methodological development.  Applications emphasising interdisciplinary working between social scientists and non-social scientists are particularly encouraged.

2018 will be the eighth biennial Festival, and previous events were highly successful in attracting around 800 social science researchers at various stages of their careers, from across a range of disciplines and sectors.  Past session topics have included: post-colonial and indigenous research methods; combining social science and molecular genetic research; biomarkers; qualitative comparative analysis; innovations in mobile survey methods; capturing research impact in the voluntary sector; the role of self and emotion within qualitative data analysis.

Session convenors must be based in a UK Higher Education Institution, ESRC recognised research institute or another ESRC recognised independent research organisation (IRO).  Proposals should be up to a maximum 500 words and should include the following information:

  • The title of the session
  • A description of the methodological focus of the proposed session
  • A justification for why the topic area is methodologically innovative
  • A list of proposed speakers, and affiliations (at this stage, the list of speakers can be indicative, although we encourage applicants to confirm in principle speaker commitments)

Sessions will be 90 minutes in duration and should include up to 4 presentations, with time allowed for discussion. NCRM will fund standard travel, subsistence and accommodation for UK convenors and speakers.  NCRM will consider proposals which include overseas speakers. However, budgets for attendance of overseas speakers will be subject to negotiation between NCRM and applicants prior to a proposal being accepted.

The 2016 Festival Programme has examples of sessions and different ways in which they can be organised.

Applicants may contact NCRM to arrange an informal discussion of their proposed panel by contacting Penny White at

Please submit your 500 word proposals to Penny White at

Deadline: 3pm Thursday 27th April 2017

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