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Methods on the Move: Advanced postgraduate research methods school

Thursday, 12 November 2015, 08:45 - Friday, 13 November 2015, 17:30

The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA
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Research Methods

Research methods are always on the move. People experiment with modes of creating meaning and knowledge. Governmental institutions demand and develop new methods of data gathering and interpretation. Companies create similar demands for enhancing corporate information and knowledge and social movements for challenging ways of living. Yet, the critical issue is not simply an intensification of demands for new methods but also a reflection about what these methods are setting in motion.

This Research Methods School introduces recent developments in methods that seek to interfere in, rather than simply register, states of the world and their implications for research practice. Plenary and parallel working sessions will be offered by leading academics at the Open University and University of Oxford.

Thursday 12 November 2015 - 08:45-19:00 (registration from 08:00)
Friday 13 November 2015 - 09:00-17:30 (registration from 08:00)

List of speakers includes:

Professor Engin Isin, Professor of Citizenship, The Open University
Professor Elizabeth Silva, Professor of Sociology, The Open University
Professor Gillian Rose, Professor of Cultural Geography, The Open University
Professor Paul Stenner, Professor of Social Psychology, The Open University
Dr Stephanie Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, The Open University
Dr Umut Erel, Lecturer in Sociology, The Open University
Dr Laura Rival, Department of International Development, University of Oxford
Dr Thomas Thornton, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford
Dr Asma Mustafa, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford
Dr Maan Barua, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford
Dr Wendy Martin, Programme Leader for MSc Public Health and Health Promotion, Brunel University
Dr Louise Mansfield, Senior Lecturer & Deputy Director of BC-SHaW, College of Health and Life Sciences, Brunel University


Dr Shonil Bhagwat, Director of Postgraduate Degrees and Professor Jef Huysmans, Director of the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance

Information for participants

The programme includes plenary sessions and small group workshops on methods. Refreshments and sandwich lunch will be provided during breaks, but participants will need to make their own arrangements for accommodation and evening meals.

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The following videos are now available:

Dr Stephanie Taylor: Advancing discursive research

Professor Engin Isin: Acts as objects of research

Professor Gillian Rose: Where next for visual research methods?

Gillian's prezi presentation also available here.

Dr Louise Mansfield: Co-production of knowledge to enhance understanding of physical activity, health and wellbeing (



Registration is now closed.