Using Creative Research Methods


28/05/2024 - 29/05/2024

Organised by:

NCRM, University of Southampton


Dr Helen Kara


Intermediate (some prior knowledge)


Jacqui Thorp
Training and Capacity Building Coordinator, National Centre for Research Methods, University of Southampton


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Room TBC
University of Liverpool


This two day course will outline creative research methods and show you how to use them appropriately throughout the research process. The course assumes that you have a good working knowledge of conventional research methods, and builds on that knowledge by introducing arts-based methods, embodied methods, research using technology, multi-modal research, and transformative research frameworks such as participatory and activist research. Any or all of these techniques can be used alongside conventional research methods and are often particularly useful when addressing more complex research questions. You will have several opportunities to try applying these methods in practice. Attention will be paid to ethical issues throughout. The course will include plenty of practical advice and tips on using creative methods in research.

The course covers:

  • Arts-based methods
  • Embodied methods
  • Research using technology
  • Multi-modal research
  • Transformative research frameworks

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Have a good level of knowledge of creative research methods
  • Understand how to use creative methods alongside conventional methods
  • Understand when to use creative methods in research
  • Have more resources to counter any opposition to the use of creative methods
  • Know how creative methods can add value to funding bids

This course will be relevant for researchers from the third sector, public services (e.g. health, criminal justice, social care, education, local or national government), and those who work in independent research organisations or academia. It is an intermediate level course and attendees will need a good working knowledge of conventional research methods.

The course will run from 10.30-17.30 on Day One and  9:00-16:00 on Day Two at the University of Liverpool. Please note refreshments will be provided, but lunch will not (there are various outlets nearby to purchase something, or bring your own).

Preparatory Reading

Although not required participants may wish to purchase the book on which the course is based: Creative Research Methods: A Practical Guide (2nd edn), by the trainer, published by Policy Press. NB: if participants sign up for the monthly e-newsletter produced by Policy Press, they will receive a substantial discount on the book.



The fee per teaching day is: • £35 per day for registered students • £75 per day for staff at academic institutions, Research Councils researchers, public sector staff, staff at registered charity organisations and recognised research institutions. • £250 per day for all other participants. In the event of cancellation by the delegate a full refund of the course fee is available up to two weeks prior to the course. No refunds are available after this date. If it is no longer possible to run a course due to circumstances beyond its control, NCRM reserves the right to cancel the course at its sole discretion at any time prior to the event. In this event every effort will be made to reschedule the course. If this is not possible or the new date is inconvenient a full refund of the course fee will be given. NCRM shall not be liable for any costs, losses or expenses that may be incurred as a result of the cancellation of a course. The University of Southampton’s Online Store T&Cs also continue to apply.

Website and registration:


North West


Mixed Methods Approaches (other), Creative research methods, Arts-based research, Embodied methods, multi-modal research, Research using technology, Transformative research frameworks

Related publications and presentations:

Mixed Methods Approaches (other)

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