6th LCSS PhD Methodology Conference

Jun 12, 2018 09:00

An opportunity for PhD and early-career researchers from diverse social science and humanities disciplines to meet and share their research experiences.

The 6th LCSS PhD Methodology Conference: Discussion of evidence in social science and humanities methodology

The main focus of the 6th LCSS PhD Methodology Conference is the impact of big data in discussion of evidence in social science and humanities. The aim of the conference is to bring together PhD students and early-career researchers from a variety of methodological perspectives in social science and humanities disciplines and create an opportunity to share their experiences in choosing their methodologies and the challenges they encounter in every step of their research.

The conference provides a unique opportunity for researchers to debate and reflect on their methodological choices, and to consider alternative approaches, methods, tools and sources. We encourage submissions on both qualitative and quantitative research methods, on interdisciplinary approaches and on innovative research methodologies. Papers are required to present a methodological aspect within the context of a substantive research project.

Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to:

  • From anecdotes/observations/archives/questionnaires/surveys etc. to big data in the whole spectrum of social science and humanities.
  • The impact of big data era on methodological choices, formulation of the research question and research design.
  • The key challenges in identifying the type of research methodology.
  • Research philosophy and adopting different ontological and epistemological positions. 
  • The advantages and disadvantages of using mixed-methods and methodologies.
  • Choosing appropriate methods, techniques and tools for the data collection.
  • The use of technology and innovative approaches.
  • Undertaking fieldwork in online spaces.
  • Ethical issues involved in conducting research.
  • The ways of facilitating implementation of research outcomes in the wider literature and among policy makers.



Dr Marios Samdanis, Brunel University London

“Using big data for social science and humanities”.

Dr Alasdair Jones, London School of Economics

“I want to mix, but how?  Conceptualising and designing mixed-methods studies”


Dr Fahri Karakas, University of East Anglia

“Professional development” - Workshop

Prof Mustafa Ozbilgin, Brunel University London

“How to write your methodology chapter?” – Workshop


You can submit your abstract via https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=phdmethodology2018

Submissions should take the form of an abstract of no more than 400 words, outlining your study and the methodological aspect(s) you address.

Papers that are accepted for presentation will be allocated to sessions by the conference convenors.

The conference will include keynote speeches alongside a number of panels.

There will be free lunch and coffee breaks on the conference day. Travel and accommodation expenses should be covered by the participants.

Registration fee:  Standard £40. On acceptance of your paper, payment can be made via our Online shop, the link for which will be available once acceptances have been communicated.

Further information: Please contact the conference organisers via k.osborne@socialstudies.org.uk


Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline:            26 March 2018

Paper notification:                                6 April 2018

Presenter registration deadline:           20 April 2018

Attendee registration deadline:           6 June 2018

Conference:                                         12 June 2018




Dr Alasdair Jones

Assistant Professor in Qualitative Research Methodology, London School of Economics

Dr Fahri Karakas

Fellow at LCSS & Researcher and Lecturer, University of East Anglia

Dr Marios Samdanis

Lecturer in Strategy, Entrepreneurship and International Management, Brunel University London


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