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2021 Research Methods e-Festival

Innovation, adaptation and evolution of the social sciences

The 2021 Research Methods e-Festival took place on 25-29 October 2021. Organised by NCRM and methods@manchester, the festival featured more than 80 sessions over five days, with more than 130 speakers offering diverse perspectives on the festival’s theme: innovation, adaptation and evolution of the social sciences. The sold-out event, which was designed to be a celebration of research methods with an interdisciplinary social science flavour, was 100 per cent web based and was hosted on a dedicated interactive platform.


All attendees are invited to submit their feedback on the e-festival via our one-minute online survey. Complete the survey.

Festival programme

The packed e-festival programme featured sessions in eight different categories, including: workshops, expert clinics, panel discussions, "what is?" talks, keynote presentations, webinars and "in conversation" discussions. View the full e-festival programme.

Our four keynote speakers were: Professor Trisha Greenhalgh (University of Oxford), Professor Noshir Contractor (Northwestern University), Dr Ash Watson (University of New South Wales) and Amos Toh (Human Rights Watch).

Poster competition

A video poster competition took place during the event, with attendees at the festival voting for their favourite submission. Read our original call for expressions of interest.

Short courses

In addition to the main e-festival activities, a series of companion short courses were held throughout the week. The three courses were:

Further information

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