Conference and Funding Opportunities

ESRC Research Methods Festival 2018

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. The Festival will be held 3-5th July, 2018 at the University of Bath.


Closing date 2018-07-03 00:00:00 0


Enhancing the potential of Focus Groups

Focus groups are used regularly in qualitative research, but sometimes under-used in that the potential of this method is under-estimated. Focus groups can be much more than lightly structured group interviews, instead creating vibrant spaces for dialogue in contentious fields, allowing participants not just to articulate what they know, but also to know more critically through the communal exchange. The emphasis in this course is on how focus groups can be used as a constructive method particularly well suited to inclusive/participatory/transformative research designs. The day will include aspects of how to organise an effective focus group, but the primary focus will be on going beyond traditional focus groups by incorporating enriching features such as video stimulus, communal activities and repeated focus groups in iterative cycles. The tutor will draw on her experience of facilitating different kinds of focus groups for different purposes and participants. This one-day course provides opportunities to share practical experiences, distil insights, and learn about new possibilities. There will be activities to support skill development and prompt discussion. Course participants will be offered templates for planning focus groups. We will also address the types of analysis that make best use of focus group data. The tutor draws on her own experience in facilitating focus groups to present options including: - using photo and video stimulus for recall, reflection and dialogue - using activities within focus groups - iterative use of focus groups in dialogic cycles PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE COST TO ATTEND THIS COURSE


Closing date 2018-04-26 00:00:00 0

How to bring together multiple qualitative datasets: Expanding your analytic comfort zone

The course aims to expand participants’ analytic comfort zone by exploring the potentials and pitfalls of bringing together several sets of archived data to ‘scale up’ qualitative analysis. The course is likely to benefit doctoral and early career researchers, and those with an emerging interest in secondary analytic practice. It will also appeal to those developing funding applications for the ESRC (e.g. Secondary Data Analysis Initiative). This one-day course will provide the foundations for developing a project that brings together multiple sets of qualitative data from different sources. Participants will gain hands-on experience of accessing, searching, obtaining, and organising datasets from the UK Data Archive. They will learn how to survey the main features of the data landscape to acquire a precursory understanding of the nature, quality, and ’fit’ of the available material. They will work through different approaches to bringing assemblages of qualitative data together. They will consider issues such as the ethics of re-use, the significance of context, understandings of what constitutes a ‘case’, as well as reconciling differences between the datasets. Potential ways of carrying out analysis across the datasets will be outlined, as will the various ways such analysis can be used within a research project. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE A COST TO ATTEND THIS COURSE.


Closing date 2018-05-02 00:00:00 0

Critical Urban Ethnography: Place, people and power

This two-day course provides advanced training in urban ethnographic research. The course is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of ethnographic research through urban field encounters, and encourages participants to be attentive to how and why ethnography makes sense of the spatial and symbolic dimensions of urban change. The course aims to develop knowledge, understanding and confidence in conducting urban ethnography. The course includes field-based training and peripatetic teaching methods focussed on a particular fieldsite — Peckham in South London — alongside classroom-based workshops, in order to explore how places and people are connected to wider urban processes including discrimination, diversification, mobility and gentrification. Course participants will explore the challenges and strengths of urban ethnography through field encounters. In this way, the course inspires experiences that focus both on ethnography as a way of finding out and a process of critical reflection, connecting the particularities of people and places to wider processes of urbanisation. PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE A COST TO ATTEND THIS COURSE.


Closing date 2018-05-17 00:00:00 0

Understanding small areas: spatial analysis of population and neighbourhood data

This two day workshop equips participants with conceptual understanding and technical skills to obtain, analyse and visualise spatial data related to populations and neighbourhoods. Using freely available data related to the UK, a series of guided practicals enable participants to: - obtain census and survey data related to geographic areas - visualise, map and explore spatial patterns within individual and neighbourhood data - apply a suite of powerful spatial analysis tools and techniques to address real-world policy relevant questions at the small area level - uncover spatial and temporal characteristics and properties of small area data - understand how to convert data between different geographic boundaries used for data dissemination and the limitations of doing so - classify small areas and individuals based on their characteristics and understand their widespread application in neighbourhood analysis - explore novel near-real time user-generated data from social media - appreciate the technical, ethical and legal challenges and opportunities for working with individual level population data.Participants also have the chance to discuss their own related research or applications with other participants and the course tutors. - Hands on training introduces participants to powerful statistical and spatial analysis software (SPSS and ArcGIS) as well as the programming language R. Practical sessions are interspersed with lecture and discussions to contextualise and consolidate learning. Examples are drawn from the UK and are applicable in an international context and in a variety of application areas at different spatial scales. Population and neighbourhood data are widely used by the academic, policy-making and commercial sectors. PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE A COST TO ATTEND THIS COURSE.


Closing date 2018-05-31 00:00:00 0

Practical use of mini and micro-Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for the Environmental Sciences- 20-24th August 2018-Oban, Scotland

This comprehensive five-day course will provide you with the knowledge and hands-on, practical skills required to undertake an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) campaign safely, legally and successfully for NERC oriented science. This course has been specifically designed for environmental scientists with an interest in the application of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to their science and will take place at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in Oban, Scotland, where you will have the chance to fly both indoor and outdoor missions (weather permitting). Practical sessions will take the form of simulated mission scenarios, where you will have the chance to take an off-the shelf instrument, integrate it into a mini/micro UAV airframe. Alongside the hands-on sessions, lectures will be presented on topics including regulatory and air traffic legislation, flight planning and checks, and the miniaturisation and integration of instruments into UAV designs. If you have any questions, please contact Mica Jones –


Closing date 2018-07-20 00:00:00 0