This event series addresses key areas of methodological development. The events are organised by the NCRM in collaboration with organisations that share same methodological interests.
Professor Gary King (Harvard) gave the NCRM Annual Lecture at the 6th ESRC Research Methdos Festival on 8th July 2014 at St Catherine's College in Oxford. Chinese social media censorship constitutes the largest selective suppression of human communication in history, which leaves large footprints that reveal a great deal about itself. Professor King's research team conducted an observational study, downloading all social media posts before the government can censor some, and then detecting which are censored. They also conducted a randomised experimental study, and a participatory study where they set up their own social media site there. The keynote demonstrated that criticisms of the state are published whereas posts with collective action potential are censored.
Why do fieldwork? NCRM Annual Lecture 2013 (23 October 2013)
In this NCRM Annual Lecture 'Why do fieldwork?', Professor Paul Atkinson (Cardiff University) reflected on research from across his career, arguing for the continuing relevance of rigorous field research, in contrast to more vaguely-specified 'qualitative' research. He emphasised the multi-modality of social life and the necessity for forms of 'thick description' that is faithful to the multiple modes of social and cultural organisation.
The challenges of the 21st century - the ineluctable need for multidisciplinarity, NCRM Annual Lecture 2012 (2 July 2012)
This lecture by Professor Sir John Beddington (Government Office for Science) covered some of the key challenges that are facing us in the 21st century and the real difference that the social sciences can make to addressing them. The focus was primarily on international issues: food, water and energy security, population growth, urbanisation, migration, climate change and disease. This lecture was given at the 5th ESRC Research Methods Festival on 2 July 2012 at St Catherine's College, Oxford.
Breaking new ground: NCRM Phase3 launch (19 October 2011)
NCRM launched the new Phase 3 nodes on Wednesday 19 October 2011 in an evening reception at the Royal Institute for British Architects in London. The reception gathered a large group of people across the social science research community with interests in methods.
Professor Paul Boyle, ESRC Chief Executive proposes in this NCRM Annual Lecture talk that administrative data that is gathered through central and local governments and throughout our everyday transactions, offer a rich resource for researchers. Paul Boyle shows examples of his research that uses administrative data, and highlights what kind of data can be used and for what purpose.
Celebrating Methods NCRM - Five years in (21 April 2009)
Since 2004 National Centre for Research Methods has been working to improve the range and quality of research methods used by the UK social science research community. NCRM celebrated its first five years on Tuesday 21 April 2009.