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Social research methods website launched

13 Sep 2010

A website dedicated to helping academics get the most from the bewildering range of research techniques in the social sciences is being launched today by a team from The University of Manchester.

Part of the University's methods@manchester project, the website contains information on training and events as well as tutorials – in audio and video - given by internationally renowned methodological experts based at Manchester.

Among the tutorials currently available  at are Professor Penny Harvey on how anthropologists carry out ethnographic research and Dr Vanessa May on what narrative analysis is.

Training video: Professor Martin Everett on Social Network Analyis

The site also allows users to post questions on a Methods Forum and discuss methodological issues with other researchers.

Professor Angela Dale, from the University's  Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey (CCSR) is leading the project.

She said: "The University is one of the world's top institutions for a range of methodologies and we want to highlight this excellence.

"Our project, which is funded by the Faculty of Humanities, shows Manchester's strength in research methods in the social sciences and across the University."

Throughout the autumn semester, the methods@manchester team will be holding a series of events across the university.

These include weekly talks introducing a wide range of methods such as participatory research, multilevel modelling, ethno-fiction, data matching and linkage, action research.

On 13 September a Denim Workshop, run by sociologist Dr Sophie Woodward, explored interdisciplinary methods for researching Narratives and Materiality.

On 16 September Dr Andrew Irving, Lecturer in Social Anthropology holds a workshop on ethnographic methods which help us better understand disease, death and dying.

A Methods Fair takes place on  September 29, where researchers will able to hear methods related presentations by staff and PhD students, discuss a wide range of student posters and get information on training opportunities and short courses.

Notes for editors

For more information about methods@manchester, visit or email 

For media enquires contact:

Mike Addelman
Media Relations
Faculty of Humanities
The University of Manchester
0161 275 0790
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