The Hub

The Hub team conducted research into the methods-related training needs of the UK social science community, interdisciplinarity between the social science disciplines, and innovations in methods.

The Hub was based at the University of Southampton.



ADMIN was interested in modelling the complexities and core processes that underlie observational social science data and in developing a set of statistical frameworks for combining data from different sources.

ADMIN was based at the Institute of Education, University of London.


BIAS II focused on addressing methodological challenges in the modelling of biases and complex structure in observational data, in particular surveys, longitudinal studies and small area data.

BIAS II was based at Imperial College London.


Lancaster-Warwick-Stirling node aimed to develop and extend statistical methodology and models related to correlated and longitudinal data with substantive applications in criminology, psychology, sociology and education.

This node was based at the University of Lancaster, University of Warwick and University of Stirling.


LEMMA II focused on the development of new multilevel modelling methodology to address important social science research questions and capacity building in quantitative social science.

LEMMA II was based at the University of Bristol.


QUIC was concerned with the integration and analysis of multiple data sources using CAQDAS software and the dissemination of such techniques through a training and capacity building programme.

QUIC was based at the University of Surrey and Royal Holloway, University of London.


Realities specialised in researching and analysing 'relationalities' - personal relationships and connections between people. Their focus was on developing methods that can capture the combination of vital, tangible and intangible dynamics in the way that personal relationships are lived.

Realities was based at the University of Manchester.


SIMIAN developed the methodology and the applicability of simulation in the social sciences.

SIMIAN was based at the University of Surrey and the University of Leicester.