The Hub

The Hub conducted research into the methodological research and training needs of the UK social science community, which informs policy and practice in relation to the development of research methods capacity in the UK. Hub staff also conducted their own methodological research.

The Hub was based at the University of Southampton.


LEMMA 3 focused on building capacity in the analysis of longitudinal data. They aimed to review and synthesise developments in longitudinal data analysis, develop and adapt new methodology that addresses problems in social research, apply the methods to substantive research projects, and implement the methodological research in the e-STAT software environment.

LEMMA 3 was based at the University of Bristol.


MODE developed multimodal methodologies for social scientists, providing systematic ways to investigate all modes of representation and communication in digital environments.

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


NOVELLA was concerned with the everyday habitual practices of families. They conducted research on family practices that are socially relevant and of concern to policymakers and practitioners in the UK and internationally.

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


PATHWAYS aimed to identify pathways that link socio-demographic circumstances and biological disadvantage to adult health, and parental family and socio-economic circumstances to infant mortality, with a particular emphasis on the mediating factors that lie on these pathways.

PATHWAYS was based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London.


PEPA aimed to stimulate a step change in the conduct of programme evaluation, and maximise the value of programme evaluation by improving the design of evaluations and improving the way that such evaluations add to the knowledge base.

PEPA was based at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and cemmap.


TALISMAN developed methods for geospatial data analysis and simulation, specifically models of spatial systems that emphasise interactions which reflect potential and flows at and between locations. They developed models which are part of a long tradition in applied geography and urban and regional economics.

TALISMAN was based at the University of Leeds and University College London.